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2:10 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
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
$20-billion worth of sour grapes  —  Hey, I love the Interweb as much as anyone, and how it makes it easy for people who feel they've been wronged to take their story to the people, etc. etc., but seriously — why would anyone in their right mind believe Brad Greenspan, who claims …
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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
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC Herald unmasked  —  Try as they might, no HTC phone stays hidden for long, and it looks like the QWERTY-rific HTC Herald is the latest of their smartphones to fall prey to a rather convenient leak.  As previously rumored, the Herald brings all that HTC Hermes spec love, but in a 17mm-thick form factor.
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Anh Huynh / DailyTech:
NVIDIA "G80" Retail Details Unveiled
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Braun busts out six new boringcams
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Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
More cool workspaces...  My humble little vintage trailer office …
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet
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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
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Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
The Firefox development team returns from Redmond
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