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3:10 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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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.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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.
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
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  —  Google's long awaited Powerpoint clone could be days away from launching, according to a report at The Inquirer.  —  The service is said to be called "Presently" and is based in part on code from Zenter and Tonic Systems, two companies Google acquired earlier this year.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Activates $100 Offer For Early iPhone Customers  —  Apple's $100 store credit offer for iPhone buyers goes live  —  When Apple announced that it cut the price of the iPhone by $200 to $399, there were many irate customers yelling at their computer screens.
Discussion: iLounge, Engadget, Neowin.net and PR 2.0
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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.
Discussion: BetaNews
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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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sandoval / Webware.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: Techdirt
John Leyden / The Register:
Quantum computing spectre looms over ecommerce  —  Two team of boffins have independently set up quantum computers running proof of concept versions of an algorithm for factorisation.  —  The development poses a threat to the security of the cryptographic codes, based on public key cryptography, that protect ecommerce.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Laurence Benhamou / Agence France Presse:
Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet  —  NEW YORK (AFP) - Born 10 years ago, the Google Internet search engine has grown into the electronic center of human knowledge by indexing billions of web pages as well as images, books and videos.  —  On September 15 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Marley Family's Vitriol Leads Verizon to Bite Back  —  The licensing dispute between the estate of the reggae singer Bob Marley and the Universal Music Group took an ugly turn yesterday, with nobody getting together or feeling the least bit all right.  —  At issue is an agreement struck …
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Google Offers $20 Million X Prize to Put Robot on Moon  —  Editor's Note: Google will award $20 million to the first private team to put a robot on the moon, the company and the X Prize Foundation announced at Wired NextFest in Los Angeles Thursday.  Members of the public will also get the chance to send digital mementos to the moon.
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Lucy Sherriff / The Register:
Japan, Google head for the moon
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Verizon quietly releases the Samsung i760
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nintendo DS gets VoIP
Discussion: PSFK, CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Dave Barth / Google LatLong:
More of the world for you to explore  —  Here's great news …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Company patents playlists, sues everyone
Discussion: MacUser
Bill Ray / The Register:
O2 takes it to the EDGE
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
SonicMountain Buys FireAnt
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Verizon's risky lawsuit against open access
Discussion: InfoWorld
Kirk McElhearn / Kirkville:
It's Official: Apple's Stupidest Interface Innovation Ever
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple To Sell 3 Million iPhones By End of 2007
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google calls for international privacy standards
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Winamp's 10th Anniversary Version Edition Will Challenge ITunes
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Counting Clicks  —  Given that most of Google's $13 billion …
Peggy O'Crowley / NJ.com:
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Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: It's all about the UI
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins Read/WriteWeb