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4:10 PM ET, March 23, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Clown Co.: Name This Thing Fast Before It's Too Late  —  For the last twenty-four hours we've been reporting a nearly non-stop stream of facts (and some speculation) about the new, unamed News Corp./NBC Universal joint venture to launch later this year.
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Richard Siklos / New York Times:
News Corp. and NBC in Web Deal  —  In a long-anticipated challenge to YouTube and other online video sites, two big media companies yesterday announced a new venture to showcase their own programming across the Internet's biggest Web sites, as well as a new jointly owned Web destination.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Picking Hits, and the Trouble with NewTube
Discussion: Digital Markets
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
NBC & News Corp's "OverTube" Not A YouTube-Killer — It Might Just Power Those
Discussion: IP Democracy and InsideGoogle
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
NBCU-News Corp.: Who's In, Who's Not, Who's Coming
Discussion: Lost Remote
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
NBCU-News Corp.: Early Ad Payoff
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ruby Huang / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly to postpone Leopard to support Windows Vista  —  Apple is expected to launch its next generation Leopard operating system (OS) in April, but according to industry sources, the release of the new OS will be postponed to October to allow Apple to make Leopard support Windows Vista through …
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AppleInsider:
DigiTimes: Apple may delay Leopard release till October
Discussion: MacRumors and MacSlash
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:   A Vista driver case study
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Is Microsoft's Vista behind Apple's alleged 'Leopard' delay?
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Competition, Apollo  —  The official developer release of Apollo, a platform that lets developers run their web applications outside of the browser, offline and on the desktop, is less than a week old, and they already have competition.  —  Firefox 3 will allow sites to work offline by accessing local datastores.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Cost Per News and JD on EP
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David Young / Joyeur:
Joyent Slingshot [22]  —  Joyent Slingshot allows developers to deploy Rails applications that work the same online and offline (with synchronization) and with drag into and out of the application just like a standard desktop application.  We have Joyent Connector and a select group …
Discussion: Message and StartupSquad.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Apple TV rocks  —  I bought an Apple TV tonight.  —  I've watched Ask a Ninja, Rocketboom, my show, and Ze Frank on it so far.  —  Works as advertised.  Easy to setup.  It rocks.  —  It makes me want to put out a high res version of my show.  But, it's pretty watchable, even at the low resolution it is.
Paul / Rogue Amoeba:
AppleTV Surprises And Impressions  —  Minutes after they were announced on January 9th, we at Rogue Amoeba ordered two AppleTVs to test out.  Just as we extended and improved the AirPort Express with Airfoil, we're evaluating what we can do for the AppleTV.  Today our AppleTVs have finally arrived and I've been testing them out.
Business Week:
Where Is Microsoft Search?  —  Its stumbles on the Web could open the door for rivals to come after its core business  —  Time has always seemed to be Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT ) ally.  In the company lore, the software giant takes three cracks at a market before establishing supremacy.
San Francisco Chronicle:
So who will get the story?  —  I wasn't surprised that my recent column on the need for newspapers to charge for online content drew heated reaction from cyberreaders and bloggers.  —  What did surprise me was the sense of entitlement many of these people exhibited when it came to benefiting …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Apple TV screensaver is hot  —  Sure, everyone is looking inside the Apple TV and at it, but check out what it does on screen when it's twiddling its thumbs and waiting for you to command your library!  Now I don't have mine just yet; it's still hanging out in a local FedEx distribution center …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and digg
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Belgian company loses lawsuit against Google  —  ServersCheck contends that Google's Suggest points to pirated versions of its software  —  A Belgian court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a company that said a feature for Google Inc.'s search engine offers up password-cracking tools and serial numbers to unlock their software.
Discussion: Google Watch
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Chief Says F.C.C. Is Against Cellphone Use on Airliners  —  The Federal Communications Commission will give up on the idea of allowing cellphone use on airplanes, the chairman said on Thursday, because it is not clear whether the network on the ground can handle the calls.
Reuters:
Vonage tumbles on Verizon patent injunction  —  A federal judge delays signing a permanent injunction barring the broadband company from using Verizon's VoIP technologies.  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va (Reuters) — A federal judge said Friday he would issue an injunction barring Vonage Holdings Corp …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Browser
Lifehacker:
LH Top 10: Must-have Firefox extensions  —  If ever a software application was built to be more than itself, it's Mozilla Firefox.  Over the past 2 years we've tried, loved and posted dozens of feature-adding extensions for our favorite web browser.  But today we have the master, grand daddy list of 10 must-haves.
Discussion: digg
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft temporarily closes video site  —  Microsoft is closing its video-sharing site, Soapbox, to new users for up to two months so it can create better safeguards against pirated content.  —  The software giant, which agreed earlier Thursday to distribute movies and TV shows for big media companies …
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
Hands-on with Hi-Tech Wealth's solar powered S116  —  We had the opportunity to check out HTW Electronics' S116 at CeBIT, and good golly, it's real!  For an estimated 400 to 500 dollars, this solar powered device can be yours as early as next month — that is, if you live in China — and potentially late fall in Europe.
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Unwired View
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Buyout firm Blackstone files for brazen $4 billion IPO
Gamasutra:
Microsoft Admits Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Support Possible
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Kotaku
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Compulsory music licenses to get Congressional overhaul courtesy of "Mr. Hollywood"
Discussion: digg
Chris Buffa / GameDaily:
Feature: Top Five Most Overrated Industry People
Washington Post:
Judge Rejects Law Aimed at Internet Porn
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Music publishers accuse XM of copyright infringement
Discussion: Techdirt
BBC:
TV networks plan rival to YouTube
Discussion: Profy.Com and Liberate Media
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Current Mashup and API Trends
 Earlier Items: 
Kotaku:
Xbox Crashes French PS3 Launch
Nick / Rough Type:
Are CIOs "dead weight"?
IGN:
Top 10 Tuesday: Toughest Games to Beat
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When is a TV not a TV?  —  As I predicted here last week …
Business Wire:
Palm Reports Q3 FY07 Results
Podcasting News:
Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google is Supporting GeoRSS
BBC:
PlayStation 3 launched in Europe
 

 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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