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5:50 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 …
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 …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
NBC, News Corp. team up against YouTube
Cecile Daurat / Bloomberg:
News Corp., NBC Begin YouTube Rival to Reclaim Shows (Update1)
Discussion: I4U News
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:   Why the NBC/Newscorp Video Venture is a Great Idea
CNET News.com:   NBC, News Corp. push new Web rival to YouTube
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
NBC, News Corp. Launch YouTube Rival: Live Coverage
Discussion: Epicenter
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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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Get Vista-Like Widget Functionality On XP With New Yahoo Widgets
Discussion: Mashable! and Connecting the Dots
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:   Yahoo Widgets vs Google Desktop
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  —  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 …
Discussion: the Onda
Antonio / The Tabblo Blog:   Hot off the presses
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?
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Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
Unboxing the production Nokia N95
Discussion: Darla Mack and Engadget Mobile
BBC:
Xbox Live accounts 'not hacked'  —  Microsoft has denied reports that users of its Xbox Live online gaming service have had their accounts hacked.  —  It follows a number of complaints from gamers that their IDs, or gamer tags, have been taken over while playing.
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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 …
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.
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Judge rules COPA unconstitutional  —  A federal judge has ruled that the Child Online Protection Act, which would have criminalized much of the sexual content on the Internet, violates First and Fifth Amendment rights.  —  The 1998 U.S. law included both civil and criminal penalties …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo names click fraud czar  —  Yahoo has promoted one of its staff attorneys to an executive-level position that is akin to being click fraud czar at the second largest Web search provider.  —  For seven years, Reggie Davis helped the Web search company defend itself against lawsuits …
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
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Walter S. Mossberg / WSJ Personal Technology:
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