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9:10 PM ET, September 21, 2009

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Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity”  —  Prepared Remarks of  —  The Brookings Institution, Washington DC
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Republicans Move to Block Network Neutrality  —  Senate Republicans react quickly to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to expand the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality authority.  Working on an unrelated appropriations bill, Republican senators push an amendment …
Discussion: GigaOM and Tech Beat
David L. Cohen / Comcast Voices:
Does the Internet Need More Regulation?  FCC to Decide  —  Today, the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, announced that he will ask the FCC to adopt new regulations on the way that companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Hughes Satellite, and thousands of others provide Internet services to consumers.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon, AT&T: Net neutrality not OK for wireless  —  The wireless industry is gearing up to fight new Net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission is formulating to keep the Internet open.  —  On Monday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech at the Brookings Institute …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
FCC plan for open internet ‘perfect,’ Lessig says; AT&T, Verizon critical
Discussion: Bits, FierceWireless and ZeroPaid.com
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest  —  Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  —  The company's challenge, begun in October 2006, was both geeky and formidable …
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Winning Netflix Team Draws From AT&T, Yahoo
Discussion: Associated Press
content.dell.com:
Dell to Acquire Perot Systems for $3.9 Billion, Creating Comprehensive, Customer-Focused IT-Solutions Company  —  Dell and Perot Systems have entered a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Perot Systems in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.
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Jim Finkle / MediaFile:
Who runs mergers and acquisitions at Dell?  —  (Update: Dell PR misspoke about Johnson's responsibilities, and we've made changes below as indicated.)  —  Dell, which announced plans to buy Perot Systems for $3.9 billion on Monday, completed the deal without help from an executive in charge of mergers and acquisitions.
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:   Perot Family's Windfall From Dell Acquisition May Stretch to $400 Million
Matt Cutts / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking  —  Recently we received some questions about how Google uses (or more accurately, doesn't use) the “keywords” meta tag in ranking web search results.  Suppose you have two website owners, Alice and Bob.  Alice runs a company called AliceCo and Bob runs BobCo.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Partner With Nielsen  —  Facebook Inc. plans to announce a deal with online measurement company Nielsen Co., in a step to address advertisers' frustration with measuring how their ads perform on the social network.  —  Under the partnership, terms of which aren't expected to be disclosed …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EU releases dirty details of evidence against Intel in antitrust case  —  The European Union's antitrust division released a public version of its May antitrust ruling against Intel, detailing for the first time the evidence that led to a record $1.45 billion fine.
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Sharon Nguyen / MySpace Blog:
MySpace Syncs with Twitter  —  Today we're beginning the global beta rollout of a new functionality on MySpace that empowers our users to sync their MySpace status updates with their Twitter feed.  Any U.S. user can opt-in to sync their status so that any update created on MySpace will appear …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Adds Zimbra to the Garage Sale as It Tries to Shed What Isn't “You!”  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been shopping around Zimbra, the open-source email company it bought in late 2007 for $350 million.  —  Zimbra is only one of the many assets of Yahoo (YHOO) …
Maya Baratz / The Huffington Post:
Women in Tech: The Silicon Ceiling  —  When I first I attended the Webby Awards in 2001, I noticed an anthropological paradox: The line to the ladies' room was nonexistent, the men's, long.  —  Where were all the women?  Surely they existed in the then-budding Internet industry (I did!).
Discussion: MediaPost
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
3G MicroCells: AT&T Wants You to Pay Extra to Fix Their Own Failures  —  AT&T's network is basically a huge failure.  And if you want to fix their incompetence in your area, you'll need to pay an additional $20 a month for a 3G MicroCell.  I call bulls**t.  —  Danny touched on this earlier, but the logic here is blowing my mind.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The New York Times, Brought to You-Literally-by Twitter  —  It has easy enough to be skeptical about Twitter's influence and staying power-I do it all the time.  But there's no denying that it has become a powerful driver of Web traffic.  —  Just ask the New York Times (NYT) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
First USB 3.0 product gets certified, floodgates get closer to breaking  —  You heard it here first, folks: SuperSpeed USB is a reality.  After waiting around for what feels like ages, USB 3.0 can now say it has its first certified product in NEC's xHCI host controller.
Reuters:
Yahoo seeking up to $500 million for small business unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) hopes to get up to $500 million for a unit that hosts websites for small companies, after putting it on the market for several months, two people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Exclusive Interview: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the Value of Viral Loops  —  This interview was conducted during research for my book, Viral Loop.  You can read an excerpt here at Fast Company, or find out what your friends are really worth by installing the Viral Loop widget.
Discussion: Inc.com, Thanks:albertonardelli
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Netgear offers a networked hard drive for the masses, with a caveat  —  The tech industry is gradually persuading Americans to set up home networks, but it's had a tougher time selling consumers on the idea of storing all their data on a single device within their homes.
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Russian Billionaire Installs Anti-Photo Shield on Giant Yacht  —  Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht.  The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Tech companies getting rich quick  —  Dell and Adobe paid sweet premiums for Perot and Omniture.  And more big tech mergers are likely as Microsoft, Cisco and Google all sit on massive piles of cash.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Technology stocks have outperformed the broader market during …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: More Org Chart Shuffles Coming; So Are Ad Dollars.  But Mum on Microsoft.  —  It's Advertising Week in New York!  Which means that for the next few days, ad sellers will be meeting, greeting and buttering up ad buyers in hopes of prying some of their dollars free.  Just like every week in New York.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo Reportedly Losing eBay Text Ad Biz To Google; Hit To Revs, Little Profit Impact  —  Citing “some online advertising agencies,” JMP Securities analyst Sameet Sinha writes today that eBay (EBAY) has replaced its Yahoo (YHOO) text ads with Google's (GOOG) syndicated search ads.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Alice.com Raises $4 Million For Household Goods Shopping Platform  —  Alice.com, the retail platform for household goods, has raised $4 million in a Series B round according to an SEC filing.  According to the filing, the company is trying to raise an additional $2 million in this round.
Discussion: paidContent
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Micropayments for news: The holy grail or just a dangerous delusion?  —  No matter how many times people like Clay Shirky or Mike Masnick try to pop the bubble of faith around micropayments as a cure for what ails the newspaper industry (or even the media industry as a whole) …
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Netflix CEO: We'll Get to the iPhone...Eventually
Discussion: Gizmodo and MediaFile
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rearden Commerce Raises Another $40 Million, Lays Off 18 Percent
Discussion: alarm:clock
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Google Keyword Business May Be Questioned by European Union Court Opinion
Adam Blenford / BBC:
Bold Rwanda takes broadband leap
Discussion: Techgeist
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Q+A: Omniture CEO Josh James After Adobe
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Beats Twitter to Local Advertising Goldmine
Discussion: Internet2Go, TechCrunch and The Web Life, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Barker / Contentinople:
News Corp.'s Miller: MySpace Fell Behind
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt: Independent Yahoo Still Important To Competition
Thanks:atul
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome Is a Lock for 10% Share, but How Much More?