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5:05 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 …
Google Moves Closer to YouTube Deal  —  Mergers & Acquisitions, Google, YouTube  —  After marathon negotiations over the weekend, Google could announce a deal to buy, the popular video-sharing Web site, for about $1.6 billion as early as Monday afternoon, people involved in the talks said.
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 …
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: TechCrunch and Beet.TV
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
WSJ: Google, YouTube Deal Could Be Today
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google, YouTube sign more separate deals; NYT says acquisition …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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 …
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.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Mike Arrington vs. The Mainstream Media
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
ONA: A lesson in journalism
Gadi / SecuriTeam Blogs:
ICANN ordered by Illinois court to suspend  —  Information about this court ruling can be found on Spamhaus's web site, here:  — e360/kocoras_order_6_10.pdf  —  Apparently, at this stage, it is only a proposed ruling.  But I am no lawyer.
Discussion: Slashdot and
Mike / Techdirt:
Will Spamhaus Get Shut Down Over Dispute?
Discussion: SecuriTeam Blogs
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."
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
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.
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.  —  ( is emerging as the way consumers on a  —  On Monday, Blinkx will announce potentially …
Sid Yadav /
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Windows Live Search Mobile PPCall Deal With Ingenio
Discussion: Screenwerk
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Waleli GSM-doorbell hits version 2.0
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Aruba Networks to install "world's largest" WLAN at OSU
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T-Mobile hearts Apple. Deal in the works?
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce strives for the on demand Apex
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET's Getting Its Groove
Discussion: Between the Lines and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast getting into movie downloads
Discussion: TeleRead and Lost Remote
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
BuzzLogic: Interview with Co-Founder Mitch Ratcliffe
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Boom years are over for new chip makers, but experience and a good idea can go far
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Steven Johnson / New York Times:
The Long Zoom  —  Most eras have distinct "ways of seeing" …