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12:20 AM ET, March 23, 2007

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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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Notes From News Corp./NBC Universal Media Call  —  I've just joined the "NewTube" media call with NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and News Corp. COO Peter Chernin.  Notes to follow.  —  Chernin is kicking things off.  It took him about 2 minutes to say "Web 2.0″ for the first time.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why the NBC/Newscorp Video Venture is a Great Idea  —  I have no idea what the traffic will be for this new venture if they create a single destination site.  I have no idea what the traffic will be for video hosted by the distribution partners they signed up, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and Fox and NBC/Universal sites themselves.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
News Corp. and NBC announce partnership to create YouTube competitor  —  News Corp. and NBC have announced a deal to create a new video distribution site, dubbed the "YouTube killer" by many.  The companies have also formed partnerships with a number of big players, including Yahoo! …
Discussion: Neowin.net, Slashdot and digg
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
NBCU-News Corp.: More Like The Anti-YouTube Than YouTube Killer  —  A lot of attention has been paid here and elsewhere to the notion that major media companies were planning a MeTooTube.  But the venture actually being created by NBC Universal and News Corp. goes far beyond—it's more like the anti-YouTube.
CNET News.com:   NBC, News Corp. push new Web rival to YouTube
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey Ma! They got TV on the Internet now!
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   NBC Universal/News Corp Online Video Deal Demonstrates That The …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
NBC, News Corp. Launch YouTube Rival: Live Coverage
Discussion: Epicenter
USA Today:
Jet passengers may not get to chat on cellphones after all  —  The once-highflying idea of letting passengers use their wireless phones on airplanes is about to be grounded.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is recommending the FCC drop its tentative plan to lift …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
FCC hits brakes on in-flight calling (for now)
Discussion: TechSpot News
Brandon Badger / Google Maps API Official Blog:
KML and GeoRSS Support Added to the Google Maps API  —  Posted by Nigel Tao, Software Engineer, Google Maps Team  —  One of the things I love most about Google Maps and Google Earth is that it's easy for anyone to create and display new geographically referenced content.
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Light Reading:
Google Earth Mash-Up Helps Mesh Mumbai
Discussion: WebProNews
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Earth Meet Wi-Fi Mesh
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DMCA takedown backlash: EFF sues Viacom over Colbert parody clip  —  Viacom's DMCA takedown notices continue to generate controversy.  The media giant fired off more than 100,000 notices to YouTube earlier this year, but it appears to have caught numerous legitimate videos in the crossfire.
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EFF: Breaking News:
Free Speech Battle Over Online Parody of 'Colbert Report'
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP goes web 2.0, buys Tabblo  —  Now this is one Web 2.0 acquisition that makes sense!  Hewlett-Packard has acquired Tabblo, Massachusetts-based company that makes it easier for consumers to upload and printing their photos from the web.  Think of Tabblo as iPhoto rest of us …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   When Social Web Tools Get Creative
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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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:   Yahoo Widgets vs Google Desktop
Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS  —  UPDATED: Microsoft is frequently dinged for having insecure products, with security holes and vulnerabilities.  But Symantec (Quote), no friend of Microsoft, said in its latest research report that when it comes to widely-used operating systems …
Jon Murchinson / Google:
Michael Moritz Will Not Seek Re-Election to Google's Board of Directors  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that Michael Moritz has informed the company that he will not seek re-election to its board of directors at the 2007 stockholder meeting.  Moritz, who has been a director since May 1999 …
Discussion: Valleywag, WebProNews and VentureBeat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle sues SAP; alleges 'corporate theft on a grand scale'  —  IN FOCUS » See more posts on: Oracle  —  The war between Oracle and SAP is about to move beyond enterprise applications to the courtroom.  —  Oracle said Wednesday that it has sued SAP "about corporate theft on a grand scale" seeking undisclosed damages.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One  —  The "wisdom of crowds" is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki's book of the same name.  At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.
Discussion: digg
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Political group asks Bono to halt Mercs 2 production  —  Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign speaks out  —  Political activisits are calling on U2 singer Bono, as an investor in Pandemic Studios, to halt the development of forthcoming shooter Mercenaries 2: World in Flames.
 
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