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8:00 PM ET, March 22, 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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: TV Networks Launch New Company To Counter Perceived Google/YouTube Threat  —  Update: My real time notes from the media conference call are here.  —  The rumors of a joint venture to counter the perceived Google-YouTube threat, dubbed "Clown Co." by Google executives …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   NBCU-News Corp.: More Like The Anti-YouTube Than YouTube Killer
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
NBC, News Corp. team up against YouTube
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
NBC, News Corp. Launch YouTube Rival: Live Coverage
Discussion: Epicenter
CNET News.com:   NBC, News Corp. push new Web rival to YouTube
Valleywag:   ARMCHAIR GENERAL: Google's tactical error
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
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Get Vista-Like Widget Functionality On XP With New Yahoo Widgets
Discussion: Mashable! and Connecting the Dots
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 …
Discussion: VC Ratings and StartupSquad.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP goes web 2.0, buys Tabblo
Discussion: the Onda and The Tabblo Blog
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   When Social Web Tools Get Creative
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.
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Gizmodo:
Apple TV: Worth It?
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 …
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 …
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 and VentureBeat
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.
Gamasutra:
Q&A: Kongregate's Greer On His Game Portal 2.0  —  Social Flash gaming portal Kongregate has today announced the launch of a series of new features as part of their Beta release.  The site has been running since last October, when it was launched as an invitation-only Alpha build …
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.
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 …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
A Great WebEx Alternative: Zoho Meeting  —  Zoho just launched a private beta for Zoho Meeting, their new online meeting application that will overlap with the important features of WebEx (recently acquired by Cisco) - desktop sharing.  They'll be bleeding new users in …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to study need for more Net neutrality regulation  —  The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it will study whether stronger language is necessary in its policy on protecting Net neutrality, but consumer groups and Democratic commissioners criticized the move for not being bold enough.
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Google's Privacy Policy Is Clearer, Not Tougher  —  When Google announced a change in its privacy policy last week, it got some gushing headlines like, "Google adopts tougher privacy safeguards."  —  But upon closer examination, it seems the change was not to protect your privacy on the Web …
 
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BBC:
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Yahoo names click fraud czar
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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