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11:50 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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Eric Schmidt / Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired DoubleClick  —  I'm pleased to share the news that we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick today.  Although it's been nearly a year since we announced our intention to acquire DoubleClick last April, we are no less excited today about the benefits that the combination …
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Google Announces Layoffs  —  Granted, the following Google layoffs news is because of the DoubleClick acquisition, but in all the corporate-speak there is something that feels like a kind of augury: … Translation: We're letting people go.  And a bunch of 'em, at that.
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET News.com
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Good Times Go Bad at Google  —  Just as Google shares flirted with a sub-$400 valuation, the EU saved the day.  After much hemming and hawing, it finally OK'd Google's $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick, clearing the way for the deal to close this morning.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How an information system helped nail Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring  —  New York Governor (for now) Eliot Spitzer's prostitute scandal is all the big news here in New York, but the lesser known tale is how an information system-the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network-played a role in his downfall.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Client 9 Domains Snatched Minutes After Spitzer Scandal Breaks  —  Just minutes after the New York Times published a story online yesterday about a high-class prostitution ring and the involvement of so-called “Client 9,” Nick Galbreath, a 37 year-old software engineer in Manhattan, registered the client9.com domain for $10.13.
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
20% Of Valley Startups Can't Get To Their Cash  —  The credit crisis is in full swing through most of the U.S. economy, but it has barely touched venture-fueled Silicon Valley.  Until recently, that is.  Up to 20% of venture backed startups may have been convinced by their financial advisors …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Credit crunch hits start-ups: Comerica accounts frozen?
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop.  Wow, It's Bad.  —  Last year Guy Kawasaki launched Truemors on the cheap (he spent $13,000), which is at least pointing the right way on Compete.com.  Today he follows up with a sequel, AllTop.  It's a...well, it's a RSS reader I guess.
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Backs Google Bid to Acquire DoubleClick  —  BRUSSELS — European regulators on Tuesday approved Google's acquisition of DoubleClick, a significant player in the $37 billion online advertising business, brushing aside complaints that the combination would allow Google to extend its Internet dominance.
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
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EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Takes Aim At Wordpress Users; Wordpress Pissed  —  Anil Dash, Six Apart's Chief Evangelist, took aim at Wordpress users in a blog post today.  Instead of upgrading to the new version of Wordpress, he says, consider moving over to their platform.  —  Now, it's generally fair game …
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Sarah Lacy on Sarah Lacy and the SXSW Mark Zuckerberg Keynote  —  I spent time Sarah Lacy and we talked about Mark Zuckerberg and the SXSW keynote...  I'm sure you heard about the infamous Mark Zuckerberg SXSW keynote hosted by well known author, Business Week columnist and Yahoo TechTicker host Sarah Lacy.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. In-flight Broadband Is A-gogo by Spring  —  If you're a frequent flier to New York from San Francisco or Los Angeles, or just like to jet down to Miami to get away from the bitter New York winter, then you're one of the lucky people who will have in-flight broadband by this spring …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twine Disappoints After Semantic Web Hype  —  Twine is the most hyped semantic app of the season and recently opened up for some press previews.  General availability of this smart, social bookmarking and research tool may come in a matter of weeks.  —  If that's the case, it will probably be too soon.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL “Disintegrating”; Also, Why Curt Viebranz Was Fired*  —  *UPDATE: AOL spokesperson Tricia Primrose strongly denies several assertions in this post.  Specifically, she argues that AOL's business is strong and that Curt Viebranz's dismissal had nothing to do with his reluctance to embrace certain revenue targets.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Time Warner CEO addresses Yahoo-AOL talk
Discussion: MarketWatch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Does YouTube Have Up Its Sleeve?  Guess Right, And Win An iPod Shuffle.  —  YouTube is making a big announcement tomorrow morning.  Could it be live-streaming?  (We're told not).  High-definition video?  A partnership with Hulu?  (That would be so hot).  A new Website design?
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechConsumer
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass  —  OpenID, a way to sign on to multiple web sites with a single set of credentials, has incredible promise.  Large companies have signed up.  Thousands of website take OpenID sign-ins.  All is good, right?  —  Well, not exactly.
Paul / Under The Microscope:
iPhone SDK Bug Filing  —  The iPhone SDK announcement has come and gone and reality is beginning to set in.  The SDK provides opportunity for lots of great new applications on the iPhone.  However, there are also a great many restrictions.  As Quentin noted, we worry about the potential …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Drop It Like It's DropBox  —  Personal file storage, sharing and syncing is one of those categories of technology problems that, despite all efforts, no one ever seems to get right.  Most of the current offerings, even the better ones, leave something to be desired.
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Gizmodo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Limelight Getting Dimmer?
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
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Discussion: Download Squad
Associated Press:
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Portable contact lists and the case against XFN
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
USA Today:
Venture capital spreads the wealth around the country
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Mozilla reaches stage 4 of Firefox 3 beta endurance test
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-014 - Critical
eWeek:
Nortel to Launch 40G-bps Optical Network
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
No punitive damages for Viacom in YouTube suit
Discussion: Ars Technica and Valleywag
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Killer Tomatoes’ ripe for redo
CNN:
Google: To Be ‘Very Significant’ In Display Ads By '08-'09
Wall Street Journal:
How to Tap IT's Hidden Potential
Discussion: Parallax View