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1:15 PM ET, April 30, 2007

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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.
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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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Buy Ad Company in Bid to Compete With Google
BBC:
BBC gets TV on-demand service OK  —  BBC shows such as Doctor Who and EastEnders are to be made available on-demand after the BBC's iPlayer service was given the green light.  —  The service - which will launch later this year - allows viewers to watch programmes online for seven days after their first TV broadcast.
Discussion: Liberate Media and Slashdot
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Kate Holton / Reuters:   BBC to launch on-demand TV
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo loses VP of consumer search, to Accel Partners  —  Yahoo, the Sunnyvale search engine trying to stem shrinkage of its market share in search, has lost a key search executive to a venture capital firm.  —  Andrew Braccia quietly quit as Yahoo's vice president of consumer web search earlier this month …
Frank De Maria / Text Analytics Solutions …:
REUTERS ADVANCES DEVELOPMENT OF SEARCH CAPABILITY WITH THE ACQUISITION OF CLEARFOREST  —  Deal will help develop Reuters advanced search backbone  —  Reuters (LSE: RTR; NASDAQ: RTRSY), the global information company, has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of ClearForest Ltd. …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Search Engine Land
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Reuters Acquires Text Search Company Clearforest; Campbell To Head New Search Group
BBC:
Apple admits laptop battery issue  —  Apple has said that "some batteries" in its range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have "performance issues".  —  The company has issued a software update to fix the issue and has offered to replace defective batteries.
Discussion: The Apple Core
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
A Virtual Ad Agency for Online Radio  —  AS more people listen to the radio over the Internet, radio stations have been looking to generate new advertising revenue from the medium.  A start-up company, TargetSpot, is trying to turn this nascent field into a viable business, and CBS Radio is its first customer.
Shuman Ghosemajumder / shumans.com:
Advertiser Requests on Invalid Clicks  —  The Click Quality Council is a group of advertisers which meets regularly to discuss click fraud.  A few days ago they came out with their "Cornerstone Principles for Pay-Per-Click Quality Improvement" - eight requests from advertisers …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Google, Yahoo Respond to Click Quality Council Guidelines
Nadia Cameron / InfoWorld:
Dell looks beyond direct model  —  In leaked internal memo, Dell CEO admits for the first time he has an interest in developing an indirect channel  —  Dell CEO Michael Dell has dropped his biggest hint yet that the PC vendor is looking at an indirect channel.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
eBay Launches "ToGo" Widgets For Any Listing  —  As you can see with the embedded Flash widget above, eBay is now letting users embed information about any listing or group of listings directly into a website.  Their hope is to encourage bloggers and social network users who discuss famous listings …
Discussion: PodTech.net
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
We'd Love To Hear Your S3 Stories...And Numbers  —  SmugMug has told the world how much money they've saved using S3, and at the Web 2.0 Expo, Jeff Bezos told us how his aerospace company, Blue Origin spent only $304 using S3 to deliver half a million copies of the video of their test launch.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Seeks Clearer Path to State Data  —  Four states have joined forces with Google to make information from their Web sites more directly accessible through Internet searches.  —  Much of the public data on government Web sites — things like school rankings, contractor and real estate licenses …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle blogs-an attention free zone  —  Guest Post: My fellow Enterprise Irregular, drama critic of the enterprise software industry, advisor to the software developers and marketers and inveterate blogger Dennis Howlett responds to a post by Oracle Technology Network's editor-in-chief complaining …
Discussion: AccMan
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Incentives Matter: Why Comments on Digg Are So Bad  —  Comparing the comments on Slashdot story Seven Reasons Microsoft Loves Open Source to the ones on the Digg story 7 Reasons Microsoft Loves OpenSource on the same topic, it seems that there is a sharp contrast in the quality of the comments posted by the users of the site.
Discussion: Glass House
 
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Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Usual DVR Fare Is Not News and Sports
Discussion: Techdirt and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Talk on the phone through your ear
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Blinded by the Apple iPod
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Active Share
Ashton Mills / APC:
What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04
Discussion: digg
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
SplashCast aims to take podcasting beyond iTunes
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Condemned To Google Hell
Chris Linnett / Search Engine Land:
Just Imagine: Local Search Without Maps
Discussion: Screenwerk
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time?
Discussion: PR Newswire and IP Democracy
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft opens up on Web strategy at Mix07
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Your average inkjet can now print Super 8 / 16mm film
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vodafone's new pricing model excludes VoIP and P2P
Discussion: SMS Text News and VoIP Watch
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Empowers Users To "Be a Better ..." …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IAC Launches Zwinktopia At Peak of Virtual World Hype
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
New toys read brain waves
New York Times:
One Call to Tell the World All About You