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2:40 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% partially true."  The Wall St. Journal is reporting this morning that those talks are in fact underway …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube, Google ... fuggedaboutit
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Blogging Stocks
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 …
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
$20-billion worth of sour grapes  —  Hey, I love the Interweb as much as anyone, and how it makes it easy for people who feel they've been wronged to take their story to the people, etc. etc., but seriously — why would anyone in their right mind believe Brad Greenspan, who claims …
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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
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 $9 mil. lawsuit
Discussion: TechSpot
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Viral marketing: Vista or Veesta?  —  Some folks don't quite know what to make of Clearification.com, an extremely off-the-wall site set up to hype Windows Vista using the gently surreal comic charms of Demetri Martin.  —  However, any time a corporation that typically markets …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Youths No Longer Predominant at MySpace  —  NEW YORK (AP) - It's not all youths on MySpace.  Half of the site's users are 35 or older, according to comScore Media Metrix's analysis of its U.S. Internet traffic measurements.  Only 30 percent are under 25 despite a common belief that the site …
ExtremeTech:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t—The Most Over-featured Mouse Ever  —  We do plenty of mouse reviews here at ExtremeTech.  And why not?  High-end products like Logitech's G7 Laser Cordless and Creative's Fatal1ty line cater to the kind of performance enthusiast gamers and do-it-yourselfers want.
Discussion: Engadget
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Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Aeropause
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Actroid DER2 fembot loves Hello Kitty  —  Kokoro, a Sanrio Group company specializing in the design and manufacture of robots, unveiled its new Actroid DER2 feminine guide robot at Sanrio headquarters in Tokyo on October 4.  —  Actroid DER2 is an upgraded version of Kokoro's previous fembot …
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: ALLIED and New Media Musings
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 …
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC Herald unmasked  —  Try as they might, no HTC phone stays hidden for long, and it looks like the QWERTY-rific HTC Herald is the latest of their smartphones to fall prey to a rather convenient leak.  As previously rumored, the Herald brings all that HTC Hermes spec love, but in a 17mm-thick form factor.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: The Targus iPod Lock, or, a modicum of security  —  Noted security expert Marc Weber Tobias contributes a new column, The Lockdown, exposing the shoddy security you may depend on.  —  Targus is offering what they call a "mobile security lock" that they claim is a perfect …
SearchViews:
Quick Hits about Business, Politics and the Google Truth In Between  —  Which One of These is Not Like The Other  —  The Hub, Wal-Mart's attempt at social networking, is dead after just three months online.  The Hub encouraged teens to create pages and "Wal-Mart Wish Lists" in the hope of winning "some fab prizes".
 
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Carly Fiorina / us.penguingroup.com:
Tough Choices  —  Behind the headlines—one of the most talked …
Tom Bramwell / Eurogamer:
European gamers 'don't mind' launch delays - Sony VP
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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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Microsoft give MVP Award to Adware Pusher
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In-Game Ads Burrow Deeper
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Phantom Lapboard Gets a Price And a Date: $129 in November
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NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
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Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31
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 Gawker
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges
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