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1:10 PM ET, March 22, 2007

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Los Angeles Times:
News Corp., NBC pull together to challenge YouTube  —  Several media giants are teaming up to challenge Google Inc. and its YouTube video-sharing service, seeking to blunt their incursion into the entertainment business.  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal plan to announce as soon as today …
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Business Wire:
NBC Universal and News Corp. Announce Deal with Internet Leaders AOL, MSN, MySpace And Yahoo! to Create a Premium Online Video Site with Unprecedented Reach  —  Charter Advertisers, Including Cadbury Schweppes, Cisco, Esurance, Intel and General Motors, Will Now Reach 96% of U.S. Internet Audience Through This Groundbreaking Venture
Discussion: Screenwerk and Licence to Roam
Cecile Daurat / Bloomberg:
News Corp., NBC Begin YouTube Rival to Reclaim Shows (Update1)  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal Inc. are leading a group of media companies building a rival to Google Inc.'s Youtube video-sharing Web site in an effort to loosen its grip on online programs.  —  News Corp. and NBC Universal …
Discussion: Tech Beat, I4U News and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TV Networks Launch New Company To Counter Perceived Google/YouTube Threat  —  The rumors of a joint venture to counter the perceived Google-YouTube threat, dubbed "Clown Co." by Google executives, are now confirmed, although the name of the new company is not yet available.
Discussion: The Social Web
Josh Bernoff / The Groundswell:
NBC/News Corp. site faces challenges  —  According to the LA Times, NBC and NewsCorp will create a shared destination site for their television and movie content.  Sure, advertisers will get excited about the chance to sponsor the American Idol page on the site, so the motivation is obvious.
Valleywag:   BREAKING: Google's enemies assemble
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp, NBC May Announce Distributed YouTube Competitor Today; Google Scoffs
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
More on Youtube-Rivals JV: Fox, NBC and Sony; Distribution on MySpace, MSN and Yahoo
Discussion: Techdirt
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox Live Security  —  Despite some recent reports and speculation, I want to reassure all of our 6 million Xbox Live members that we have looked into the situation and found no evidence of any compromise of the security of the Xbox Live Network or Bungie.net.
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Nokia:
Nokia N95 multimedia computer starts shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that the Nokia N95 started shipping in key European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets, with expanded shipments to other markets in those regions in the coming weeks.  The Nokia N95 is an all-in-one multimedia computer …
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Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
Unboxing the production Nokia N95  —  OK, so we weren't actually planning to do a formal unboxing, but the packaging is very different from previous Nseries smartphones, plus there was a surprise in the N95's box.  Read on...  [Updated]  —  Unusually, the N95 came in arty, minimalist packaging.
Discussion: Darla Mack and Engadget Mobile
Yahoo! Widgets Blog:
It's Here!  —  Yes!  Yahoo Widgets 4 is now available for download.  This version has a lot of cool new features for users as well as developers of Widgets.  —  For those that think we've been sitting around drinking tequila and not really focusing on Konfabulator/Yahoo Widgets …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Get Vista-Like Widget Functionality On XP With New Yahoo Widgets
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:   Yahoo Widgets 4 Launches
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Appoints New Click Quality Czar  —  I've always believed that click fraud was a bigger PR problem than actual problem for the search engines.  Of course there have been raging debates about the percentage of "invalid clicks" that advertisers were receiving and what the click fraud numbers actually are.
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HP:
HP to Acquire Tabblo, Aims to Make Printing from Web Easier  —  HP today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tabblo Inc., a privately-held developer of web-based software located in Cambridge, Mass.  —  HP plans to leverage Tabblo's technologies to make printing …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP goes web 2.0, buys Tabblo
Discussion: the Onda
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Best Buy finagles Apple TV exclusive  —  The blue-shirted ones scored a mini coup this week.  —  Best Buy said today that the just-released Apple TV will be available in all 822 of its U.S. stores starting Tuesday.  That's two weeks ahead of all other retailers that are not named the Apple Store.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Kongregate Gets $1M, Launches User Generated Games  —  We covered Kongregate when they were in private beta, but they're officially public with a new wad of cash from some big names to back them up.  They've created a gaming community around Flash games developed by other users …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kongregrate, the online social game hub
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Online Video Ads Leave GIFs and JPGs Standing Still, Says DoubleClick  —  When it comes to grabbing the attention of Web surfers, advertising distributed via online video handily outpaces static image ads, according to a new DoubleClick report.  —  The company studied more than 300 online …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Did Google turn down the revenue knob?  —  Tonight at Jeff Pulver's awesome party I met a Google employee who I'll keep nameless.  He works closely with the advertising team and found it interesting that I noticed that Google is putting fewer advertisements on each page than its competitor.
Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
Congress Must Make Clear Copyright Laws To Protect Consumers  —  Here comes another in the long line of lawsuits between media companies and Internet companies over who gets to distribute content.  This time it's Viacom, the enormously rich owner of properties like Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central …
Discussion: Techdirt and Public Knowledge
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge's decision leaves RIAA with lose-lose situation in Elektra v. Santangelo  —  The case of Elektra v. Santangelo has been one of the more closely followed cases in the RIAA's crusade against suspected file sharers, due in no small part to the aggressiveness of Patti Santangelo's defense.
Discussion: Recording Industry vs … and digg
 
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Reuters:
Are You a Slob? Good, You're More Productive
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Oracle claims Yahoo as Linux convert
The Huffington Post:
Phil de Vellis, aka ParkRidge47: I Made the "Vote Different" Ad
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft severs Live Search from the rest of the Windows Live family
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Linux MCE looks hot
Discussion: Channel 9, eHomeUpgrade and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CIOs Spurn Web 2.0 Startups - Enterprises Want Suites and Large …