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6:30 AM ET, May 29, 2007

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google Deal Said to Bring U.S. Scrutiny  —  The Federal Trade Commission has opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick, an industry executive briefed on the agency's plans said yesterday.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
F.T.C. Eyes Antitrust Action in Google DoubleClick Acquisition  —  In developing news, the NY Times is reporting that The Federal Trade Commission has "opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google's planned $3.1 billion purchase of the online advertising company DoubleClick".
Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
Particls Launches Advanced Alerts Platform  —  Today Particls, billed by many as an RSS feed manipulator/organizer, came out of invitation-only testing with a host of tools for users.  Particls essentially serves as a proportioning alert filter that notifies the user via news ticker …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Attention Ticker Particls Enters Public Beta
New York Times:
Avaya Is Said to Be Exploring a Sale of All or Some of Itself  —  The telecommunications company Avaya is in negotiations to sell a part or all of itself, in what may be the latest round of deal making in its industry, executives briefed on the negotiations said last night.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Have the people at ESPN.com have lost their minds or am I missing something here?!?!?  —  Wow... it seems based on my last post that ESPN is, in fact, blocking their content on certain ISPs who won't PAY THEM!  —  This is the stupidest idea I've ever heard of. for a number of reasons:
San Francisco Chronicle:
Getting in the game at Microsoft  —  Robbie Bach's job is to make software giant's entertainment division profitable  —  For all the challenges Microsoft Corp. faces as it moves into the future, the Redmond, Wash., software giant remains a formidable money machine.
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Bach: More than 1 Million Zune players sold
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Will ISPs spoil the online video party?  —  With an ever greater amount of video being consumed online, many Internet users are in for a shock.  There's a dirty little secret in the broadband industry: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don't have the capacity to deliver the bandwidth that they claim to offer.
New York Times:
War Fears Turn Digital After Data Siege in Estonia  —  When Estonian authorities began removing a bronze statue of a World War II-era Soviet soldier from a park in this bustling Baltic seaport last month, they expected violent street protests by Estonians of Russian descent.
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Leading the charge on iPhone  —  Brace yourself for another tsunami of hype.  —  May's craze was "American Idol."  June's will be the Apple iPhone, which is going on sale in a few weeks.  As with "Idol," the iPhone show has lots of Seattle connections.  —  The season begins Wednesday …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo, Engadget and MacUser
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
Beyond the Browser  —  At OSBC last week I gave a Radar talk on current technology trends.  The trend of moving traditional desktop applications to massively networked, Web 2.0 online applications like Google Docs is well-known.  The problem is, a web browser is a terribly limited platform …
Dan Carney / Popular Science:
INVENTION AWARDS  —  Six Strokes of Genius  —  After a lifetime of making racecars go faster, Bruce Crower's new engine uses steam to squeeze more mileage from gas … Name: Steam-o-Lene Engine  —  Inventor: Bruce Crower  —  Cost to Develop: $1,000  —  Time: 1.5 years  —  Prototype | | | | |
Discussion: EcoGeek.org and Venture Chronicles
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Top 60 Web 2.0 Applications in Australia  —  Editor's Note: This post was written by Ross Dawson, CEO of Advanced Human Technologies and Chairman of Future Exploration Network.  Ross is holding a Web 2.0 event in Sydney, Australia on June 6, which I will be a speaker at.
The Huffington Post:
MARTIN VARSAVSKY  —  My Investments in the Video Online Space and My Take on the Whole Sector  —  This week I ran into Chad Hurley of Youtube at Google Zeitgeist Europe and I mentioned to him my view that while incredibly successful and simple to use, YouTube needs certain improvements to keep growing at its frantic pace.
Reuters:
Toshiba to use AMD chip in laptop PCs (Reuters)  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp. (6502.T) said it would buy microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NYSE:AMD - news), ending its exclusive ties with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news) for the supply of the brains that run computers, and sending its shares higher.
Discussion: Engadget
Ivan Pope / Vecosys:
Working with Facebook f8: you are not in control of your access  —  Facebook launched their Developer API last week to a lot of acclaim.  Several commentators jumped in with the hyperbole, claiming that this platform, with its 20 million, and growing, users, would be a fine space in which to build a business.
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Stace / Unwired View:
A WASHING MACHINE WITH MP3 PLAYER BY LG
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
alarm:clock:
Ooyala: Prelaunch Video Startup Founded By Google Evacuees Busting At Seems
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Exclusive: JamJunky launches... get feedback and improve your music
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Zoomr Mark III: How Good Branding Can Save Your Ass
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: Better syncing for Mac & Nokia N Series
Discussion: Darla Mack
Alan Reiter / Reiter's Camera Phone Report:
Nokia N95 + PhotoShow: Vietnam Veterans Memorial 2007 tribute
Muhammad Saleem / Pronet Advertising:
The Difference Between Marketing, PR, Advertising, and Branding
podCast411 Blog:
Radio Daddy Tells Podcasters to F off
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 Earlier Items: 
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New: Google Image Search Categories
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Germany adopts "anti-hacker" law; critics say it breeds insecurity
Discussion: Neowin.net
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
2007 Semantic Technology Conference - Showcased Big Internet Potential
PC World:
Computer Glitch Tangles Japanese Flights
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Africa, Money not necessary for mobile banking
Dj Flush / Sizlopedia.Com:
Top 20 Temporary and Disposable Email Services
Discussion: Download Squad
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
NSF picks ARPANET creator to build new experimental network
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Doing Evil to the Internet: Google and Yahoo! Promote Domain Squatting
 

 
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