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1:50 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.
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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 …
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.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
H. P. Investigators Sought Meeting With Top Leaders  —  Investigators at Hewlett-Packard sought a meeting last January with the chief executive and the chairwoman to describe internal efforts to trace news leaks and get their leaders' advice, according to e-mail exchanges between the investigators and a senior company lawyer.
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Peter Waldman / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's Dunn Was Closely Involved In Leak Probe
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0
Saskia Scholtes / Financial Times:
Market gossip goes high-tech  —  Market gossip is to take on a more high-tech form thanks to a new automated system that will trawl through more than 40m internet sources - from blogs to regulatory filings - on behalf of hedge funds.  —  Due for an official launch early next year …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside the Monitor110 research suite
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Kevin Poulsen / 27B Stroke 6:
ATM Hack Uncovered  —  A security expert in New York has learned how to get free money from some ATMs by entering a special code sequence on the PIN pad.  —  Last week, news reports circulated about a cyber thief who strolled into a gas station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechBlog and digg
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Dave G. / Matasano Chargen:
ATM Backdoor... Why is no one talking about this?
Discussion: Privacy Digest
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 …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Breaking News: Facebook in talks with Yahoo for rumored $1B deal
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and MarketWatch
Robert McLaws:
Mary Jo Foley: The Exit Interview  —  Alright, I admit it.  I knew what was going on all along.  Mary Jo Foley dropped a bombshell this afternoon, announcing she was leaving MicrosoftWatch to branch out on her own after 11 years at ZiffDavis.  What are her plans for the future?
Beckie Edwards / Consumerist:
Cingular's One-Way Contract  —  Beckie is a reader who started out with a cell phone from a small company that got bought by AT&T. As you well know, AT&T was bought by Cingular.  A few months later, Beckie received a letter from Cingular asking her to voluntarily discontinue her service …
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Side Effects of Anonymous Attack Blogging  —  So it turns out the guy who anonymously writes dead2.0, an occasionally insightful attack blog, has been identified.  He's a VP at a startup that we'd cover at TechCrunch and CrunchGear, and that I lean towards liking.
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 …
Discussion: I4U News and Emergic
Net:
Scoop: Zecco Head-to-head with E*trade & Charles Schwab  —  My good friend & Maxthon partner in crime, Morten Lund (early Skype investor) just announced that his latest venture Zecco.com (that I wrote about earlier this month) is going head-to-head with brokerage industry giants like E*trade …
Macworld:
iTV: What you need to know  —  We answer questions about Apple's upcoming movie-playing set-top box  —  It's not every day that Apple gives use a preview of a piece of hardware that's not going to arrive for at least three months, and maybe as long as six.
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Tiscali and AOL units targeted in broadband shake-up  —  THE winners and losers in the shake-up of the broadband market were becoming clear last night as bidders began circling Tiscali's UK division and BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse went head-to-head in the bidding for AOL's UK arm.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
Gran Turismo HD: Two Versions, Tons Microtransactions  —  Famitsu reports a brand new model for Gran Turismo on PS3.  —  There's horse armor and then there's the kind of microtransactions that Famitsu is reporting (via: Beyond3D and the vitriolic NeoGAF).  According to the Famitsu inteview …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq, Uninnovate and digg
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
AMD chip socket makes room for others  —  Advanced Micro Devices will let computer makers pop specialized coprocessors into sockets that otherwise would house an AMD primary processor such as Opteron or Athlon.  —  It's an expansion of the Torrenza initiative, introduced in May …
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Xero Trying To Convince Potential Buyers It's Worth More Than Its Name
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Here's how ZuneVoIP could kick iPod's butt
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Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Micron announces 5 megapixel HD sensor for consumer cams
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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A SetTop Box of Murdoch's Dreams
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 Earlier Items: 
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
The Implications of Amaranth - into the Echo Chamber
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Microsoft Offers Paid Display Ad Upgrade to Free Classifieds
TrustedReviews:
USBCELL: Batteries That Recharge Through USB
Discussion: Labnotes and Slashdot
Brian Bremner / Business Week:
Will Nintendo's Wii Strategy Score?
Discussion: Joystiq, Go Nintendo and Slashdot
cio.com:
Experts: VoIP Represents Serious Security Risk
Discussion: VoIP Now and Realtime-VoIP
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Alarm.com Signs VOIP Deal; Looks Next To ISPs
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Al Gore's Current TV Joins With Yahoo for a Video Venture
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Seitz 6x17 Digital shoots at 160 megapixels