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Newswatch 1.13.08: Bid for Take-Two turns hostile

EA makes hostile bid for Take-Two

[AP] The heat is on: Electronic Arts Inc.'s $2 billion bid for "Grand Theft Auto" maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. turned hostile Thursday as EA took its $26-per-share offer directly to Take-Two shareholders.

Gates, Mundie makes pitch for white space

[ZDNet] “We’re hopeful [white spaces spectrum] will be made available so that Wi-Fi can explode,” Gates said.

Congress probes FCC complaint-handling

[Reuters] A study by the Government Accountability Office concluded that about 83 percent of the complaint investigations conducted by the FCC between 2003 and 2006 were closed without any enforcement action taken by the agency, and that it was impossible to determine why because the FCC did not collect enough data to follow up.

AAPL dev conf: June 9-13

[MacObserver] Apple announced on Thursday that it will be hosting its World Wide Developer Conference on June 9 through June 13, 2008. The event will be at Moscone West in San Francisco, and Apple is dubbing it "A landmark event. In more ways than one."

GOOG unveils free ad manager

[ZDNet] After winning approval for the DoubleClick acquisition from regulators, Google wasted no time introducing a new free service called “Ad Manager” that gives companies a powerful way to manage their ad inventory.

MSN exec leaves for SpotRunner

[WSJ] Joanne Bradford, vice president and chief media officer of Microsoft's MSN online service, will leave the software maker after seven years to join Spot Runner Inc., a privately held Los Angeles firm that uses the Internet to help companies create advertisements for television.

AAPL sued over iTunes

[BetaNews] ZapMedia holds patents on sending music from a server to multiple players. The company applied for the patents in 2000, however the first one wasn't granted until March 2006, and the other on Tuesday.

MPAA calls net neutrality assault on intellectual property

[ZDNet] MPAA's Glickman: "Today MPAA and all of our studios are standing up in opposition to broad-based government regulation of the Internet. We are opposing so-called "net neutrality" government action. And, in the process, we are standing up for our customers, for our economy and for the ability of content producers to continue to create great movies for the future."