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9:20 AM ET, October 7, 2006


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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
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks To Buy YouTube For $1.6 Billion  —  Deal Could Put Search Giant  —  In Top Spot for Online Video;  —  A Front Door for Web Visits  —  The latest prize in the great Internet land grab, online-video company YouTube Inc., could soon be snapped up by Google Inc.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Google YouTube Rumor - Hitwise Perspective
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Google said in talks to buy YouTube
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Cuban speaks  —  Mark Cuban is about the speak at the Online …
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Google + YouTube: What it means
Discussion: Valleywag
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Kink in Venture Capital's Gold Chain  —  The high-risk, high-return venture capital business may have turned into all risk and no return.  —  That, in a nutshell, is the message that a prominent venture firm delivered yesterday to its investors when it told them that it could not continue …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Sevin Rosen: Venture Capital is Over  —  In what will be one of the most talked-about and controversial decisions in recent venture-capital history, the folks at Sevin Rosen, one of the best-known venture capital firms, have decided to return all commitments for its latest fund.
Discussion: VC Circle
Jeffrey Goldfarb / Reuters:
Book sales get a lift from Google scan plan  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publishers are starting to report an uptick in sales from Google Inc.'s online program that lets readers peek inside books, two years after the launch of its controversial plan to digitally scan everything in print.
Mike / Techdirt:
Turns Out Putting Your Books On Google Does, Indeed, Help Sales  —  from the and-so-it-goes dept  —  We've never quite understood why some people have so much trouble understanding why it's a good thing when search engines point people in their direction.  Lately it's been all about those …
Google Blogoscoped:   Google Books Top 10
IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready?  —  The final release of IE7 is fast approaching ... and I mean really fast ... and will be delivered to customers via Automatic Updates a few weeks after it's available for download.  We want to ensure that you are ready and the information below will help get you there.
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 …
Robert McLaws /
Windows Vista RC2 Available to TechBeta Members
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) …
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
New Hot Spot For Tech Firms Is the Old One  —  Matt Sanchez was just the kind of entrepreneur that the new wave of the Web boom was supposed to spawn: one untethered by geography, able to locate his company anywhere there was broadband Internet connection and a good idea.
Discussion: and GigaOM
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools  —  In an effort to replace my home backup server with Amazon's S3, I've been collecting a list of Amazon S3 compatible backup tools to look at.  Here's what I've discovered, followed by my requirements.  —  The List  —  I've evaluated exactly zero of these so far.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
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, Engadget, CrunchGear and digg
Nick Coleman / Agence France Presse:
Russian music Internet site refuses to buckle to US pressure  —  MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian Internet site selling Western pop music at knock-down prices says it will continue its methods even though the United States says it is obstructing Russian accession to the World Trade Organisation.
Keynote: Adrian Van Klaveren  —  Pioneering BBC News executive Adrian Van Klaveren kicked off the conference by delivering the opening keynote, discussing the BBC's bold new "Creative Future" initiative.  —  Adrian Van Klaveren talks about what the quintessential media consumer needs most from journalists.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Pluggd, Woz, and seven minutes of Flock  —  Ever want to look into a podcast, er, netcast without listening to it?  Well, is your service.  I visted them today and they crawl the Web looking for audio (and soon video) content, like Leo Laporte's TWiT program.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google News - Porn Edition?
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Mike / Techdirt:
If Mod Chip Firms Get Fined, Should Pep Boys Start Calling Their Lawyers?
Carlo / Techdirt:
When Does An ISP Cross The Net Neutrality Line?
Actroid DER2 fembot
Discussion: I4U News, Gizmodo and digg
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple Store Concierge on your own Mac
Discussion: digg
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
EQO Mobile upgraded to offer near-universal IM over cell
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blue Dot Launches Partner Program, Adds DOS's MZ to Advisory Board
Discussion: Scobleizer
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Living the Promotional Life
Discussion: Screenwerk
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Shake, Rattle & FON
Discussion: VoIP Watch