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11:55 AM 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.
Discussion: Clickety Clack, BeyondVC and Mark Evans
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 …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I still think Google is crazy :)  —  Kudos to Youtube for getting them to say yes.  My advice to you is to always protect your downside.  Ignore all the scammers who want your money, and dont listen to all the tax scammers who want to save you money on taxes.  Writing that check is painful, but its the right thing to do.
New York Times:
Google to Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion  —  Google announced this afternoon that it would buy YouTube, the popular video-sharing Web site, for stock that it valued at $1.65 billion.  —  Google beat out a number of other YouTube suitors, including Microsoft, Viacom, Yahoo and the News Corporation.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Google makes video play with YouTube buy
Discussion: Clickable Culture
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Recapping Coverage Of Google's Acquisition Of YouTube
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Psychoanalyzing Goobe
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Main GooTube Takeaways
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Google and YouTube: Pig in a poke?
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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
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.
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: 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.
Discussion: and You NEWB
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
We made it (a little bit) better  —  It's been a very exciting week since we did our big Reader update.  It's good to see that people have been liking our work.  At the same time, we know there's still lots to do, which is why we've been busy fixing bugs and tweaking things in response to user feedback.
Nick / Rough Type:
A glass house  —  Michael Arrington, founder of the popular technology news blog TechCrunch, traveled to Washington, DC, last weekend to participate in a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Online News Association.  He apparently used the occasion to excoriate newspapers …
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
U.N. Enlists Internet Star for Antipoverty Pitch  —  The Likes of Lonelygirl15  —  Are Sought for Service Ads;  —  Risk of Using Web Producers  —  The United Nations is hoping a lonely girl can help it fight poverty.  —  The U.N. has enlisted the star of hugely popular Web video series LonelyGirl15 …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A masked Apple employee begins to blog  —  The Masked Blogger is an Apple employee who has decided to "join the conversation," while trying not to have the conversation turn to the inevitable topic of his employment being terminated by Apple.  The blog in question was born out of a desire …
Discussion: Scobleizer, Infinite Loop and digg
Curtis / You NEWB:
Run like hell!  PS3 pre-orders to start tomorrow!  —  If you're itching to get your sweaty mits on a PS3 as soon as possible, we have the next best thing.  A PS3 preorder!  You're in luck because EB/Gamestop is going to start accepting pre-orders TOMORROW.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and digg
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