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Earlier today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cleared Google's acquisition of DoubleClick. This is obviously excellent news for both companies. The FTC's decision publicly affirms what we and numerous independent analysts have been saying for months: the acquisition does not threaten competition in what is a robust, innovative and quickly evolving online advertising space. In fact, we firmly believe the transaction will increase competition and bring substantial benefits to consumers, web publishers and online advertisers.

If you would like to read Google's analysis on the FTC's clearance statement, click here.


Henry Blodget and the Silicon Alley Insider team recently announced the people recognized in their first Silicon Alley 100 list. We're pleased to see such a list return – it's been awhile since the last similar list ran in the now-defunct magazine Silicon Alley Reporter – and SAI's effort has resulted in a solid roundup of some of the leading business and technology movers and shakers in New York City.

DoubleClick's own CEO David Rosenblatt is listed at #15, and we're proud that he's included. We're also pleased to see a handful of notable DoubleClick alumni in the mix. Former DoubleClick team members who made the cut include Adam Benjamin and Roger Jehenson, Wenda Harris Millard, Jonathan Shapiro, Mike Walrath, and 2007 "up and comer" Court Cunningham. Kudos to all involved!