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7:50 PM ET, October 27, 2006

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Tim Wu / Slate:
Does YouTube Really Have Legal Problems?  —  HOW THE BELL LOBBY HELPED MIDWIFE YOUTUBE.  —  When Google bought YouTube, the conventional wisdom—expressed in op-eds, newspaper articles, and scary editorial cartoons—was that they'd also bought themselves a whole heap of copyright trouble.
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Richard Koman / Silicon Valley Watcher:   Google's nonexistent YouTube problem
Heather Green / Blogspotting:
Why Ze Frank is Right and Wrong About Rocketboom  —  It turns out that Ze Frank is right in doubting Rocketboom's numbers.  Rocketboom doesn't dish up 300,000 downloads a day.  In October, it's averaging around 211,000 daily downloads.  —  But that also means that Ze is wrong in speculating …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bourland.com and Beet.TV
Steve Maich / macleans.ca:
Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks  —  They're all still down there, out of sight and all but out of mind — hundreds of millions of miles of hair-thin strands of glass, strung beneath the streets of every city, under farm fields, suburbs, deserts, and strewn across the ocean floor.
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MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Leading Video Search Engine Flurl.com  —  First Major Acquisition for LiveUniverse  —  Fast Growing Flurl.com Breaks Top 125 Alexa Traffic Ranking  —  PRIMEZONE) — Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Founder Acquires Flurl.com
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Kelvin / Mashable!:
Top 10 Video Sharing Sites on MySpace
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, ByeSpace?  —  Some Users Renounce Social Sites as Too Big  —  Social-networking Web sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com have helped link millions of friends.  But now they have a new enemy: 20-year-old Jenny Thompson.  —  After Ms. Thompson created a MySpace page two years ago …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price  —  A Web site called fixavote.com, which appears to be satire, claims to "guarantee" e-voting results.  —  That's the mantra of Election Partners, whose slick Fixavote.com Web site offers such services as "real-time voter correction," and "enhanced retrospective tallying."
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal:
YouTube.com & Video Spam  —  This MediaPost piece discusses a Wendy's "campaign" on YouTube — commercials that "masqueraded" as videos on the site.  There was considerable exposure apparently, with some users responding positively and others critical of the spots.
Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Underage Finnish BitTorrent admins fined $60,000 each  —  Four out of eight administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker "Finreactor" have been declared guilty in court and have to pay damages totalling 60,000 dollars each.  —  The lawsuit against Finreactor has just come to a close (Finnish report).
Discussion: Valleywag and Neowin.net
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
Surveillance system spots violent behaviour  —  Smart surveillance systems capable of automatically detecting violent crimes could soon be available.  —  A computer vision system developed in the University of Texas in Austin, US, can already tell the difference between friendly behaviour …
Jeff Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Amazon S3 For The Win  —  Sometimes the most trivial part of your Second Life experience, when magnified ten thousand times, becomes not such a trivial thing after all.  —  Case in point: The client you download may just seem like a 5-minute nuisance to you.
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Who will buy TiVo?  Google, Yahoo or Microsoft?  —  There is no doubt in my mind that the internet will enter the living room and become a standard form of entertainment on our TV sets.  —  This is happening already today and being fueled by the explosion of video content appearing online.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What did Microsoft learn from Vista?  —  After Bill Gates, the man whose name is most closely associated with Windows is Jim Allchin.  Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services business, is in his final months at Microsoft.  As previously announced …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Profit and Revenue Up 11% on Strength of Games and Servers  —  Microsoft reported solid quarterly results yesterday that slightly surpassed Wall Street expectations, with sales growth driven by its Xbox game business and software for server computers.  Both revenue and profit rose 11 percent.
PC Pro:
PC maker fumes at Vista price hike  —  Leading PC manufacturer Acer has accused Microsoft of ratcheting up the cost of Windows by effectively forcing consumers to opt for the Premium version of Vista.  —  Acer claims that the Vista Home Basic - the new entry-level Windows - is so poorly featured that consumers will simply reject it.
MarketWatch:
EMI Music CEO says the CD is 'dead'  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — EMI Music Chairman and Chief Executive Alain Levy Friday told an audience at the London Business School that the CD is dead, saying music companies will no longer be able to sell CDs without offering "value-added" material.
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