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3:35 PM ET, October 9, 2006

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DealBook:
Google Moves Closer to YouTube Deal  —  Mergers & Acquisitions, Google, YouTube  —  After marathon negotiations over the weekend, Google could announce a deal to buy YouTube.com, the popular video-sharing Web site, for about $1.6 billion as early as Monday afternoon, people involved in the talks said.
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Associated Press:
YouTube strikes content deals  —  NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube struck deals with CBS and two major music labels Monday as the popular video-sharing website races to befriend content providers and avoid copyright-infringement lawsuits.  —  The separate agreements with CBS, Vivendi's Universal Music Group …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
WSJ: Google, YouTube Deal Could Be Today  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google's purchase of YouTube could be announced as early as today, after the market closes, although paradoxically the paper is quick to note that the deal still could fall apart.
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
CBS strikes strategic alliance with YouTube  —  In a network TV first, CBS along with Showtime and CSTV have partnered with YouTube to provide a wide range of short-form video clips to the site.  (On the music side, Universal and Sony signed similar deals today).
Discussion: TechSpot and PVR Wire
Financial Times:
Google and YouTube in video deals  —  By Aline van Duyn and Paul Taylor in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  YouTube and Google Video both announced video content deals with big US media companies underscoring the change in attitude among established media companies towards …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google, YouTube sign more separate deals; NYT says acquisition announcement could come tonight  —  Update: The NYTimes is now reporting that according to people involved in the talks, Google and YouTube will have separate board meetings today to approve a deal between them and could announce an acquisition after trading ends.
Discussion: Mashable! and InsideGoogle
Reuters:
Google signs deal with Sony BMG, Warner Music
Discussion: Screenwerk
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's GestureLab:
Mr. Mike goes to Washington  —  and gets reamed for his trouble.  But he gets a good post out of it, and that's something.  Something really good, in fact.  Because most of this new Blogosphere 2.0 is just crap.  Well designed, timely, Seth Godinesque, crapola.  Even, or especially, this post.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
ONA: A lesson in journalism
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Mike Arrington vs. The Mainstream Media
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John Markoff / New York Times:
A Challenge for Exterminators  —  On a whiteboard in a windowless Microsoft conference room here, an elegant curve drawn by a software-testing engineer captures both five years of frustration and more recent progress.  —  The principle behind the curve — that 80 percent of the consequences come …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   The Vista RC2 feedback rolls in
MSMobileNews.Com's RSS Newsfeed:
New Windows Mobile OS "Crossbow" shows its face  —  Windows Mobile 5 is the current OS of choice for Windows Mobile users however the next iteration, codenamed Crossbow, has shown its face, check out the full Pocket PC homescreen shown above!  It has a glossy title bar and soft keys and will feature Vista-esque folder icons etc.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNNMoney.com
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Mobile "crossbow" in the wild?
Discussion: Forever Geek
Lifehacker:
How to create your own iPod screensaver  —  If you're into iPod hacks and you've got a 5G video iPod, you can create and enable a screensaver on your iPod in a few simple steps.  Here's how: … The screensaver (unfortunately) works only when your iPod isn't playing and is charging, but it is a neat Easter egg that I'd never seen.
Mike / Techdirt:
Will Spamhaus Get Shut Down Over Dispute?  —  from the not-good dept  —  Last month, we wrote about a judge awarding an $11 million judgment against anti-spam organization Spamhaus, after an accused spammer (in Spamhaus's database) sued the organization.  Spamhaus lost, in part …
Discussion: SecuriTeam Blogs
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Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Their Crime: Playing iTunes on Devices Not Named iPod  —  Activists protested France's digital rights measures last May.  They want to play music and video, no matter where it was bought, on any device.  —  International Herald Tribune  —  It took more than 10 minutes to persuade …
Discussion: TeleRead
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Web video search site Blinkx signs Microsoft pact  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube is a load of laughs.  Finding something specific you want to watch is another matter.  —  (http://www.blinkx.tv) is emerging as the way consumers on a  —  On Monday, Blinkx will announce potentially …
Mike / Techdirt:
Lessons To Be Learned From Tower Records: When The Market Shifts, You Need To Shift With It  —  from the end-of-an-era dept  —  Two months ago, in noting that Tower Records had filed for bankruptcy for the second time in about two years, we wondered if it was the final word on the pure play music retailer.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Tellme and Cingular Plan Broader Directory Service  —  Tellme Networks and Cingular Wireless are planning an enhanced 411 information service that will use Tellme's voice recognition technology to begin offering some Internet-style searches in addition to telephone directory information.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft to Push Out IE 7 This Month  —  Microsoft this month will be pushing out Internet Explorer 7 to Windows users who download security updates through Microsoft Update or Automatic Updates.  —  Last week, Security Fix mentioned that Microsoft intends to ship 11 patches tomorrow, including a "high-priority update."
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Letting Consumers Control Marketing: Priceless  —  REMEMBER the old advertising slogan, "Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat"?  —  Marketers of all sorts are now being urged to give up the steering wheel to a new breed of consumers who want more control over the ways products are peddled to them.
 
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