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6:10 PM ET, September 14, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Day 59: Yahoo Buys BuzzTracker  —  Now, we're cooking with some gas over at Yahoo, closing in on the two-thirds point of Jerry Yang's declared 100-day March to Happiness.  —  Today, the Internet giant will announce the purchase of a clever Web site called BuzzTracker, which uses a combination …
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Alan / Participate Media:
Joining Yahoo!  —  I am excited to announce that I am joining Yahoo! to run Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com) as Vice President and General Manager.  Yahoo! is also acquiring BuzzTracker.com and related technologies as well as bringing on all Participate Media staff.
Discussion: Epicenter, paidContent.org and 901am
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Were Techmeme and Sphere too greedy?  —  Kara Swisher at All Things D reports that Yahoo has acquired a blog aggregator — or "meme-tracker" — called Buzztracker for the bargain price of $5-million or so.  Not a bad payout for a site that appears to have been founded and run by a couple of guys.
Scott Moore / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! News tracks the buzz  —  Did you know that Jerry Garcia's death in 1995 gave life to what we now know as Yahoo! News?  On that grim day for Deadheads everywhere, co-founder David Filo compiled a webpage with links and outsourced information on Garcia's life and death.
Discussion: Download Squad and Searchviews
TDavid / Things That:
Since Yahoo can't buy Google News, settles for second rate BuzzTracker instead  —  It must suck for Jerry Yang at Yahoo desiring the fruits of Google's labor, eternally sucking on G-exhaust, only to settle for what Kara Swisher describes as (emphasis mine):
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker  —  Yahoo has acquired news site BuzzTracker, a tiny news aggregation site, for somewhere between $2 - $5 million.  Alan Warms, CEO of parent company Participate Media, will join Yahoo as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo News (a job with a bit of a revolving door, apparently).
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   With Its Acquisition By Yahoo!, BuzzTracker May Leap Over Rivals
CNET News.com:
Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal  —  Advertising-supported companies have long turned to the courts to squelch products that let consumers block or skip ads: it happened in the famous lawsuit against the VCR in 1979 and again with ReplayTV in 2001.
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David Vogelpohl / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   Blocking Ad Blocking  —  Friends, family, and co-workers alike …
Inquirer:
Google readies PowerPoint killer  —  Slideshow program will be with you, Presently  —  SURE AS EGGS ARE EGGS, it's been known for a long while that Google will at some point take on PowerPoint with a web-based presentations package.  The breaking news is that the coming-out party for the software is any day now.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Presently Powerpoint Clone Could Be Days Away
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
What the Hell Is Microsoft Doing with My Computer?  —  Opinion: Microsoft is sneaking "updates" into my PCs.  What the heck!  —  Listen carefully.  They're my computers.  They're not your computers.  I choose to put Windows on some of them.  I choose what applications go on them.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Microsoft dodging the real stealth update issues
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
An iPod touch ships without OS X — hints at disabled Bluetooth  —  You can argue that the iPod touch is an iPhone without the phone.  So what's an iPod touch without OS X?  You're looking at it.  That's Dave's swanky new iPod touch, fresh off the boat and out of the box with nothing more than a diagnostic utility.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
iPod Touch unpacking tour and first look (photos)
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Power of Six  —  I wrote a few weeks ago about Google's attempt to influence the rules for redeployment of the 700-MHz radio band in the U.S. for voice and data applications.  Google said it would agree to pony up the $4.6 billion auction reserve price if only the FCC would first guarantee …
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Quantum computing burns through another two graduate students  —  Recently, several science news outlets, which apparently have nothing better to do than trawl the arXiv for new papers, have been touting some preprints as a significant advance in quantum computing.
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John Leyden / The Register:   Quantum computing spectre looms over ecommerce
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
First Prince, now Village People target YouTube  —  Somebody combined the Village People's hit song, "YMCA," with footage of a dancing Adolf Hitler and posted the clip to YouTube.  Now the company that owns the rights to the band's music is preparing to sue YouTube.
Discussion: Mashable!, Techdirt, Guardian and Digg
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Viacom's plan to be cool again  —  Left behind in the social media scene, the owner of MTV has some new stealth projects it hopes will allow it to catch up.  Fortune's Richard Siklos divulges the media giant's plan.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Will Sumner Redstone ever get over being bested …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Brightcove Narrows Focus  —  NEW YORK While it once had ambitions to compete with YouTube for viewers and ad networks for media dollars, Brightcove is now focusing squarely on its video technology.  —  As part of that push, the company will cease to develop its less than one-year-old video portal …
Dave Barth / Google LatLong:
More of the world for you to explore  —  Here's great news for all of the virtual explorers out there: Today we added 54 new countries to Google Maps!  We've more than doubled our coverage of Latin America and are now mapping three times as many countries in Asia as before.
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SCO files for bankruptcy
Discussion: eWEEK.com
San Francisco Chronicle:
Guv signs law banning minors from using cell phones while driving
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Hacked GOP site infects visitors with notorious bot-making malware
James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray camp responds to 51GB HD DVD claims
Discussion: Engadget and Engadget HD
Andrew Bub / GamerDad:
GamerDad Signal #1: GamerDad's Broken Heart
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Tilt drops some knowledge on us
Official Google Blog:
Australia readies itself for a Google election
Six Apart:
Six Apart appoints Christopher J. Alden Chairman and CEO
Discussion: Valleywag, GigaOM and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Odeo (Formerly SonicMountain) Acquires FireAnt
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Verizon quietly releases the Samsung i760
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Company patents playlists, sues everyone
Discussion: MacUser and Mashable!
Bill Ray / The Register:
O2 takes it to the EDGE
Discussion: The blognation
Laurence Benhamou / Agence France Presse:
Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Marley Family's Vitriol Leads Verizon to Bite Back
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google calls for international privacy standards
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Counting Clicks  —  Given that most of Google's $13 billion …