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9:10 PM ET, September 14, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Were Techmeme and Sphere too greedy?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Tiny Acquisition: BuzzTracker
Scott Moore / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! News tracks the buzz
Discussion: Download Squad and Searchviews
Robin Wauters / blognation Belgium:
First Look at Microsoft's Free Web Analytics Tool 'Gatineau' (With Slides)  — SHARE THIS  —  I wasn't expecting any notable announcements at Web Analytics Day, an annual industry conference organized by Brussels-based web analytics agency OX2, but when Ian Thomas (Director …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Online Video Watch
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Brightcove Ends Development Of Video Portal To Focus On Publishing Services
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SCO files for bankruptcy  —  SCO Group, best known for suing IBM, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  —  In a statement, SCO said it was filing to reorganize under Chapter 11.  —  The Board of Directors of The SCO Group (history lesson) have unanimously determined that Chapter 11 reorganization …
Discussion: InfoWorld and eWEEK.com
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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 …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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.
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: Valleywag, Mashable!, Techdirt, Guardian and Digg
Google Code:
Google welcomes ISO decision on OOXML  —  Google welcomes the ISO decision to not approve the fast track of Office Open XML (OOXML) proposed standard DIS 29500 (ECMA 376).  —  Our engineers conducted an independent analysis of the OOXML specification and found several areas of concern …
Discussion: InfoWorld
TorrentFreak:
The Biggest Ever BitTorrent Leak: MediaDefender Internal Emails Go Public  —  When we reported in July that an Anti-Piracy Gang Launches their own Video Download Site to Trap People and that the company was called Media Defender and, as anyone who aims to be a credible news resource would, we checked and double checked our sources.
amtd.com:
TD AMERITRADE Releases Results of Client SPAM Investigation  —  Assets Remain Secure; No Evidence of Identity Theft  —  TD AMERITRADE Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AMTD) has discovered and eliminated unauthorized code from its systems that allowed access to an internal database.
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 …
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Invites Us Into Mash, Its New Social Network
Discussion: Webware.com and CNET News.com
Scott Woolley / Forbes:
The iFlop  —  Steve Jobs tried to design —and dictate—the future of television.
Discussion: MacUser, MacDailyNews and iLounge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WTF: Pitzer College Offers "Learning From YouTube" Class
Discussion: CrunchGear
Think Secret:
European iPhone to arrive in November
Discussion: Epicenter, Macworld and Tech.co.uk
Bill Day / Search Engine Land:
Local Search Finally Living Up To Its Promise
Discussion: LocalPoint
James Rivington / Tech.co.uk:
Blu-ray camp responds to 51GB HD DVD claims
Discussion: Engadget and Engadget HD
Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Quantum computing burns through another two graduate students
Discussion: The Register
Andrew Bub / GamerDad:
GamerDad Signal #1: GamerDad's Broken Heart
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Six Apart:
Six Apart appoints Christopher J. Alden Chairman and CEO
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Odeo (Formerly SonicMountain) Acquires FireAnt
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
What the Hell Is Microsoft Doing with My Computer?
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 and Mashable!
Laurence Benhamou / Agence France Presse:
Google, at age 10, is the official heart of the Internet
Discussion: Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
An iPod touch ships without OS X — hints at disabled Bluetooth