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2:50 PM ET, October 10, 2006

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube  —  A profitless Web site started by three 20-somethings after a late-night dinner party is sold for more than a billion dollars, instantly turning dozens of its employees into paper millionaires.  It sounds like a tale from the late 1990's dot-com bubble, but it happened yesterday.
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MSNBC:
Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion  —  Search giant's purchase of video sharing service biggest in its history  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Internet search leader Google is snapping up YouTube for $1.65 billion, brushing aside copyright concerns to seize a starring role in the online video revolution.
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
No Bubble 2.0 yet  —  The recent acquisition of YouTube by Google for a stunning $1.65 billion made me wonder whether we were seeing a rise in the price.  While the New York Times sees a return to the crazy valuations of the 90s, a look at the acquisition landscape does not seem to support their conclusions.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Recapping Coverage Of Google's Acquisition Of YouTube  —  I don't have a ton to say about the Google acquisition of YouTube.  That's because to me, it's more an eyeball landgrab than a search development.  There's no doubt people search for video on YouTube, and getting the leading property will help Google.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:   Video site buying spree in the offing?
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Google Buys YouTube — Mobile Implications?
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Apex, the World's First On-Demand Programming Language and Platform  —  For the first time, third parties will be able to write code that runs automatically on salesforce.com's multi-tenant, shared architecture  —  Apex will dramatically expand the reach, scope …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Salesforce.com's Apex: The morning tally
Nick / Rough Type:
Innovation, not infrastructure  —  Salesforce.com's announcement Monday …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Open Sources
Jennifer Hakes / Google:
Google Signs Agreement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT to Give Users Access to Expansive Catalog of Music Videos  —  Ad-supported video models give users unparalleled access to SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT's content online and creates new monetization opportunities
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Jennifer Hakes / Google:
Google and Warner Music Group Announce Agreement to Offer Google Video Users WMG's Music Video Content  —  Ad-supported video model provides Warner Music Group with content monetization opportunities and unmatched distribution in the online world  —  Google developing technology to enable user-generated content
Discussion: Mr Wave Theory
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A look at Firefox 2.0 RC2  —  Changes in RC2  —  The official release of Firefox 2.0 is right around the corner and the second release candidate (RC2) was made available last week.  Release candidates provide insight into the features and functionality that will be available in the final release.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Adam Bennett / NEWS.com.au:
Laser TV unveiled  —  IT'S being hailed by its developers as the next revolution in visual technology - a laser television that will make plasma screens obsolete.  —  Soon-to-be-listed Australian company Arasor International and its US partner Novalux unveiled what they claimed to be the world's …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and digg
James Enck / EuroTelcoblog:
Ten things I hate about you  —  Last Wednesday the organizers of the Telco 2.0 event were kind enough to give me the opening presentation slot on day one, which was intended to set the scene for a lot of what was to follow.  In the run-up to the event, I had thought long and hard about what sort …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and GigaOM
Chris Roper / IGN:
Guitar Hero II Final Tracklist Revealed  —  It's official: From Aerosmith to the Rolling Stones to RATM, all 40 licensed tracks unveiled.  —  After a year of wishlists, speculation and even a bit of "slipped" information, RedOctane finally has revealed to us the final licensed tracklist for Guitar Hero II.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SmallTown.com: Small Town Reviews, in Flash  —  Almost a year after taking $3 million in funding from Menlo Park's Formative Ventures, SmallTown.com is launching its Flash site for small town local reviews tonight.  I personally find this much Flash annoying but the site might catch on with users who like the look and feel.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Introducing VentureBoard, a marketplace for start-ups  —  VentureBeat is pleased to introduce VentureBoard, a marketplace for the technology start-up community of Silicon Valley and other regions.  —  VentureBoard serves two main purposes, and we think it is particularly relevant for the post YouTube acquisition era.
Discussion: GigaOM
useit.com:
Participation Inequality: Encouraging More Users to Contribute … All large-scale, multi-user communities and online social networks that rely on users to contribute content or build services share one property: most users don't participate very much.  Often, they simply lurk in the background.
 
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New York Times:
Venture Firm Shares a YouTube Jackpot
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Ray Noorda, The CEO Who Led Novell To LAN Dominance, Dies At 82
Jemima / paidContent.org:
@ Mipcom: Piracy Is A Business Model, Says Disney Co-Chair Anne Sweeney
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Web use overtakes newspapers
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Samsung's 10-megapixel cellphone in your (Korean) face
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and CrunchGear
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PS3's go on preorder sales tomorrow...
Nick / Rough Type:
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hacknot.info:
Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
U.N. Enlists Internet Star for Antipoverty Pitch
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Does the Wii run Linux?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Ten Things I Wish IE 7 Was About to Deliver