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8:25 PM ET, March 24, 2008

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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google outlines proposal for ‘Wi-Fi on steroids’  —  Google on Monday said it has a plan to have American consumers from Manhattan to rural North Dakota surfing the Web on handheld gadgets at gigabits-per-second speeds by the 2009 holiday season.  —  The company, joined by other heavyweights …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
After 700MHz coup, Google now fronting white space devices  —  Google famously bid on the 700MHz spectrum auction that wrapped up last week, but was outbid by Verizon.  Most observers have characterized Google as an ecstatic loser, since the FCC's open access rules that it wanted so badly will have to be followed by Verizon.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google's White Space Proposal  —  Google has issued to the FCC its plan for what it would like to do with the airwaves freed up by the upcoming conversion from analog to digital television, and it's pretty optimistic.  You may recall the 700 MHz auction that decided the fate of licensed spectrum …
Discussion: VentureBeat
US Department of Justice:
Statement of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on its Decision to Close its Investigation of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Merger with Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.  —  Evidence Does Not Establish that Combination of Satellite Radio Providers Would Substantially Reduce Competition
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Updated: DOJ Clears XM-Sirius; Waiting On FCC; ‘Not Likely To Harm Consumers’; NAB ‘Astonished’  —  The merger of satellite radio operators Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) and XM (NSDQ: XMSR) has been cleared by the DOJ.  This is a significant hurdle, though FCC approval is still required for the deal to close.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The DOJ Finally Realizes That A Sirius/XM Radio Merger Isn't a Serious Threat to Anyone  —  Finally, more than a year after the deal was first announced, the Department of Justice approved the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.  This deal took longer to review than Google's DoubleClick acquisition.
Discussion: Reuters and nab.org
mike Shields / Mediaweek:
ESPN Turns Off Ad Nets  —  Moves to protect brand, content; other publishers mull  —  Top Web publishers are planning a revolt.  Even as more prominent sites experiment with selling remnant inventory through online ad networks, and in some cases ad exchanges, ESPN.com is saying thanks, but no thanks.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are ad networks for loser/weak publishers?
Discussion: WebGuild and paidContent.org
AppleInsider:
Rumor: Digg founder claims 3G iPhone to do video chat  —  Digg founder Kevin Rose, whose first-generation iPhone rumors fell short of their mark last Spring, is citing different sources this year in predicting that the 3G version of the handset will boast video chat capabilities.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LiveJournal Says Goodbye to Unique Account Structure, Against Wishes of Advisors  —  Groundbreaking social network LiveJournal is no longer allowing new users to sign up for Basic level accounts, which traded a pared-down feature set for an ad and cost free user profile.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Come on Down to South Park and Watch the Shows Online  —  The web just got a whole lot funnier as the guys behind South Park have made every episode of their hit show available for free online.  That's right — every. episode.  (Take that Hulu, and your five weeks' worth of shows window).
Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
Is Microhoo A Done Deal?  —  Lately, a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft is looking more and more probable.  Not only have reports been flying around that Yahoo! and Microsoft are in negotiations, but Yahoo!'s SEC filing last week (Tuesday March 18 2008) has added significantly more fuel to the merger fire.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebMetricsGuru
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Roo Group Backers Bet On Face Recognition Software  —  KIT Capital, the Dubai-based company that's taken a stake in Internet TV firm ROO Group (RGRP), is also investing an undisclosed amount in NY-based Viewdle, a video search company whose software recognizes faces in video.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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PR Newswire:
KIT Capital Takes Strategic Stake in Viewdle
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Intel's Netbook revealed as the 2go PC  —  Finally, something solid on the recently-rumored Netbook... or should we say, the 2go PC.  The little laptop, manufactured by CTL, will clearly be aimed at the education market, though the specs imply that this will be destined for more than just the classroom.
George Ou:
Fixing the unfairness of TCP congestion control  —  Bob Briscoe (Chief researcher at the BT Network Research Centre) is on a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the Internet.  He wants the world to know that TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) congestion control …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
C2: Microsoft's take on FriendFeed?  —  Microsoft isn't usually the first (or second or third) company that folks associate with social networking.  But maybe the Redmondians, or at least the researchers on the Microsoft Research C2 team, aren't as unsociable as some assume.
Discussion: WinExtra
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New inkjet tech can “print” LCDs using silver nanoparticles
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Expandable Google Search Box
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
InfoWorld:
Marathon extends fault tolerance to VMs
Discussion: The Register
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Screenshots reveal possible iPhone App Store design
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Is Twitter About to Have a Big Spam Problem?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Beer Pong Comes to Facebook
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and Computational Research Laboratories to Collaborate …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
For the young, TV's passivity is passé next to the Internet
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Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Kindle Effect? E-book Sales Up 24 Percent (AMZN)
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MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Not Exploitation If You Chose To Take Part
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
I Need A News Feed For My News Feeds
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview
Sam / Go Big Always:
Media execs are asleep at their own wheel
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is OpenID Being Exploited By The Big Internet Companies?