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11:10 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: 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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google
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
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:
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 …
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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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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
Announcing (Formally) Alltop
Discussion: The Guidewire, MacMegasite and 901am
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Rob Shaw / Time:
How Google Earth Ate Our Town  —  When they hear the telltale sirens of a fire truck bursting out of the station in Nanaimo, the locals don't need to look out of the window or tune in to newscasts to find out where the action is.  Instead, they can simply log on to Google Maps or Google Earth …
Discussion: Download Squad
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-014 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949029)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported and publicly reported vulnerabilities …
Discussion: IDG News Service, Zero Day and eWeek
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 …
 
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Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Backs Google Bid to Acquire DoubleClick
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Staska / Unwired View:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web Use Growing Faster than Ever
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Olympus skins bring back the '60s
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Gizmodo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Limelight Getting Dimmer?
Associated Press:
Eyeblaster Registers for IPO
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
eWeek:
Nortel to Launch 40G-bps Optical Network
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Killer Tomatoes’ ripe for redo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA tells Ars: We're not hypocrites
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
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Hostility Has Its Rewards  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. …