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9:25 AM 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp, NBC May Announce Distributed YouTube Competitor Tomorrow  —  There have been rumors of a TV network led joint venture to compete with YouTube for months - the first time we heard it was just a couple of days after the first rumor of Google's acquisition of the company.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and PaidContent
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
More on Youtube-Rivals JV: Fox, NBC and Sony; Distribution on MySpace, MSN and Yahoo
Discussion: Techdirt
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple TV Has Landed  —  In the technology world, conventional wisdom says that we'll soon be saying R.I.P. for the DVD.  Internet downloads are the future, baby.  No driving, no postpaid envelopes.  Any movie, any TV show, any time.  —  Only one problem: once you've downloaded the shows to your computer …
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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.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and GigaOM
Gizmodo:
WSJ Pulp Bite: Mossy and Kate Get Up On the Apple TV 10 Days Early
Tony Smith / The Register:
Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Yes, you can accept Apple's logic that "it all just works" straight out of the packaging, but there are better reasons for moving to a Mac than a factor that's just as true of modern PCs these days.
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Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Mac gaming on the cheap: Our favorite low-cost Mac games
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Lack of Mac malware baffles experts
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CIOs Spurn Web 2.0 Startups - Enterprises Want Suites and Large, Incumbent Software Vendors  —  Forrester Research has just released two reports concerning 'web 2.0' in the enterprise.  Forrester recently surveyed 119 CIOs on the topic and their answers illustrate what IT honchos want …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Two views of Web 2.0 in business
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Kongregrate, the online social game hub  —  Kongregate, of San Francisco, launches tomorrow with a host of Web games targeted at young males with social networking components pushing new bounds.  —  Kongregate is signifiacant because it targets a group that until now hasn't been served by online social games.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Kongregate Gets $1M, Launches User Generated Games
Discussion: A+E Interactive
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
The Huffington Post:
Phil de Vellis, aka ParkRidge47: I Made the "Vote Different" Ad  —  Hi.  I'm Phil.  I did it.  And I'm proud of it.  —  I made the "Vote Different" ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process.
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Yahoo Widgets 4 Launches  —  Update: it's now live!  —  Yahoo Widgets 4 is set to launch in a few moments, and the anticipation is killing us!  In Yahoo's latest round of widgetry, there will be an improved widget dock that can be attached to any corner of your monitor …
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 …
Jay Fortner / Read/WriteWeb:
Dekoh Challenges Apollo As Desktop/Web Platform  —  After the tremendous build-up and response to Adobe's Apollo platform, which aims to integrate desktop apps with the Web, we must also remember there are other products trying for the same thing.  Dekoh is one such competitor and …
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
How To Market Your Web App  —  So after 1 year of fund-raising, planning and development, your shiny new beta web app is finally ready... and now you think it's marketing time.  You want to reach thousands of users as quickly as possible.  Aha, you think, the cheapest and shortest path is viral marketing …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
User Community and ROI  —  Every time I give a talk, someone always asks, "That's all good and nice that helping users learn is the key to creating passionate users... but who's going to do all that extra work?  Who's going to make the extra tutorials and better docs?"  Answer: your user community.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft says Xbox security wasn't breached  —  Microsoft found no evidence of a security breach on its Xbox Live or Bungie.net online gaming services, and gamers who had trouble with their accounts were likely duped into giving up their details to fraudsters, the company said Wednesday.
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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.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Linux MCE looks hot  —  MythTV, the popular Linux based PVR project, has been around for some time.  It's nice, and it functions well, but it's only as functional as Windows Media Center Edition plus, it can be difficult to install and configure.  Linux MCE, which wraps MythTV up into a nice package …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft severs Live Search from the rest of the Windows Live family  —  Live Search is no longer part of the larger Windows Live services family, in terms of engineering and development.  —  One by-product of the March 21 Microsoft announcement of the creation of a new Search and Ad Platform group got relatively little play.
Gizmodo:
AppleTV First Unboxing  —  Packaging is one of the only things about the AppleTV that we haven't seen already.  I was lucky enough to get one early.  Biggest surprise?  No cables in the box.  —  NOAH ROBISCHON
Discussion: Cult of Mac, PaulStamatiou.com and digg
 
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FatKat to use quant investing to help you pick stocks
PrimeNewswire:
Global Venture Capital Investment in Web 2.0 Companies On the Rise
Motorola:
Motorola Announces Revised Guidance for First Quarter and Actions …
Reuters:
Yahoo CEO praises new ad system, says "very happy"