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5:45 PM ET, October 9, 2006

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Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock Combination Will Create New Opportunities for Users and Content Owners Everywhere  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through …
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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 …
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Google Buys YouTube for $1.65 Billion, Grabs Lead in Web Videos  —  Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the most-used Internet search engine, agreed to buy YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion, adding the largest video-sharing site on the Web and an audience that watches more than 100 million clips a day.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Has Acquired YouTube  —  Moments ago the deal was confirmed.  In their largest acquisition to date, Google has acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in an all stock transaction.  Both companies have approved the deal, which should officially close in the fourth quarter.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and WeBreakStuff
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.
Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
CBS strikes strategic alliance with YouTube
Discussion: TechSpot and PVR Wire
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
YouTube signs up Universal, Sony BMG, CBS, and... Google?
Staci / paidContent.org:
GOOG-YouTube: Done Deal; $1.65 Billion In Stock
Financial Times:
Google and YouTube in video deals
Discussion: TechCrunch and Beet.TV
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
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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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 …
MSMobileNews.Com's RSS Newsfeed:
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.
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."
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 …
heise.de:
The end of the road for Sony monitors  —  In North America and Japan, Sony's best-selling regions in global terms, the company has as of now ceased to market monitors.  At the end of the year the Japanese group will also terminate its monitor business in Europe - which at 30 percent is also an important market for the company.
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.
Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
GreedTube Adds Revenue Model to YouTube  —  Since day one, YouTube has lived on a fully community-oriented model where there isn't any money involved at the user level.  This is about to change with a new service called GreedTube, which seems to be an 'unofficial spinoff' of YouTube promising …
Discussion: Mashable! and WebMetricsGuru
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.
 
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T-Mobile hearts Apple. Deal in the works?
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Steven Johnson / New York Times:
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