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3:55 PM ET, September 27, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google/DoubleClick Deal in Trouble  —  Confirmed?  No. But sure feels that way.  —  As Google and Microsoft execs head to Washington to plead their respective cases, a Microsoft-funded 51-page "research paper" on the legal aspects of the fight is making the rounds.  (PaidContent has a brief summary).
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate ponders Google-DoubleClick deal as report raises antitrust concerns
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Updated Live Search Engine  —  Includes significant advancements in core technology and consumer experience.  —  Microsoft Corp. is releasing an update to Live Search (http://www.live.com) centered on improvements to core search technology and deeper advancements …
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Tim Wu / Slate:
WHY MUNICIPAL WIRELESS NETWORKS HAVE BEEN SUCH A FLOP.  —  It's hard to dislike the idea of free municipal wireless Internet access.  Imagine your town as an oversized Internet cafe, with invisible packets floating everywhere as free as the air we breathe.  That fanciful vision inspired …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Causes US Navy To Change Its Swastika Building  —  You have to feel a bit sorry for the US Navy.  They have a building in California that looks like a swastika from the air.  But who looks at buildings from the air?  Until Google Maps popularized easy access to aerial views, only the occasional bored air traveler.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
PCs: Gateway One Unboxed (Verdict: So Shiny and Sweet, It Gives Windows a Good Name)  —  Normally I don't get this jazzed about desktop PCs, but the Gateway One is special.  From the sleek yet substantial design to the quiet, powerful core, it's a real statement, especially from the cow-pocked South Dakota underdog.
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words  —  We're excited to announce that starting tomorrow (Friday 28, 2007) LinkedIn members will have a new option available: the ability to add a professional photo to their profile.  —  Adding a profile photo is one of the most commonly requested features …
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook CEO visits Seattle, Microsoft schemes  —  An investment by the software giant seems likely - Facebook is the ideal testbed for the future of advertising.  —  (Fortune) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted Tuesday in Seattle, headed for meetings with executives at Microsoft.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Jessihempel / The Browser:
Are we already moving on from traditional social networking?
Discussion: Computerworld
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Extenders for Windows Media Center and Internet TV Beta — Connected Entertainment Comes Home for the Holidays  —  New devices from Cisco's Linksys division, D-Link, HP and Niveus Media deliver new video formats, form factors and HD TV over wireless home networks …
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Peter Svensson / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft touts new 'media extenders'
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent.org and p2pnet
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from the Palm press conference at DigitalLife  —  Well folks — we're here at the Palm / Sprint press event at DigitalLife, so get ready to have your heads go popping off your neck in a matter of moments.  We're going to be liveblogging the whole nasty affair — so keep your browser tuned in for the action.
Vince Broady / Yodel Anecdotal:
Finding focus in Hollywood  —  BusinessWeek just released its annual "Best of the Web" user survey.  Among the most beloved sites are some of the properties housed at our Santa Monica operations — Finance, Games, Health, Music, News.  Since opening our office here five years ago …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft launches Internet TV for Windows Media Center  —  Microsoft is rolling out the public beta of Internet TV for Windows Vista Media Center tomorrow.  If you've got a machine running Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate, a new option should pop up inside of your media center interface …
Discussion: Bits
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Royal Pingdom:
Google availability differs greatly between countries  —  Google Search users in the United States are 10 times more likely to encounter a problem than users in Brazil, according to this unique one-year survey from Pingdom.  —  Google has a large number of localized versions of their Google Search homepage.
Discussion: WebProNews, GigaOM and TechCrunch
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair  —  A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully.  —  Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update …
Sharon Gaudin / InformationWeek:
Interview With A Convicted Hacker: Robert Moore Tells How He Broke Into Routers And Stole VoIP Services  —  On his way to federal prison, the 23-year-old hacker says breaking into computers at telecom companies and major corporations was "so easy a caveman could do it."
Nick / Rough Type:
Fat Guy in Salesforce hell  —  From time to time in the blogosphere (ie, 24/7, including holidays), you'll find people like me bloviating about the Big Picture.  Recently, for instance, I've written a series of posts about how business software is changing as applications come to be delivered over the Net.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Gussying Itself Up for an Advertising IPO  —  What's behind all the shuffling going on at AOL lately?  New CEO Randy Falco is moving the headquarters from Dulles, Va. to New York City, more layoffs are rumored at the dying dial-up business, and all the advertising businesses …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Verizon flip-flops on censoring "unsavory" political group SMS messaging  —  Verizon Wireless found itself in a boiling pot of water after the company decided it would not allow a pro-choice abortion group named NARAL to use its mobile network to distribute opt-in SMS news alerts to its subscribers.
Discussion: New York Times and CNET News.com
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Birthday Logo: Nine Years Old  —  The Google home page is sporting the special logo above, celebrating the company's ninth birthday, with one of the Gs turned into a nine.  But wait?  Didn't Google just turn 10?  Google Is 10 Years Old?  Finding The Real Google Birthday …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
DECA Puts a Fine Point on Web Studios  —  "Do you know much about the history of studios?" asks DECA CEO Michael Wayne.  It's clearly a lecture he's teed up before.  He gives us a hint: "We're not a production company.  When people say 'online studio,' what they're really referring to is production companies."
 
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