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1:25 PM ET, October 6, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  I got an email tonight about a possible Google acquisition of YouTube that may be in the final stages before closing.  Rumored price is $1.6 billion.  A quick phone call to a VC confirmed that the rumor is circulating (he also confirmed the price) …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
WSJ reports Google and YouTube are in acquisition talks  —  It looks like Michael Arrington's report last night that Google is in talks to acquire YouTube may have been more than what he called "40% partially true."  The Wall St. Journal is reporting this morning that those talks are in fact underway …
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Google-YouTube marriage?  —  The WSJ reports (sub required) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube, Google ... fuggedaboutit
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Puts Lid on New Products  —  Realizing that its myriad services are confusing users, it will focus on refining what it has.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In another sign of Google Inc.'s growth from start-up to corporate behemoth, the company's top executives said Thursday …
ExtremeTech:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t—The Most Over-featured Mouse Ever  —  We do plenty of mouse reviews here at ExtremeTech.  And why not?  High-end products like Logitech's G7 Laser Cordless and Creative's Fatal1ty line cater to the kind of performance enthusiast gamers and do-it-yourselfers want.
Discussion: Engadget
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Richard Ozerman / CrunchGear:
Fanatec Heäd$h0t is the Most Feature Heavy Mouse and Mousepad Ever
Discussion: Gizmodo, Aeropause and Ubergizmo
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Mod chip seller hit with million-dollar damages  —  Mod chip seller Divineo and two other defendants are on the hook for over $9 million in damages after a federal court judge found that they had violated the DMCA by selling mod chips for consoles.  The defendants were accused by Sony …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
SearchViews:
Quick Hits about Business, Politics and the Google Truth In Between  —  Which One of These is Not Like The Other  —  The Hub, Wal-Mart's attempt at social networking, is dead after just three months online.  The Hub encouraged teens to create pages and "Wal-Mart Wish Lists" in the hope of winning "some fab prizes".
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog  —  Hooray — here's the very first edition of our Technorati Daily Vlog (well, actually, we'll post every weekday!)  The Daily Vlog is really our view of what's hot on the World LIVE Web each day, bringing you not only the headlines but a little of the context behind the headlines.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Technorati Launches a Not-So-Hot Video Blog
Doc Searls Weblog:
Here's a remarkable and comprehensive report (by Krestia DeGeorge in City) on the current fracas going on at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  Key point: … (Or hell, into Google, or Technorati.) … As Tim Rutten reports (and I pointed to yesterday), the LA Times has a monetary value …
Discussion: New Media Musings
Paperghost / Vitalsecurity.org:
Microsoft give MVP Award to Adware Pusher  —  If you'd created a program that installed Adware, would you be surprised if you were then awarded an MVP Award from Microsoft?  —  Well, step right up Patchou AKA Cyril Paciullo, creator of Messenger Plus!  I first heard about this while stopping …
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: The Targus iPod Lock, or, a modicum of security  —  Noted security expert Marc Weber Tobias contributes a new column, The Lockdown, exposing the shoddy security you may depend on.  —  Targus is offering what they call a "mobile security lock" that they claim is a perfect …
Gizmodo:
Phantom Lapboard Gets a Price And a Date: $129 in November  —  The Phantom Lapboard, the keyboard and mouse combination left over from the doomed Phantom console, finally has a price and a ship date.  It's going to be $129.95 in November, but if you order now you can get $30 off.
Discussion: I4U News and The Tech Report
John Gaudiosi / Wired News:
In-Game Ads Burrow Deeper  —  Undaunted by the fact that most 18- to 34-year-old male consumers TiVo through commercials and click off intrusive online ads, corporations are plowing ahead with novel interactive strategies to bring their advertising messages to gamers.
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Hava Wireless: a better Slingbox alternative for Windows Media Center owners?  —  Remember Hava?  When we previewed it back at January's Consumer Electronic Show, the folks at Monsoon Multimedia were touting it as a better Slingbox than Slingbox.  But once the show ended, we promptly forgot about the Hava box.
Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Singing the Praises of the Non-Nano  —  THE CHALLENGERS: Samsung Yepp YP-T9J, left, 2GB: $150, 4G: $200; iRiver Clix,top center, 2GB: $170; 4GB: to be announced; SanDisk Sansa e200, bottom center, 2GB: $140; 4GB: $180; 6GB: $220; 8GB: $250; Creative Zen V Plus, right, 1GB: $100; 2GB: $140; 4GB: $180; 8GB: $250
Discussion: Gizmodo
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges  —  Charges still pending against four other companies accused of pretexting  —  An Internet business that sold people's telephone and credit-card records has agreed to settle charges that it violated U.S. law, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Thursday.
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Braun busts out six new boringcams  —  You'd think a company that's been around since 1915 could've come up with something a bit more exciting, but it looks like this is all Braun Phototechnik has to show for 91 years on the market.  Their new lineup uniformly fails to perform …
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations  —  Briefing.com reports (subscription only) that, according to UBS, 2 million Wii consoles were completed in Q3 (July-September) to support Nintendo's upcoming Q406 global console launch, beginning November 19th in North America.
 
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Gizmodo:
Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31
Discussion: paidContent.org and PVR Wire
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Rhapsody hits the big 4.0
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet
Discussion: Beet.TV and A VC
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
October 2006 Advance Notification
Discussion: Threat Chaos and M-Dollar
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
A missing IE7 feature
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
PollDaddy Launches  —  Polldaddy, the online poll tool I've …
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond
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Exclusive look at Windows Vista's viral marketing: Clearification.com