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5:15 PM ET, October 10, 2006

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Google makes video play with YouTube buy
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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Nick / Rough Type:
Innovation, not infrastructure  —  Salesforce.com'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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com's Apex: The morning tally  —  Now that salesforce.com'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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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