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5:45 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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google kicks off ‘white space’ race for faster Wi-Fi
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Associated Press:   Google wants TV ‘white space’ for wi-fi
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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CNNMoney.com:
XM-Sirius merger approved by DOJ  —  Justice Department gives thumbs up to satellite radio merger more than one year after it was first announced.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. Justice Department approved the merger between satellite radio companies Sirius and XM Monday …
Discussion: Techdirt, Hear 2.0, Orbitcast and Switched
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
XM / Sirius merger approved!  —  Looks like that seemingly-desperate two month extension XM and Sirius gave each on the merger agreement paid off after all — federal regulators have finally approved the $5B deal.  The Department of Justice's Antitrust Division says that after …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Clears Sirius Merger With XM  —  The Department of Justice approved the merger of satellite radio companies Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., marking a big step forward for a long-running Wall Street cliffhanger that comes more than a year after the deal was struck.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Associated Press:   Sirius Buyout of Rival XM Approved
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.
PR Newswire:
KIT Capital Takes Strategic Stake in Viewdle  —  IPTV-focused investment group to accelerate market adoption for facial  —  Business Development Partnership with ROO Group Part of Deal  —  Viewdle, Inc. (http://www.viewdle.com), the facial recognition-oriented video search company …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Roo Group Backers Bet On Face Recognition Software
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How I Blew My Google Interview  —  Another form of web literature is emerging: stories of job applicants rejected by Google (GOOG).  Google makes all applicants sign NDAs, of course—can't have future applicants boning up!—but unlike the standard Googleplex NDAs, these apparently don't bar tales …
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).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is OpenID Being Exploited By The Big Internet Companies?  —  OpenID, a distributed single sign on solution that allows people to sign into different services with the same login credentials, gained significant momentum over the last year as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL all pledged their support for the initiative.
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
Sam / Go Big Always:
Media execs are asleep at their own wheel  —  Why media execs still don't get social media is beyond me.  —  Yes, I get their business model: serve as many pages as possible so they can have enough media “inventory” to sell lots of ads.  And then there is subscription.
 
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
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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
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Analyst: 50 percent of phones will play music by 2011
Discussion: Electronista
Mona Elesseily / Search Engine Land:
Is Microhoo A Done Deal?
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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Toluu Offers Gateway to Friends' RSS Feeds, Recommends New Ones
Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Kindle Effect? E-book Sales Up 24 Percent (AMZN)
Discussion: WebProNews
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Intel's Netbook revealed as the 2go PC
Discussion: Crave and dailywireless.org
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Fortune:
A half-billion in widgets  —  If Max Levchin's Slide can cure …
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
MacBook Air makes a great ultraportable... for Vista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
It's Not Exploitation If You Chose To Take Part
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Report: MySpace nears deal with Sony BMG, Warner Music
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
I Need A News Feed For My News Feeds