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2:00 PM ET, March 11, 2008

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EU Press Room:
Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google  —  Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of DoubleClick by Google … Google operates an Internet search engine that offers search capabilities for end users free of charge and provides online advertising space on its own websites.
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InfoWorld:
Update: EU approves Google-DoubleClick deal
Discussion: TechSpot
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
With Europe's OK, Google closes DoubleClick acquisition
Discussion: eWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Searchme: A New Visual Search Engine  —  [Updated with correct funding of $31 million and note that Google has a similar effort in its labs.]  —  Today, Sequoia Capital, which has been a key investor of search giant Google (GOOG), as well as Yahoo, will unveil its latest investment in search, a visual search engine called: Searchme.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SearchMe Launches New Search Engine With Heavy Backing From Sequoia  —  Mountain View based SearchMe has been around since 2005 and has raised $31 million from Sequoia, DAG Ventures and Lehman Brothers.  But until last weekend when I met founders Randy Adams and John Holland I knew next to nothing about them.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Searchme, Inc.:
Searchme Launches Private Beta of New Visual Search Engine
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Testing Over, Hulu.com to Open Its TV and Film Offerings This Week  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Hulu.com, the long-gestating Internet joint venture between NBC Universal and Fox, emerges from limited testing on Wednesday to make its catalog of TV shows and video clips available to anyone on the Web.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Hulu Launches Free Internet Television Service
Discussion: WebProNews and TGDaily.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Hulu to offer lulu of a video selection
Discussion: Technology Live and WebGuild
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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Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan  —  After ComScore reported a recent decline in Google's paid clicks, the Net ratings service followed up, noting evidence that the drop was due to “Google's own quality initiatives that result in a reduction in the number of paid listings and …
CNN:
Google: To Be ‘Very Significant’ In Display Ads By '08-'09
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Hostility Has Its Rewards  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — “It's crazy to say you will only grow through innovation,” Larry Ellison, the hard-charging chief executive of Oracle, was telling me last week.  “It's bizarre that there's a stigma to buying something rather than building it yourself.”
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
20% Of Valley Startups Can't Get To Their Cash
Discussion: FOXBusiness.com
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
A WordPress 2.5 Upgrade Guide  —  As you might know, WordPress 2.5 is about to be released, and we wanted to encourage WordPress users to upgrade.  To Movable Type.  —  The truth is, there are lots of good blogging tools out there, and they're all good at different things.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBSSports.com Opens March Madness On Demand Video For Easy Access From Any Site  —  Seeking more online viewers for games and ads, CBSSports.com and the NCAA are announcing a “developer platform” for March Madness on Demand.  It's not the kind of developer concept where people are encouraged to build apps …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Computerworld
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
MacPro, Mac Book Air get software updates  —  While we slept last night, Apple released two updates for two of their less common hardware offerings: the MacBook Air and select Mac Pros.  They aren't terribly exciting and, as always, the descriptions are fairly vague.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning  —  Based on the Twitter messages and blog posts I saw yesterday emerge real time from the SXSW conference, it sounded like Sarah Lacy's interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was, truly, a career ending, never seen before train wreck of epic proportions.
Jessica Letkemann / Reuters:
R.E.M. launching album on social networking site  —  NEW YORK (Billboard) - Forget the traditional radio premiere: R.E.M.'s new album, “Accelerate,” is set to debut on the social networking application iLike.  —  The roll-out, the first of its kind for a major act, will allow fans to stream and share …
Louise Story / Bits:
Where Every Ad Knows Your Name  —  Just how personal can advertising from the Web giants get?  That's a question you may be wondering after reading my article in Monday's Times and the related blog post.  With big Internet companies, which already have a lot of data about users …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
 
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 firmware to bring contact search?
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Staska / Unwired View:
Major Handset announcements from Motorola at CTIA: Kodak phone …
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Wall Street Journal:
How to Tap IT's Hidden Potential
Discussion: Parallax View and Slashdot
Travis Hudson / Today @ PC World:
Sprint Phone to Get Speed Boost with EVDO Rev. A - It's About Time
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and HTC
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Carey / Mercury News:
Murdoch won't battle Microsoft for Yahoo
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 and Digital Media Keyboard 3000, WOW!
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yet Another HD DVD Format Steps Into The Ring?
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Google on data security: You can trust us, really
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
New Oracle software targets Salesforce
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
The “No Laptop” Meeting Rule
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Spam from Gmail doubled last month