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12:45 PM ET, May 17, 2007

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Business Wire:
24/7 Real Media Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by WPP  —  24/7 Real Media Shareholders to Receive $11.75 per Share  —  Acquisition Will Create a Powerful Combination of Technology and Services to Benefit Global Marketers  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—24/7 Real Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFSM - News):
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WPP:
Rationale for the Offer  —  WPP is committed to delivering added value to its clients, its share owners and its people, by continuing to be a significant force in the global advertising and marketing services industry.  This will be achieved by providing local, regional and multinational clients …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
24/7 Real Media Selling To WPP Group For $11.75 A Share
Discussion: Techdirt
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Universal search: The best answer is still the best answer  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience  —  Back in 2001, Eric asked for a brainstorm of a few "splashy" ideas in search.  A designer and product manager at the time, I made a few mockups …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Making The Switch From Twitter to Jaiku  —  "I thought I saw a putty tat.  I did, I did see a putty tat!"  —  These famous words were never the last from Tweety Bird, but for a growing number of Twitter users they will be.  The last thing they will see before giving up on Twitter …
Financial Times:
Amazon to start selling digital music  —  Amazon moved to shake up the online music business on Wednesday by setting up a direct rival to Apple's iTunes that will sell tracks without copyright ­protection.  —  Amazon said its decision to abandon so-called digital rights management software …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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New York Times:   Amazon to Sell Music Without Copy Protection
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google Korea to censor search results  —  (InfoWorld) - Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.  —  Users will be asked to verify their age …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Yahoo! News
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations  —  Search at Google.com on evolution or Iraq or Aids or Gordon Brown, and the same site will appear at the top of the list of results: Wikipedia.  Alter your search into one for John Keats or Muhammad Ali or Christianity or platypus or loneliness, and the same thing will happen.
Discussion: MediaVidea
Adario Strange / Wired News:
What Makes Techmeme Tick?  Inventor Gabe Rivera Explains  —  For many Silicon Valley insiders, one site has become the primary aggregator of technology news: Techmeme.  The site constantly scrapes news sites and blogs and compiles a continually updated list of links to the most popular tech news of the day.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Develops Mobile Phone Memory Card with Record Storage Capacity  —  Seoul, Korea - May, 17, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, today announced that it has developed an 8Gigabyte (GB) microSD (Secure Digital) memory card …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Samsung develops 8GB microSD card
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Newest AACS circumvented: The Matrix Trilogy set free  —  Just in case you didn't already piece it together, many (if not all) of the new HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles set for release on May 22nd will feature the latest revisions to AACS.  Right, the update hinted at by those forced user updates to the WinDVD and PowerDVD software.
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat?  Say It Ain't So, Mozilla  —  When Firefox launched in beta release five years ago, it burst on the open-source browser scene like a young Elvis Presley — slim, sexy and dangerous.  —  Since then it has attracted millions of users, generally set the agenda …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Engadget Knocks $4 billion off Apple Market Cap on Bogus iPhone email  —  What a day for Apple investors.  The stock started off strong today on a lot of pre-market buying, despite news that Amazon will finally start competing on sales of DRM-free music.  —  Then, whoops, at 11:49 AM EST …
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Valleywag:
Engadget: Gullible blog wipes $4bn off Apple
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Google Wins Appeal on Copyright of Nude Images  —  A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Google did not infringe on the copyrights of an adult publishing company by displaying thumbnail images of its nude photographs, handing Internet search companies a victory by allowing the display of such miniature pictures in search results.
eHomeUpgrade:
Skype Puts Mac Users First With Fresh Features in New 2.6 Release  —  Skype today released Skype™ for Mac 2.6, the latest version of its communication software for Mac users.  In addition to improved quality, stability and more features, the company has done something entirely new …
Discussion: MacUser and VoIP Blog
Staten Island Advance / SI Advance Newslog:
'V-Tech Rampage' Internet game sparks outrage  —  An Internet video game putting players in the role of Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho may be nothing more than a twisted publicity stunt.  —  But the sick game is now in the cross hairs of state Sen. Andrew Lanza …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Stuff At My Yahoo  —  The big guys are really starting to focus on personalized home pages, where Yahoo dominates and Google is coming on strong (by adding a link from the Google.com home page).  Google says their personalized home page has been their fastest growing product over the last few fiscal quarters.
Discussion: GigaOM
Scott Kirsner / Variety:
Google sets spotlight on videos  —  Search to include movies from many sites  —  Google nudged video closer to center stage on Wednesday, announcing that it would spotlight video content from YouTube, Metacafe, iFilm and other sites on its main search page.
Discussion: The Daily Feed
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
News: Adobe to FreeHand users: Migrate to Illustrator CS3  —  The end is nigh for FreeHand MX, the venerable vector-based illustration app that became an Adobe property when Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005.  Adobe is telling FreeHand MX users that their upgrade path is to use the recently-released Illustrator CS3 instead.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Entropia Universe: A Better Second Life?  —  Depending on who you listen to, virtual worlds are the new black.  Second Life needs no introduction and yesterday rumors surfaced that Sony was in talks to acquire Club Penguin for $500+ million.  —  To date there are two leading online spaces.
Discussion: VTOR and 3pointD.com
 
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