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12:55 AM ET, October 11, 2006


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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google to Merge Writely and Spreadsheets to Form Google Docs  —  Breaking news: Google will announce tomorrow at the Office 2.0 conference a new product called Google Docs, which will merge Writely and Google Spreadsheets into a collaboration and document management solution, according to sources.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zoho Virtual Office Launching Tommorow; Racing Google to Market  —  Online productivity company Zoho is finally bringing all its various services together into one offering with the release of the Zoho Virtual Office at tomorrow's Office 2.0 conference.  Google is rumored to be planning …
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.
Cingular sues telemarketers for unsolicited calls  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - news) and BellSouth Corp. (NYSE:BLS - news), on Tuesday said it filed three lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against telemarketers to stop them from making unsolicited …
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
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
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.
Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
An alternative to VC: "Selling In"
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Storing Music Tags in the Qloud  —  A small Washington D.C. startup named Qloud is beta-launching today a collaborative filtering system for music along the lines of  If it can achieve critical mass, the startup wants to be a social search engine for music, built on users tagging …
Discussion: and digg
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Qloud Launches - Music Search Meets Social Networking
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
Unfettered Blather:
Top 10 annoying things about next gen  —  October 9th, 2006 by Jason "Botswana" Cox  —  So here we are, supposedly in a new generation of console hardware while there are still new releases for the last generation.  For a market that is supposed to be all about "next gen" …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and Aeropause
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.
Palm, Inc. Announces DigitalLife Press Conference on Oct. 12  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan today invites media to join him for a press conference at DigitalLife on Thursday, Oct. 12, to announce a new Treo(TM) product.
Discussion: Engadget, Treonauts and CrunchGear
John P. Falcone /
Copy never: DRM 'glitch' keeps TiVo Series3, JVC A/V receivers from playing nice  —  Connecting a TiVo Series3 to a JVC A/V receiver via HDMI seems to awaken an otherwise dormant copy-protection feature in the DVR.  At least, that's what happened during testing in the CNET Labs.
Tom Green / Digital Web:
The Rise of Flash Video, Part 1  —  In 2003, I was in Seattle getting ready to do a presentation on Flash Video at Digital Design World when Jim Heid, the Conference Organizer, saw the title slide of the presentation and mentioned that I might be facing a rather tough crowd.
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, TechSpot and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
2007 Will Be A Big Year For RSS  —  With Microsoft's IE7 just around the corner and the other big Internet companies upgrading key information management products, 2007 is going to be the 'make it or break it' year for RSS.  Fergus Burns noted these 4 key platforms, which are all set to ramp …
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Bulletin Release  —  Hey everyone, Craig Gehre here.  We're in the process of releasing our October 2006 Security Bulletins and I wanted to go ahead and update you on it.  —  We're releasing ten new Security Bulletins this month:  —  MS06-056 addresses a vulnerability …
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Benjamin Heckendorn / Engadget:
How-To: Analog control stick for your Sony PSP
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Agence France Presse:
Web overtakes newspapers in Europe
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg
Mike / Techdirt:
Tuesday Morning GooTubing...
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
GameStop: Our PS3s Sold-Out Nationwide
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WordPress Comments System built with Yahoo! UI
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
Qualcomm infringed some Broadcom patents: ITC judge
Discussion: GigaOM and Phone Scoop
Will Google gobble Level 3?
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
OpenLaszlo makes a deal with Java to go mobile
Discussion: JD on EP
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Wii section of EB Games/GameStop open
Discussion: Destructoid and digg
Conference Call Transcripts / SeekingAlpha …:
Google/YouTube Acquisition Conference Call Transcript
Discussion: B2Day
New York Times:
Venture Firm Shares a YouTube Jackpot
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Ray Noorda, The CEO Who Led Novell To LAN Dominance, Dies At 82
Chris Roper / IGN:
Guitar Hero II Final Tracklist Revealed

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New York alt-weekly The Village Voice sold to company controlled by investor Peter D. Barbey

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Twitter is laying off 336 employees or about 8% of its global workforce

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