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5:00 AM ET, April 30, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Buy Ad Company in Bid to Compete With Google  —  Yahoo plans to acquire Right Media, a privately held company that runs an advertising marketplace, in part to bolster its position as a seller and broker of ads outside its own sprawling network of Web sites, the companies' chief executives said yesterday.
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Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire Right Media, Largest Emerging Online Advertising Exchange  —  Key Step in Executing Yahoo!'s Long-Term Strategy to Transform How Online Advertisers Connect to and Engage With Their Customers - Both On and Off the Yahoo! Network
Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Democracy and the online ad  —  Tonight we're announcing the acquisition of Right Media, which I believe has the potential to dramatically enhance Internet advertising.  We hope to revolutionize the way ads are bought and sold on the Internet and, in turn, drive more value for advertisers, publishers, and partners.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo answers GoogleClick, buys Right Media for $680M  —  Yahoo has acquired online ad exchange company, Right Media, for $680 million, a move that shows Yahoo is not resting in the wake of Google's purchase of banner ad company Doubleclick earlier this month.  —  The WSJ reported the story just now.
Discussion: moneyweb.co.za
Pat McCarthy / Conversion Rater:
Yahoo Acquires Right Media: I'm a Yahooligan!  —  The New York Times, jumped the gun by a few hours but the story is out that Yahoo has acquired my employer Right Media.  —  There's really a lot that could be said about it, but I think generally the most important thing is that I'm extremely excited …
Discussion: flashpoint and WebMetricsGuru
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Yahoo! Buys Right Media (Big Surprise)  —  When Yahoo! bought 20% of Right Media last October, some folks wondered why it didn't buy the whole shebang, and figured that would happen before long.  So it did—Yahoo! announces today that it has acquired the other 80% of the online advertising exchange for a fairly hefty $680 million.
Katie Watson / Google:
Google and Four US States Improve Public Access to Government Websites  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced partnerships with the states of Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia to make it easier to search for hard-to-find public information on state government websites.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
The Post-Money Era  —  Money is the great corrupter of American politics, turning candidates into the puppets of soulless corporations and selfish millionaires — unless, of course, you happen to be on the side that has more of it.  Which is why Democrats who have long railed against the venality …
Discussion: Media SITREP
New York Times:
One Call to Tell the World All About You  —  While Walter Zai was in South Africa watching the wild animals recently, people around the world were watching him.  —  Mr. Zai, a 37-year-old Swiss engineer, used his mobile phone to send out constant updates and images from his safari for an online audience.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Michael Clemente / ABCNEWS:
A Guide to the New and Improved ABCNEWS.com  —  "They tell us all the time that the future is out there on the Internet, right?"  — Peter Jennings  —  "World News Tonight", 1997  —  Welcome to the new ABCNEWS.com.  —  Our Web site turns 10 years old in May.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
ABCNews.com Relaunches with Citizen Journalism
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Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
New toys read brain waves  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.  —  But this is no chintzy Halloween costume.  It's a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain wave-reading technology.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hey Vudu, CableCos slow, not stupid  —  Vudu, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based start-up is getting a lot of buzz this morning, thanks to a rather extensive article in the New York Times.  Their set-top box is supposed to make downloading and watching movies a pleasurable experience …
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Paul Colligan / Paul Colligan's Profitable Podcasting:
Podshow And Sirius Part - Satellite Radio Becomes Even Less Important  —  I'm surprised this hasn't made Techmeme yet.  —  Podshow and Sirius have parted ways.  Here are some thoughts on the divorce from P Dub and Chris.  Let's not forget American Cliche or Tartan Stories.
Discussion: Podcast Pickle
Jimmie Geddes / Gadgets on the Go:
Official T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade leaked  —  T-Mobile is expected to offer the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade to current Dash owners next week for download.  It has been leaked on the usual sites known for obtaining these upgrades (I'm not going to list the sites).
Nisan Gabbay / Startup Review:
Reddit Case Study: How personality impacts product success  —  Why profiled on Startup Review  —  Reddit is a social news site that was launched in June 2005.  As of April 2007, Reddit is generating ~170,000 unique visitors and 1.9M page views per day.  The company was acquired …
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Double your userbase with two lines of code and a box of Modafinil  —  First impressions count.  —  Users judge a site just within a fraction of a second.  Many hit the back button before reading the first line of text.  And of the few that decide to stick around for a minute and give you a chance …
 
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