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6:50 PM ET, October 10, 2006


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Tristan Louis / The 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.
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Recapping Coverage Of Google's Acquisition Of YouTube
Discussion: Screenwerk
Tom Krazit / CNET
Google makes video play with YouTube buy
Discussion: Techdirt and Clickable Culture
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Video site buying spree in the offing?
PR Newswire: 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's multi-tenant, shared architecture  —  Apex will dramatically expand the reach, scope …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:'s Apex: The morning tally  —  Now that's Apex programming language and platform has come out from behind the curtain, and the critiques are coming in.  Prior to the open keynote at Dreamforce conference Moscone West in San Francisco this morning …
Nick / Rough Type:
Innovation, not infrastructure  —'s announcement Monday that it would open up its proprietary Apex programming language to customers and other developers marks an important turning point for the company.  It's been clear, at least since the announcement of its AppExchange software marketplace …
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Will Voice-Enabled Mobile Search Kill Directory Assistance?  —  Local media research firm The Kelsey Group just forecast "portal-backed wireless voice search [will] reach 1.45 billion queries in 2010" and cause "a significant disruption of the directory assistance market."  On one level, this is self-evident.
Discussion: Screenwerk and SMS Text News
Adam Bennett /
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
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.
USA Today:
Liberty Media chief: Telecoms could take big hit in cable wars  —  NEW YORK — John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media, says the coming cable-phone wars could turn out to be a bloodbath for AT&T and Verizon.  —  "Cable guys right now have a huge advantage," Malone told USA TODAY.
Jack Slocum / Jack Slocum's Blog:
WordPress Comments System built with Yahoo! UI  —  For quite some time I have wanted to upgrade my WordPress comments system.  I had some free time yesterday so I decided to go through the WordPress internals and figure out how some of it worked.  Before I knew what had happened, it was 3:00am and I had a working prototype.
Discussion: Blogging Pro, Ajaxian and
New York Times:
Venture Firm Shares a YouTube Jackpot  —  Even in Silicon Valley, it is rare for so much money to be made so fast — and by so few.  —  The biggest winners in the $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube by Google are YouTube's founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have parlayed their stakes …
Mike / Techdirt:
Turns Out Lots Of People Will Help Netflix Out For The Possibility Of Winning Money  —  from the and-so-it-goes dept  —  A week ago, we weren't sure if there really were that many people who would be willing to help Netflix improve their recommendation engine for just the chance at winning a million dollars.
eMarketer Articles:
User-Generated Revenue?  —  As more eyes turn to user-generated content sites, can ad dollars be far behind?  —  A new report from In-Stat asserts that over the next several years user-generated content (UGC) will boost Website revenue, mainly from advertising.
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.
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
Qualcomm infringed some Broadcom patents: ITC judge  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An administrative judge on Tuesday ruled that Qualcomm Inc. had infringed a Broadcom Corp. patent in a case Broadcom filed at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  —  The judge determined that Qualcomm infringed …
Discussion: GigaOM and Phone Scoop
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