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2:50 PM ET, March 13, 2008

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Business Wire:
AOL to Acquire Global Social Media Network Bebo  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo (http://www.bebo.com), a leading global social media network.  Together with its AIM and ICQ personal communications network …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo: By the (Not So Big) Numbers  —  What's AOL getting for its $850 million in cash to purchase of social networking site, Bebo?  —  A very attractive social networking service and a very experienced exec who has been running it.  —  But, perhaps more importantly for those who focus on pesky numbers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Buys Bebo For $850 Million  —  I'm not going to say that we told you so, but we told you so.  —  AOL has acquired social networking site Bebo for $850 million in cash.  AOL CEO Randy Falco (left in picture) sent an email to all AOL employees this morning.  Allen Stern's press call notes are here.
AOL News:
AOL to Acquire Social Media Network Bebo  —  AOL has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo, a leading global social media network.  Founded in 2005, Bebo now has 40 million members worldwide.  Together with AIM and ICQ, AOL will have a social network of approximately 80 million unique users worldwide …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL buys social network Bebo for $850 million
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Thoughts on AOL's Bebo acquisition
Discussion: BBC and VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Let's Justify Facebook's $300-Per-User Valuation
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Embraces The Semantic Web - Expect The Internet To Organize Itself In A Hurry  —  Yahoo's embrace of all things open continues today - expect an announcement in an hour or so that they are expanding their Open Search Platform that we wrote about last month.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Open Ecosystem  —  A few weeks ago, we began talking about the new Yahoo! Search open platform.  Today, we're releasing more details about two important components of the initiative — the developer platform as well as our support of a number of semantic web standards.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
And Nerds Became Kings: Yahoo! to Announce Semantic Web Support  —  TechCrunch and Search Engine Land are reporting this morning that Yahoo! will now be indexing Semantic Web and Microformats markup from around the web and will use that information to display more structured search results.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Yahoo to Begin Indexing Microformats
Marius Oiaga / Softpedia News:
Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 for 2010 - No Word on Windows 7 M2  —  Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 is right on track for release in 2010.  Concomitantly with the leaked details associated with Windows 7 Milestone 1 dropped by the Redmond company to select partners in January 2008 …
Discussion: Engadget and The Tech Report
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Vista SP1 ships next week, Windows 7 in 2010
Discussion: TechBlog and Computerworld
AppleInsider:
Apple TV DVR interface revealed in patent filings  —  A series of Apple patent filings published this week reveal a version of the Apple TV media device capable of browsing and recording live television programming in addition to serving up pre-aired content from the company's iTunes Store.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
iPhone 2.0 “sneak peek”  —  There has been a lot of talk about the new iPhone firmware and its enterprise capabilities.  Well, the iPhoneDevTeam has cracked the 2.0 (actually 1.2) firmware and created a version of the firmware that works with any GSM SIM card without difficult incantations and installations.
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Nerve-tapping neckband allows ‘telepathic’ chat  —  A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a “voiceless” phone call for the first time.  —  With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Voice May Be Voiceless
Discussion: Virtual Economics and Engadget
Mark Evans:
“A Listers” Are Beta Junkies  —  I know Louis Gray is a huge fan of FriendFeed but with all due respect, his enthusiastic post today on how a bunch of “elite bloggers” (aka A-Listers) have flocked to FriendFeed strikes me as, well, promotional.  —  A more accurate assessment may be that FriendFeed …
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louisgray.com:
Elite Bloggers Joining FriendFeed In Droves
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Lost Features of Google  —  Google created tons of products in the past.  And some of them, they removed again after finding that they didn't work, required too many resources, didn't take off, or were overshadowed by legal concerns.  Here are some of the “lost” Google services and features.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray players: Mighty pricey  —  The demise of the HD DVD format has been bad news for both bargain hunters and at least one big-time technology company.  —  In the three short weeks since Toshiba announced that it was pulling the plug on the high-definition technology …
Discussion: Reuters, CrunchGear and Electronista
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Rohit Dhawan / Official Google Blog:
Our solutions for ad serving  —  Earlier this week, we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick.  Together, we're now focused on building a full suite of products and tools that help publishers of all sizes improve productivity, manage their inventory, generate additional revenue opportunities …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Partial List: Microsoft's Nominees For The Yahoo Board  —  Unless Microsoft and Yahoo amicably agree on a deal to merge, the next step in the process is for Microsoft to propose an alternate slate of directors for the consideration of the Yahoo shareholders in their upcoming shareholder meeting.
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Start On-Demand  —  In its yearslong battle with cable-TV operators, DirecTV Group Inc.'s Achilles' heel has been its inability to offer any sort of video-on-demand service.  The company intends to change that.  —  The No. 1 satellite-TV provider by subscribers is testing …
 
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Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hacking incident
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