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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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XM and Sirius to Announce Merger Today

ABC News Has Confirmed That Satellite Radio Providers XM and Sirius Will Announce a Merger Today

Feb. 19, 2007 — ABC News has confirmed reports that two satellite radio providers XM and Sirius will announce a long-anticipated merger today.

The two companies worked over the weekend to finalize a plan that is expected to be structured as a "merger of equals," although ABC News has learned the plan calls for Sirius CEO Mel Karamzen to run the new company.

XM was doomed once HOward Stern signed up with Sirius. The problem is the interlocking contracts with the leagues. There is no competition within sattelite but there are other technologies like HD radio.

Also, all this hung on Stern. Once he chose, it was all over.

Part of the other problem is a lack of definition of what they offer and well as the technology. XM has had better tech from the start.

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