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3:30 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: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Gamasutra:
Microsoft Admits Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Support Possible  —  Although the eventuality has been hinted at before, Xbox UK head Neil Thompson has stated again that if the Blu-ray format becomes significantly more successful than the HD-DVD format then the company will support it with the Xbox 360.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Kotaku
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?"
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 …
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Buyout firm Blackstone files for brazen $4 billion IPO
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
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel touts ultramobile chip for UMPCs
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Current Mashup and API Trends
 Earlier Items: 
Kotaku:
Xbox Crashes French PS3 Launch
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
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google is Supporting GeoRSS
BBC:
PlayStation 3 launched in Europe
 

 
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