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6:55 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Some thoughts on Youtube and Google  —  Would Google be crazy to buy Youtube.  No doubt about it.  Moronic would be an understatement of a lifetime.  —  Would Google be stupid to do a deal with Youtube.  Not at all.  Would Youtube be smart to do a deal with Google.  Thats a different answer.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Buy a lawsuit or just the ad traffic?  —  Mark Cuban has "Some Thoughts on YouTube and Google".  Mark is right on target saying Google would be crazy (moronic) to buy YouTube, but brilliant to do an exclusive advertising deal.  —  Google makes money selling advertisements on web traffic, not just search results pages.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Is Mark Cuban a Weird Sister?  —  For reasons only he knows, Mark Cuban is obsessed with dumping on the idea that YouTube might be worth billions of dollars.  He publicly labeled any serious prospective buyer of the site a "moron," but then along came word that Google, founded by two certified geniuses …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Strange Things Afoot at the Google Blog  —  A bunch of people noticed a very odd post on the google blog tonight that suggested they were cancelling their click-to-call service (see below, captured by John Resig).  Just a month ago Google expanded the click-to-call program into the UK.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Click2Call Alive, Hoax & Hack  —  The Google Click-to-Call is not cancelled, a Google spokesperson just let us know. … We had reported on a strange development on Google's official blog which indicated that Google's click-to-call project was cancelled.  Many readers including Aswath had pointed out that it was a hoax.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Google Blogoscoped:
Official Google Block Hacked
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Adds Single Sign On Across Online Suite  —  We've been tracking the progress of Zoho's online office suite for since its launch last year.  —  The Zoho development team regularly releases new feature and tweaks (one or two per month on average) instead of the occasional monster update.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zoli's Blog
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Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Single Sign-on is On!
Discussion: Office Evolution
Doc Searls Weblog:
How VRM helps CRM  —  Responding to what Dave says here (which enlarges on what I said here) Kim Cameron replies, This is exciting stuff - I¹m talking Identity Big Bang content.  He adds, … Yes, except I also think it's important not to understand VRM (Vendor Relationship Management …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii retail details: markup and endcaps  —  Looks like peoples in the retail industry are getting pretty stoked about the Wiis about to make it into their respective stores.  We got our hands on the CompUSA hardware / software markup sheet for Nintendo's new console, as well as some spy pics …
Pete Wright / Strange new worlds …:
Jason Calacanis and PayPerPost  —  So, the mighty Jason Calacanis decided to comment on my blog.  Rather than reply with a comment and risk it getting buried, let's address his points publicly here.  —  I have no ads on my site and nothing to gain by going after PayPerPost.
Ryan / For once and for all!:
The iPOD is ALREADY dead, in case you haven't noticed the Zune is CHEAPER, has WAY MORE FEATURES, and has WIRELESS.  —  Who cares about the iSHEEPLE anyway  —  I'm guessing the second commenter is on Microsoft's payroll.  Most people haven't even heard of Zune, it's actually *not* cheaper …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllofMP3 Outsources Marketing to U.S. Government  —  AllofMP3 is a Russian web service that sells digital music at very low prices without any copy protection.  The service, which would clearly be illegal in the U.S. and many other countries, continues to operate apparently legally under Russian law.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
RIM & T-Mobile-Why Does It Have To Be So Hard  —  When a client calls me and asks to change words in a press release, adjust the time of a briefing or do something that is in their best interest we do everything to make them happy, unless it is something requiring divine intervention (or if the other party just can't change).
GrokLaw:
IBM's Memo in Support of its Motion for SJ on SCO's Interference Claims  —  Would you like to hear the rest of the BayStar story?  Then pull up a chair, my friends.  —  On page 21 in IBM's Amended Redacted Memorandum in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Interference Claims …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Hack your Mac Pro SuperDrive for fun and profit  —  It's not uncommon for computer manufacturers to swap and switch out various components for similar or near-identical parts during a production run, and Apple has been known to partake in this practice in the past.
Discussion: digg
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Leo Laporte wants to rebrand podcasts as 'netcasts' - I agree  —  If you're a TWiT fan (or a listener of almost any of Leo's other 200 podcasts), you might have heard in the past couple of weeks that he's pushing to change the term 'podcast' to 'netcast.' He's even gone so far as to start using …
Discussion: robhyndman.com and digg
Steve Yegge / Stevey's Blog Rants:
Egomania Itself  —  Q. Is it your testimony that it's perfectly okay for GNC to put products on its shelves, to sell pills to people if those pills have no benefit?  —  A. We make the assumption that they make the decision based on some perceived benefit.  — GNC board chairman Jerry D. Horn, in sworn deposition
 
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Windows Vista RC2 doesn't work on Macs via Boot Camp?
 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
George Lucas Announces The Death Of The $200 Million Feature Film
Discussion: digg
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
T-Mobile to Launch Mixed-Signal Phone
Discussion: IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Knocking the exuberance out of employees