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11:05 AM ET, October 6, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  I got an email tonight about a possible Google acquisition of YouTube that may be in the final stages before closing.  Rumored price is $1.6 billion.  A quick phone call to a VC confirmed that the rumor is circulating (he also confirmed the price) …
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog  —  Hooray — here's the very first edition of our Technorati Daily Vlog (well, actually, we'll post every weekday!)  The Daily Vlog is really our view of what's hot on the World LIVE Web each day, bringing you not only the headlines but a little of the context behind the headlines.
Discussion: ResearchBuzz and duncanriley.com
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Technorati Launches a Not-So-Hot Video Blog
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: Engadget and CrunchGear
John DeMayo / JohnDeMayo.com:
comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace's average user's age — I don't buy it.  —  Fred Wilson and others note comScore Media Metrix's analysis of MySpace, claiming more then half of their visitors are age 35+.  This just didn't sound right to me, so at first I justified it in my mind …
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Doc Searls Weblog:
Here's a remarkable and comprehensive report (by Krestia DeGeorge in City) on the current fracas going on at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  Key point: … (Or hell, into Google, or Technorati.) … As Tim Rutten reports (and I pointed to yesterday), the LA Times has a monetary value …
Discussion: New Media Musings
istartedsomething.com:
Exclusive look at Windows Vista's viral marketing: Clearification.com  —  Days away from launch, someone has sent in a tip about the official Windows Vista viral marketing campaign called Clearification.  If you loved Demetri Martin in The Daily Show, you'll love him here.
Business Wire:
Myspace.com Founder Issues Report Finding News Corp.'s Myspace Acquisition Defrauded Shareholders of More Than $20 Billion  —  Report Calls for Further Investigation into Self Dealing, Insider Trading, Options Acceleration and Unfair Process Related to Purchase
Discussion: Valleywag
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Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Singing the Praises of the Non-Nano  —  THE CHALLENGERS: Samsung Yepp YP-T9J, left, 2GB: $150, 4G: $200; iRiver Clix,top center, 2GB: $170; 4GB: to be announced; SanDisk Sansa e200, bottom center, 2GB: $140; 4GB: $180; 6GB: $220; 8GB: $250; Creative Zen V Plus, right, 1GB: $100; 2GB: $140; 4GB: $180; 8GB: $250
Discussion: Gizmodo
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges  —  Charges still pending against four other companies accused of pretexting  —  An Internet business that sold people's telephone and credit-card records has agreed to settle charges that it violated U.S. law, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Thursday.
Discussion: Techdirt
Gizmodo:
Phantom Lapboard Gets a Price And a Date: $129 in November  —  The Phantom Lapboard, the keyboard and mouse combination left over from the doomed Phantom console, finally has a price and a ship date.  It's going to be $129.95 in November, but if you order now you can get $30 off.
Discussion: I4U News and The Tech Report
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Hava Wireless: a better Slingbox alternative for Windows Media Center owners?  —  Remember Hava?  When we previewed it back at January's Consumer Electronic Show, the folks at Monsoon Multimedia were touting it as a better Slingbox than Slingbox.  But once the show ended, we promptly forgot about the Hava box.
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations  —  Briefing.com reports (subscription only) that, according to UBS, 2 million Wii consoles were completed in Q3 (July-September) to support Nintendo's upcoming Q406 global console launch, beginning November 19th in North America.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Braun busts out six new boringcams  —  You'd think a company that's been around since 1915 could've come up with something a bit more exciting, but it looks like this is all Braun Phototechnik has to show for 91 years on the market.  Their new lineup uniformly fails to perform …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Mark Evans:
Jumping into the Blogsphere with b5media  —  A little more than two years ago, I wrote a column suggesting blogs were little more than online diaries for love-sick teenage girls.  I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  As readers of my blog(s) have discovered, I've embraced blogs as an exciting …
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond  —  Back in August, Ars reported that Sam Ramji, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, invited members of Firefox's development team to the Microsoft campus.  At the time, it was unclear whether the Firefox team would actually accept the invitation.
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Mitsubishi CM-7200 screen to replace rear-views in trucks
Discussion: I4U News and Trends
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Akimbo's new RCA box with Movielink available as "free" upgrade
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Philips Simplicity Event 2006 shows off conceptual shiny toys
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
More cool workspaces...  My humble little vintage trailer office …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Lifehacker
Gizmodo:
Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31
Discussion: paidContent.org and PVR Wire
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody hits the big 4.0
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet
Discussion: Beet.TV, A VC and BuzzMachine
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever
Discussion: Gizmodo, Aeropause and Ubergizmo
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Advance Notification
Discussion: Threat Chaos and M-Dollar
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's PSP-compatible SRS-U10 universal speaker
Discussion: Gizmodo and MobileWhack.com
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A missing IE7 feature
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Dennis Rice / GottaBeMobile.com:
GottaBeMobile hits high gear with Forums and more!
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
PollDaddy Launches  —  Polldaddy, the online poll tool I've …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Google code search
Mya Frazier / AdAge:
Wal-Mart Shuts Down the Hub