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5:55 AM ET, October 3, 2006

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Analysts don't like YouTube's chances  —  Another Internet research firm has predicted doom for YouTube's business model.  —  Copyright issues that have plagued video-sharing site YouTube since its official launch almost a year ago will mean that "YouTube will get sued.
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Brad Stone / Newsweek:
The Battle Over YouTube  —  The video-sharing site is the hottest start-up since Google.  Is it worth a billion dollars, or is it just another company in need of a business model?  —  Warner Music, the fourth largest music company in the world, has every reason to wage business and legal warfare …
Discussion: paidContent.org and digg
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
Google's Growing Grasp  —  To fend off Microsoft and other foes, the search giant is bulking up on partnerships  —  What does Google search for?  Over the past few months, the Web titan has been looking for new partners.  It has teamed with Intuit to enable small-business owners …
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RON / Rondam Ramblings:
Top ten geek business myths  —  Since I've started my new career as a venture capitalist I have become keenly aware of some of the classic mistakes that geeks make when trying to raise money for a new business.  Instead of writing the same comments over and over again I thought I'd try …
Terence O'Hara / Washington Post:
Hard-Learned Lesson: Don't Try to Censor A Blogger  —  Memories fade, but the Internet is forever.  —  Murry N. Gunty found that out the hard way this summer.  Well known among Washington financiers, the head of Milestone Capital Management LLC ran afoul of bloggers for an attempt to censor …
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Dana Hanna / An App A Day:
Day 17 - WPM Tray  —  Tonights application is a Words Per Minute meter in your systray.  The algorithm used to determine a word is VERY simple (a space, tab, or return separated by anything else).  —  It's a green box for 0-99wpm, a gold box for 100-199wpm, and a red box for 200-299wpm.
Discussion: Download Squad, Lifehacker and digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gaming Google  —  Ahh, PayPerPost gathers $3 million from the VCs.  I see a lot of heat and fury on the blogs and on Digg about this, but I don't see anyone asking "why?"  —  Why would any advertiser pay for a post this way?  —  It can't be for the credibility that bloggers have.
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Neil Craven / Bloomberg:
PartyGaming, Sportingbet Plunge on U.S. Gambling Law (Update7)  —  Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Shares of PartyGaming Plc, Sportingbet Plc and 888 Holdings Plc plummeted, wiping out $7 billion of market value, after Congress passed laws to shut down Internet gambling in the U.S.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
DVD Jon Fairplays Apple  —  DRM-buster DVD Jon has a new target in his sights, and it's a big piece of fruit.  He has reverse-engineered Apple's Fairplay and is starting to license it to companies who want their media to play on Apple's devices.  Instead of breaking the DRM …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google takes a bigger bite of Big Apple  —  Google, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is hoping to make it big in New York City.  —  After a year of speculation, the company on Monday officially opened a new, bigger and more Google-y office in the Big Apple in the trendy Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Court puts stop on online check firm  —  A federal judge has ordered online payment processor Qchex to cease its current method of online payment processing, which U.S. regulators say facilitated fraud.  —  Qchex let people create and send checks drawn on any bank account without verifying …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Orkut + Dodgeball: Why Google Will Merge Them  —  I've been hearing whispers that Google will integrate their social network Orkut with the mobile social networking app they acquired last year, Dodgeball.  While it's not rocket science to make the connection between the two products …
Discussion: Mashable!, Virtual Economics and digg
Chris / LiveSide:
Codename Nemo: Windows Live meets Media Center  —  Codename Nemo is designed to be an add-on for Windows Vista (Home Premium and Vista Ultimate editions), that integrates Spaces, Messenger and Live Call into a UI designed for large monitors and TVs.  Nemo essentially creates a Windows Live Media Center …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and PVR Wire
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Why Online Video Sites Are Hot Targets  —  As TV viewing habits change, media companies—and advertisers—are looking elsewhere: They've set their sights on a new breed of startups  —  As the Internet snaps to life with homemade movies, TV shows, and other forms of video …
Discussion: IP Democracy, Webtown and digg
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
How the Wii was born  —  A new direction  —  The Nintendo Wii represents a bold new direction for the company, one that came as somewhat of a surprise.  The integration of a motion-sensitive controller combined with the decision to go with a more modest technological improvement …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Bold start-up, Powerset, about to raise $10M to take on Google  —  We've been hearing about a new Palo Alto start-up called Powerset, which says its search technology is better than Google's.  —  The start-up, led by artificial intelligence and natural language expert, Barney Pell …
Discussion: OnoTech
Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
Facebook follower gets 'unfaced'  —  Rocketboom anchor Amanda Congdon launched a site called Amanda UnBoomed when she allegedly got fired.  But a University of Texas sophomore launched UnFaced.com before he was even kicked off of Facebook.  —  UnFaced is a site that employs technology designed …
BBC:
Video games have 'role in school'  —  Video games could have a serious role to play in the classroom, a survey of teachers and students suggests.  —  The Teaching with Games report was commissioned by games giant Electronic Arts (EA) and carried out by FutureLab.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Sid Yadav / rev2.org:
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Discussion: Valleywag, digg and Slashdot
Brad Linder / PVR Wire:
Mobile TV viewers have short attention spans
Discussion: The Pomo Blog and Netscape.com
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Ageia building PCI Express version of PhysX card
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune wireless: worthless (for now)