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5:30 PM ET, November 3, 2006

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Financial Times:
Google in bid to halt YouTube legal threat  —  By Joshua Chaffin and Aline van Duyn in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Google is engaged in a frantic round of negotiations aimed at persuading traditional media companies to supply their content to YouTube …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google In Frantic Talks To Halt YouTube's Legal Threat; Offers Tens of Millions In Upfront Money  —  Updated below: Google is in frantic talks with big media companies to halt any legal threats coming YouTube's way, reports FT. We already knew Google CEO Eric Schmidt and other managers have met …
Nick / Rough Type:
Knee deep in the big YouTube  —  The toughest negotiations in a corporate acquisition are usually carried out between the two companies directly involved, and they're usually completed before the merger agreement is signed.  But with Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube …
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Google had better be careful with its content costs
Discussion: The Blogging Times
Mike / Techdirt:
Writers, Directors, Actors Want Their Cut Of The Online Video Spoils
Discussion: digg
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
MSN Music presses mute on downloads  —  Two years after opening its MSN Music store to compete with Apple Computer's iTunes, Microsoft plans to stop selling downloads from the site, CNET News.com has learned.  —  Beginning, Nov. 14, MSN's music site will begin redirecting music purchasers …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Reality check: Microsoft isn't waving the white flag  —  It makes for good headlines, but the reality is Microsoft isn't conceding anything with its newly minted Novell alliance.  —  There is no hell freezing over, no snowballs melting and definitely no white flags fluttering over the Microsoft headquarters building.
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Mike / Techdirt:   Microsoft Grudgingly Admits That Someone Out There Might Sometimes Use Linux
Marc Wagner / Between the Lines:
Strategic partnerhip or unholy alliance?
Discussion: TechSpot and Global Nerdy
Business Week:
Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet  —  Amazon's CEO wants to run your business with the technology behind his Web site.  But Wall street wants him to mind the store  —  It was one of the Web's typical flash frenzies, a gaggle of geeks seeking the new, new thing.  At 2 a.m. on Aug. 24 …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon Rolls Out its Visionary WebOS Strategy  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  WebOS services are going to be utilized by thousands of companies - and will power the next generation of web applications.  Amazon is at this point leading the charge …
Discussion: Blogspotting
Federal Trade Commission:
Zango, Inc. Settles FTC Charges  —  Will Give Up $3 Million in Ill-Gotten Gains for Unfair and Deceptive Adware Downloads  —  Zango, Inc., formerly known as 180solutions, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of adware, and two principals have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
AllAdvantage Is Back  —  We got more than one email this week asking us to join the rebirth of AllAdvantage, the bubble-era pyramid scheme.  The new company is called AGLOCO, and it is pre-launch, but the idea is the same — get paid to surf the web.  This time, the motto is "own the internet."
Discussion: Techdirt and HipMojo.com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
RANT: THE COMCAST HD DVR IS SIMPLY, TERRIBLY AWFUL  —  This has been boiling in me for a long, long time, and I need to get it out.  Why?  Well, last night the power went out at my house, not uncommon here in Marin, where the homes are old and the weather rainy.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
YouTube, Coming Soon to Your Cell Phone  —  We've been hearing about the possibilities of YouTube pushing mobile for awhile.  A few people we have talked with in the mobile industry have said that the company has been burning the midnight oil working on getting a mobile offering out as soon as possible.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Zune player and software hands-on gallery  —  It's been a long, arduous trip prying our way into Microsoft's inner workings this past year, but we finally got a chance to sit down with all three Zunes and get some serious play time with the damned things.
Ashley / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: Compete.com Launches - Free Web Metrics Tool  —  Bookmark This: CyberMark - del.icio.us - Furl - reddit - StumbleUpon - Yahoo  —  Free For All Friday  —  Earlier this week, Compete.com launched as a web metrics/analytics tool that is available to everyone for free.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo China to file aggressive suit against Qihoo nemesis  —  Alibaba, the large Chinese company that owns Yahoo China, is preparing to file another hard-hitting suit against competitor Qihoo and its leader, Zhou Hongyi (pictured above).  —  Yahoo China has already filed one suit against Qihoo …
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Not Have The Government Tax Google To Pay For Next Generation Networks?  —  from the because-it's-idiotic?  dept  —  For all of the bad arguments we see against network neutrality legislation, at the very least they come from a basic (if skewed) free market rationale.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Gizmodo:
Zune: First Full Review  —  Microsoft was kind enough to get us some hands-on time with the Zune, not batting an eye as we eagerly slided the player down our pants, enjoying the material it was made out of.  Our thoughts first, then a gallery later.  —  The outside is made out of a rubberized plastic …
Discussion: SCI FI Tech, CrunchGear and Coolfer
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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