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10:40 PM ET, September 21, 2006


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Sam Gustin / New York Post:
YOUTUBE'S GOT A FAT IDEA OF ITSELF  —  INTERNET upstart YouTube, the bane-du-jour of copyright holders everywhere, won't sell itself for anything less than $1.5 billion, The Post has learned.  —  But that number far exceeds the price top media execs appear willing to pay for a company many believe lacks a sustainable business model.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Magic Number - $1.5 Billion  —  I spoke with NYPost writer Sam Gustin for a few minutes last night as he was preparing an article on YouTube.  His article is now up - you can see it here.  The most interesting part of the conversation was when Sam told me that a source …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who is getting bought next?  YouTube, Facebook?  —  Another day in Silly-con valley.  WSJ reports Yahoo is looking at Facebook, for somewhere around $1 billion.  Yahoo-Facebook reports and rumors have been circling for a while now.  The other Web 2.0 darling, YouTube is also for sale, for $1.5 billion.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Demands $1.5 Billion  —  YouTube wouldn't sell for less than $1.5 billion, reports the NYPost.  The information comes from a "senior industry source" who has been in talks to acquire the Menlo Park startup.  It's not clear, however, who would pay that price: it's almost three times what MySpace went for.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Microsoft Media Player shreds your rights  —  Comment No more backups, or Tivo  —  THINK DRM WAS bad already?  Think I was joking when I said the plan was to start with barely tolerable incursions on your rights, then turn the thumbscrews?  Welcome to Windows Media Player 11, and the rights get chipped away a lot more.
Backing up and restoring licenses  —  Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses).  However, depending upon where your protected files came from, you might be able to restore your rights over the Internet.
Socialtext 2.0  —  Today I gave a keynote at Networld/Interop on Enterprise 2.0 alongside Andrew McAfee — and launched Socialtext 2.0 — the most simple to adopt, use and extend wiki.  Techcrunch has the details.  —  Two big changes come with Socialtext2.0.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SocialText aims for wiki 2.0  —  Enterprise wiki vendor SocialText rolled out version 2.0 of its software this morning and made a couple of changes that are important for people beyond its existing customer base.  The changes include a drastic overhaul to the standard wiki interface …
Washington Post:
HP CEO Allowed 'Sting' of Reporter  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Mark V. Hurd approved an elaborate "sting" operation on a reporter in February in an attempt to plug leaks to the media, according to an e-mail message sent by HP Chairman Patricia C. Dunn.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
H. P. Investigators Sought Meeting With Top Leaders
Dave G. / Matasano Chargen:
ATM Backdoor... Why is no one talking about this?  —  So, two people have sent me two links (YouTube) about this story.  Apparently, a man came into a store that had an ATM.  He walked up to the ATM with an ATM card (supposedly nothing special about the card, but it wasn't his), and typed in a magic security code.
Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
ATM Hack Uncovered
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and digg
Visualize size differences with Sizeasy  —  Web site Sizeasy is a really cool visualization tool designed to give you an idea how big something is.  —  For example, the screenshot to the right compares the dimensions of a 2nd generation iPod Shuffle to a matchbox and credit card.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ajaxian, Boing Boing and CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype backer takes on ETrade with free trades  —  Morten Lund, the guy who was the earliest backers of Skype is at it again.  He has financed Zecco, a start-up that will allow consumers to trade stocks for zero commissions, versus $10 to $20 that many online brokers charge today.
Remember Ring Gives You a Burning Reminder  —  The Remember Ring has a special nagging feature, using its "Hot Spot" technology that warms up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 seconds, every hour, on the hour, beginning 24 hours before that "special day," apparently honoring the anniversary of your voluntary servitude.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and digg
Kurt Eichenwald / New York Times:
Effort to Combat Child Pornography Would Close Web Sites  —  As part of the battle against the spread of child pornography on the Internet, an initiative has begun allowing for the shutdown or blocking of sites offering illicit images of minors, even in cases where no criminal investigation is being conducted.
Stephanie.Quilao / Back in skinny jeans:
How to explain RSS the Oprah way  —  Today, I'm going to explain how RSS can help you live your best life online.  —  We all have busy lives with very little time.  Web surfing is fun but can take hours going to visit every single website and blog you enjoy.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Will Yahoo's stock price kill acquisition of Facebook?  Facebook IPO?  —  Yahoo has been in talks to acquire the college social networking site, Facebook, for up to $1 billion, according to the WSJ.  —  But the article doesn't raise the obvious question about Yahoo's plunging stock price …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Disney chief talks up Apple's iTV media hub  —  After playing with a pre-production unit, Walt Disney chief executive Robert Iger says Apple's forthcoming iTV streaming media hub is a "compelling" device that will change the way people enjoy and share their video content.
Switch To A Mac:
Apple's Mac OS Market Share Rises 24 Percent Year Over Year  —  Several outlets this week have reported that Apple's market share is declining or has flattened out, especially when compared to December 2005 data.  At first glance it may appear so but there's more to the story and the data.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Lessons From the Facebook Riots  —  Earlier this month, the popular social networking site Facebook learned a hard lesson in privacy.  It introduced a new feature called "News Feeds" that shows an aggregation of everything members do on the site, such as added and deleted friends …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VC investments in Web 2.0 companies booming, better study shows
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Matthew Broersma / CNET
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq, Uninnovate and digg