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1:55 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.
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
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft opens up on Web strategy at Mix07  —  Microsoft's strategy in the new world of ad-supported online software is, in some ways, business as usual: use aggressive business terms to undercut rivals, and cozy up to developers.  —  At the company's Mix07 conference in Las Vegas on Monday …
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ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:   New Windows Live Writer Screenshot
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 …
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
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 and TechFold
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.
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 …
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.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
YouTube Launches Active Share  —  YouTube announced the addition of a few new features overnight.  Here's a summary:  —  Most importantly, YouTube has added an Active Sharing feature, to let you see who's watching your video, and videos that other users are watching.
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
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. …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Got Roomfuls of Stuff?  Now Sites Will Help Keep Track of It  —  PACK rats, shopaholic showoffs and avid collectors take note: the Internet will give you a place to track your stuff for free.  One condition: you have to keep your wallet open.  —  At least three companies have emerged …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Hollywood suddenly loves tech?
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Finally, the On-Demand, Online Garage Band Gets Real
Chris Williams / The Register:
Peter Gabriel takes sledgehammer to music downloads (again)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Blinded by the Apple iPod
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Seeks Clearer Path to State Data
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle blogs-an attention free zone
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What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time?
Discussion: PR Newswire and IP Democracy
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