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2:50 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  —  After I went off air from my CNBC spot today talking about NewTube — the News Corp & NBC YouTube-alike — I came up with another reason why I think the service is no real threat to YouTube.  (It may be a threat to iTunes, but that's a different discussion.)
Discussion: Digital Markets
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
NBC & News Corp's "OverTube" Not A YouTube-Killer — It Might Just Power Those
Discussion: Lost Remote and IP Democracy
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
Heather Green / Blogspotting:   Details from Call on NBC and News Corp.'s Video Joint Venture
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: 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
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google is Supporting GeoRSS  —  GeoRSS, a very simple to use OGC format that extends RSS by adding location data, can now be consumed via Google Maps and the Google maps API.  Congrats to Mikel and the OGC!  As Google stated on the Google Maps API blog:
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RevDanCatt / geobloggers:   Google Map + geoRSS
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Are CIOs "dead weight"?  —  In my commentary on the latest Financial Times Digital Business podcast, I look at Chris Anderson's charge that chief information officers are turning into "dead weight."  In case you missed it, Anderson had a provocative post on his blog late last month titled "Who Needs a CIO?"
BBC:
PlayStation 3 launched in Europe  —  Sony has launched its PlayStation 3 (PS3) console in Europe and Australia, hoping to retake its gaming crown.  —  The company trails Microsoft and Nintendo in sales of next generation consoles and the launch has been beset with problems in the last year.
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 …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Current Mashup and API Trends  —  Web 2.0 has brought us a flock of APIs and the wonderful new concept of a Web mashup.  Thanks to apps like Google Maps, del.icio.us and Flickr, we have started to think a lot about remixing the web.  In the figure below is a classic example of a mashup - a Twitter Map.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Compulsory music licenses to get Congressional overhaul courtesy of "Mr. Hollywood"
Discussion: digg
Chris Buffa / GameDaily:
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Washington Post:
Judge Rejects Law Aimed at Internet Porn
Paul / Rogue Amoeba:
AppleTV Surprises And Impressions
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
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox Live Service Maintenance
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel touts ultramobile chip for UMPCs
 Earlier Items: 
Kotaku:
Xbox Crashes French PS3 Launch
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
'A Swarm of Angels' crowdsourcing film production
Discussion: A Swarm of Angels and digg
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
Ryan Carson / TechCrunch:
Web Apps 101: Your Three Point Success Plan
Podcasting News:
Podcasting Audience Up 18% Since Last Year
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Viacom Sued Over YouTube Parody Removal