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1:00 PM ET, September 21, 2006


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Sam Gustin / New York Post:
YOUTUBE'S GOT A FAT IDEA OF ITSELF  —  INTERNET upstart YouTube, the bane-du-jour of copyright holders everywhere, won't sell itself for anything less than $1.5 billion, The Post has learned.  —  But that number far exceeds the price top media execs appear willing to pay for a company many believe lacks a sustainable business model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Magic Number - $1.5 Billion  —  I spoke with NYPost writer Sam Gustin for a few minutes last night as he was preparing an article on YouTube.  His article is now up - you can see it here.  The most interesting part of the conversation was when Sam told me that a source …
Washington Post:
HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
H. P. Investigators Sought Meeting With Top Leaders  —  Investigators at Hewlett-Packard sought a meeting last January with the chief executive and the chairwoman to describe internal efforts to trace news leaks and get their leaders' advice, according to e-mail exchanges between the investigators and a senior company lawyer.
Peter Waldman / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's Dunn Was Closely Involved In Leak Probe
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0
Saskia Scholtes / Financial Times:
Market gossip goes high-tech  —  Market gossip is to take on a more high-tech form thanks to a new automated system that will trawl through more than 40m internet sources - from blogs to regulatory filings - on behalf of hedge funds.  —  Due for an official launch early next year …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside the Monitor110 research suite
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Robert McLaws:
Mary Jo Foley: The Exit Interview  —  Alright, I admit it.  I knew what was going on all along.  Mary Jo Foley dropped a bombshell this afternoon, announcing she was leaving MicrosoftWatch to branch out on her own after 11 years at ZiffDavis.  What are her plans for the future?
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine: Signs VOIP Deal; Looks Next To ISPs  — has signed its second VOIP partnership deal, with SunRocket.  Executives said they're looking ahead to partnerships with ISPs, providing yet another tier of service to existing "triple play" relationships.
Garrett Smith / Smith On VoIP:
Alarm over IP - Giving VoIP Pure Plays "Triple Play" Potential?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Breaking News: Facebook in talks with Yahoo for rumored $1B deal  —  The WSJ is reporting that US Social Networking site Facebook is in serious talks to sell itself to Yahoo, for an amount that may be as high as $1 billion.  According to the WSJ, this is a return to the acquisition talks …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Yahoo In Acquisition Talks for $1 billion?
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Facebook in talks to sell to Yahoo for up to $1Billion
Discussion: MarketWatch
Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
ATM Hack Uncovered  —  A security expert in New York has learned how to get free money from some ATMs by entering a special code sequence on the PIN pad.  —  Last week, news reports circulated about a cyber thief who strolled into a gas station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and digg
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Side Effects of Anonymous Attack Blogging  —  So it turns out the guy who anonymously writes dead2.0, an occasionally insightful attack blog, has been identified.  He's a VP at a startup that we'd cover at TechCrunch and CrunchGear, and that I lean towards liking.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Lessons From the Facebook Riots  —  Earlier this month, the popular social networking site Facebook learned a hard lesson in privacy.  It introduced a new feature called "News Feeds" that shows an aggregation of everything members do on the site, such as added and deleted friends …
Discussion: I4U News and Emergic
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Tiscali and AOL units targeted in broadband shake-up  —  THE winners and losers in the shake-up of the broadband market were becoming clear last night as bidders began circling Tiscali's UK division and BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse went head-to-head in the bidding for AOL's UK arm.
Beckie Edwards / Consumerist:
Cingular's One-Way Contract  —  Beckie is a reader who started out with a cell phone from a small company that got bought by AT&T. As you well know, AT&T was bought by Cingular.  A few months later, Beckie received a letter from Cingular asking her to voluntarily discontinue her service …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A SetTop Box of Murdoch's Dreams  —  What if you could build a set top box, that could take high definition video input from satellite, and at the same time be able to take standard definition Internet video over Broadband and display both of them on your television?
iTV: What you need to know  —  We answer questions about Apple's upcoming movie-playing set-top box  —  It's not every day that Apple gives use a preview of a piece of hardware that's not going to arrive for at least three months, and maybe as long as six.
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