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1:15 AM ET, November 4, 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 …
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 …
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:   Google had better be careful with its content costs
Nick / Rough Type:
Knee deep in the big YouTube
The Morning After - Reactions to Novell-MS  —  I've collected for you a representative sampling of reactions to the unfortunate Novell-MS alliance.  First, my own: this is apparently some kind of a covenant not to sue, not a true cross licensing deal.  I think that's how they plan to step over and around the GPL.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Ha ha!  You fool! …
Mike / Techdirt:   Microsoft Grudgingly Admits That Someone Out There Might Sometimes Use Linux
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 …
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: Tech Beat and Valleywag
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET
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 has learned.  —  Beginning, Nov. 14, MSN's music site will begin redirecting music purchasers …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Goes Live, Wants To Make Music Social
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.
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 …
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
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
VMWare's Fusion begins private beta  —  Some beta testers that we won't name for their own protection have let us know that VMWare is now ready to take Parallels to task in the desktop virtualization market with Fusion.  —  What is Fusion?  According to the private beta site …
Discussion: Business 2.0 Beta Blogs and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune complete interface walkthrough video  —  Want to know what it's like to use a Zune?  We're going to take you on a comprehensive tour of just about everything this device can do — every menu, submenu, function, and feature.  Then we'll transfer some songs and images, expire our three plays …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Make a ringtone from any MP3  —  Everyone in your office jump when you hear that tired old Nokia ringtone?  Most modern cell phones support custom ringtones that can alert you when it's your phone that's got an incoming call.  —  Google up "ringtones" and you'll get tons …
Discussion: digg
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Mike / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Mark Evans