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2:05 PM ET, October 6, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor  —  Update: The Wall Street Journal is now reporting this as well, saying "Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
WSJ reports Google and YouTube are in acquisition talks
Discussion: Coolfer
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube, Google ... fuggedaboutit
Discussion: BuzzMachine and Blogging Stocks
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google-YouTube marriage?  —  The WSJ reports (sub required) …
Discussion: Valleywag
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: CrunchGear
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony busts down mod-chip retailer with $9 mil. lawsuit
Discussion: TechSpot
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
Google Puts Lid on New Products  —  Realizing that its myriad services are confusing users, it will focus on refining what it has.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In another sign of Google Inc.'s growth from start-up to corporate behemoth, the company's top executives said Thursday …
ExtremeTech:
Fanatec Heäd$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, Ubergizmo and Aeropause
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".
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
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 …
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:
Comcast Video + Music Download Store Launching Before October 31  —  We've heard a little bit more about the upcoming Comcast video store hitting PCs and set-top-boxes before October '06.  —  On the PC side, the files are going to be encoded in mp4/m4p and Flash format …
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.
 
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Loves Open Source WiFi
Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
Discussion: I4U News and TechSpot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Akimbo's new RCA box with Movielink available as "free" upgrade
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Braun busts out six new boringcams
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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 …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Lifehacker
Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Singing the Praises of the Non-Nano
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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, A VC and Gawker
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Wii production exceeding expectations
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Seller of telephone records settles FTC charges
Discussion: Techdirt
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's PSP-compatible SRS-U10 universal speaker
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and PSP Fanboy
Liz Dunn / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Daily Vlog
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond
istartedsomething.com:
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