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1:50 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 $1.6 billion.  A quick phone call to a VC confirmed that the rumor is circulating (he also confirmed the price) …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
WSJ reports Google and YouTube are in acquisition talks
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google-YouTube marriage?  —  The WSJ reports (sub required) …
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Puts Lid on New Products  —  Realizing that its myriad services are confusing users, it will focus on refining what it has.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In another sign of Google Inc.'s growth from start-up to corporate behemoth, the company's top executives said Thursday …
b5media:
Welcome to Mark Evans, VP, Operations  —  b5media is very, very proud to welcome Mark Evans, formerly the Senior Technology Writer at the National Post (one of Canada's largest national daily newspapers).  Mark will be joining us as VP, Operations.  Mark is our first external hire since our funding announcement.
ExtremeTech:
Fanatec Heäd$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
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Was MySpace Sold on the Cheap?  —  One of the site's co-founders offers new evidence that parent Intermix Media knew the $580 million it accepted from News Corp. was too low  —  When News Corp. (NWS) Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch paid $580 million for Intermix Media, parent of social network MySpace.com, talk was he overpaid.
Discussion: Download Squad
Bloomberg:
Google to Subpoena Yahoo, Microsoft on Book Scanning (Update1)  —  Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. will subpoena information from Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. to help fight copyright lawsuits over its book-scanning project.  —  Google, the world's most-used search engine …
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".
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Youths no longer predominant at MySpace  —  NEW YORK - It's not all youths on MySpace.  —  Half of the site's users are 35 or older, according to comScore Media Metrix's analysis of its U.S. Internet traffic measurements.  Only 30 percent are under 25 despite a common belief that the site …
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 …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
CNN Turns to Event Marketing to Strut Its Brand  —  CNN is seeking to bring its brand to life beyond the TV, PC and cellphone screens by forming a division devoted to event marketing.  —  The new CNN Events division, under the auspices of the advertising sales department, will put on panels …
Discussion: AdJab and digg
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
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Loves Open Source WiFi
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Social Local Search Sites Up 44% in Past Year
Discussion: Screenwerk
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Mitsubishi CM-7200 screen to replace rear-views in trucks
Discussion: I4U News and Trends
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Braun busts out six new boringcams
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Philips Simplicity Event 2006 shows off conceptual shiny toys
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
More cool workspaces...  My humble little vintage trailer office …
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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
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges
Discussion: Techdirt
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond
istartedsomething.com:
Exclusive look at Windows Vista's viral marketing: Clearification.com