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10:55 PM ET, October 6, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  Update: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting this as well, saying "Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
WSJ reports Google and YouTube are in acquisition talks  —  It looks like Michael Arrington's report last night that Google is in talks to acquire YouTube may have been more than what he called "40% likely to be at least partially true."  The Wall St. Journal is reporting this morning …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Google to buy YouTube?  Perfect match.  —  This makes total sense to me for a number of reasons:  — Google's search business makes so much money that they could leave the YouTube service the way it is and make back their $1.6B in 6-7 years just by putting Google search boxes all over the site.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google YouTube Rumor - Hitwise Perspective  —  Today's rumor that Google might be buying YouTube strikes me as highly unlikely, but deserves some analysis.  Firstly, how does YouTube's traffic compare to Google Video, and what effect did Google's replacing the Froogle link with Google Video have?
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Google said in talks to buy YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Internet search leader Google Inc. is in talks to acquire the popular online video site YouTube Inc. for about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, according to published reports.  —  Mountain View-based Google and San Mateo-based YouTube …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Google in Talks to Acquire YouTube for $1.6 Billion  —  Google is in serious talks to acquire YouTube, the wildly successful online video-sharing Web site, for $1.6 billion in cash and stock, people involved in the negotiations said today.  —  A deal would end an almost yearlong chess game among …
Discussion: Valleywag and Perceptric Forum
Carlo / Techdirt:
Who Needs The Truth When We Can All Just Point At Each Other?
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:   Google + YouTube: What it means
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube, Google ... fuggedaboutit
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Purchase of YouTube Rumors Heat Up
Discussion: BuzzMachine and David Card
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Puts Lid on New Products  —  Realizing that its myriad services are confusing users, it will focus on refining what it has.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In another sign of Google Inc.'s growth from start-up to corporate behemoth, the company's top executives said Thursday …
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista RC2 is now available to technical beta testers!  —  Today, Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Windows Vista RC2 to Technical Beta Testers, TAP Testers, and MSDN/TechNet subscribers.  This new build of Windows Vista offers users a higher level of performance and stability …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Was MySpace Sold on the Cheap?  —  One of the site's co-founders offers new evidence that parent Intermix Media knew the $580 million it accepted from News Corp. was too low  —  When News Corp. (NWS) Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch paid $580 million for Intermix Media, parent of social network MySpace.com, talk was he overpaid.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Bloomberg:
Google to Subpoena Yahoo, Microsoft on Book Scanning (Update1)  —  Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. will subpoena information from Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to help fight copyright lawsuits over its book-scanning project.  —  Google, the world's most-used search engine …
Business 2.0:
20 Smart Companies to Start Now  —  Howard Schultz, Steve Case, Vinod Khosla, and other major investors are sharing their best startup ideas.  And they're willing to give a collective $100 Million to the entrepreneurs who can make them happen.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) …
Discussion: Alpha.CNET.com and Slashdot
AppleInsider:
Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp  —  Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp's higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Engadget and digg
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Living the Promotional Life  —  CAN an affable 30-year-old conceptual artist turned comedian sell cars to his generation by using nontraditional media like blogs and Webisodes?  —  That is the multimillion-dollar question Nissan North America is asking as an unconventional campaign gets under …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Mod chip seller hit with million-dollar damages  —  Mod chip seller Divineo and two other defendants are on the hook for over $9 million in damages after a federal court judge found that they had violated the DMCA by selling mod chips for consoles.  The defendants were accused by Sony …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony busts down mod-chip retailer with $9 mil. lawsuit
Discussion: TechSpot
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Youths No Longer Predominant at MySpace  —  NEW YORK (AP) - It's not all youths on MySpace.  Half of the site's users are 35 or older, according to comScore Media Metrix's analysis of its U.S. Internet traffic measurements.  Only 30 percent are under 25 despite a common belief that the site …
 
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple Store Concierge on your own Mac
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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blue Dot Launches Partner Program, Adds DOS's MZ to Advisory Board
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Shake, Rattle & FON
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC Herald unmasked
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Loves Open Source WiFi
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
CNN Turns to Event Marketing to Strut Its Brand
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 Earlier Items: 
John Gaudiosi / Wired News:
In-Game Ads Burrow Deeper
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: The Targus iPod Lock, or, a modicum of security
Gizmodo:
Phantom Lapboard Gets a Price And a Date: $129 in November
Discussion: I4U News and The Tech Report
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Singing the Praises of the Non-Nano
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gizmodo:
Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Hava Wireless: a better Slingbox alternative for Windows Media Center owners?