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4:10 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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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.
CNN:
Google: To Be ‘Very Significant’ In Display Ads By '08-'09  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Google Inc. (GOOG) expects to have a “very significant position” in the online display advertising market by 2008-09, the Internet giant's top North American ad executive said Monday.
Google:
Google Closes Acquisition of DoubleClick
Richard Defendorf / CNET News.com:
Google's drop in paid clicks: Part of the grand plan
Discussion: IDG News Service
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU clears Google to buy DoubleClick
Discussion: CyberNet
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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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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.
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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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
TW's Bewkes: Not Trying to Rid Ourselves of Cable
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Audience of Twittering A**holes  —  When I arrived 15-minutes into the now famous interview of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, by BusinessWeek reporter Sarah Lacy the audience had already turned (it was two days ago and it still is the #1 topic of conversation on blogs and at SXSW, which is the conference that this happened at).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The “Nuclear Disaster” At SXSW Was Nothing More Than A Witch Burning
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
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.
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: eWeek and Security Watch
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
How to Tap IT's Hidden Potential  —  Too often, there's a wall between a company's information-technology department and everything else.  That wall has to go.  —  Some of the biggest names in the business world have used information technology to their competitive advantage: Merrill Lynch …
Discussion: Parallax View
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 …
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.”
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
Apple orders not yet seen; NAND flash makers selling below cost  —  In contrast to the huge procurement of NAND flash the company made in 2007, Apple seems to not have started making big procurements in 2008.  While memory makers are worrying about the consumption level of Apple …
Discussion: One More Thing and iLounge
 
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Taiwan market: Samsung to launch P960 mobile TV handsets
Discussion: iLounge and IntoMobile
eWeek:
Nortel to Launch 40 Gbps Optical Network
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Guy Kawasaki Formally Launches Alltop. Wow, It's Bad.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How an information system helped nail Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
In First for Studios, Paramount Offers Snippets of Movies
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 2.0 firmware to bring contact search?
Gregg Goldstein / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Killer Tomatoes’ ripe for redo
 Earlier Items: 
Staska / Unwired View:
Major Handset announcements from Motorola at CTIA: Kodak phone …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA tells Ars: We're not hypocrites
Louise Story / Bits:
Where Every Ad Knows Your Name
Jessica Letkemann / Reuters:
R.E.M. launching album on social networking site
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Mac Pro, MacBook Air get software updates
Benny Goldman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000 and Digital Media Keyboard 3000, WOW!
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
PC Pro:
Ericsson predicts swift end for Wi-Fi hotspots