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2:05 PM ET, October 10, 2006

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Dot-Com Boom Echoed in Deal to Buy YouTube  —  A profitless Web site started by three 20-somethings after a late-night dinner party is sold for more than a billion dollars, instantly turning dozens of its employees into paper millionaires.  It sounds like a tale from the late 1990's dot-com bubble, but it happened yesterday.
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MSNBC:
Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion  —  Search giant's purchase of video sharing service biggest in its history  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Internet search leader Google is snapping up YouTube for $1.65 billion, brushing aside copyright concerns to seize a starring role in the online video revolution.
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Analysis of the YouTube Acquisition by Google  —  Last year it was eBay and Skype.  This year's big takeover that everyone is talking about is YouTube and Google.  Expect to see a lot of discussion and predictions about what this $1.6 billion acquisition really means.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Recapping Coverage Of Google's Acquisition Of YouTube  —  I don't have a ton to say about the Google acquisition of YouTube.  That's because to me, it's more an eyeball landgrab than a search development.  There's no doubt people search for video on YouTube, and getting the leading property will help Google.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Ben Charny / MarketWatch:
Google to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Google Buys YouTube — Mobile Implications?
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Video site buying spree in the offing?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:   Perspective: OK, so Eric Schmidt is a moron
Jennifer Hakes / Google:
Google Signs Agreement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT to Give Users Access to Expansive Catalog of Music Videos  —  Ad-supported video models give users unparalleled access to SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT's content online and creates new monetization opportunities
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Jennifer Hakes / Google:
Google and Warner Music Group Announce Agreement to Offer Google Video Users WMG's Music Video Content  —  Ad-supported video model provides Warner Music Group with content monetization opportunities and unmatched distribution in the online world  —  Google developing technology to enable user-generated content
Discussion: Mr Wave Theory
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Ray Noorda, The CEO Who Led Novell To LAN Dominance, Dies At 82  —  Noorda led Novell from 17 employees to 12,000.  But he failed in attempts to provide an alternative to Microsoft Office  —  Ray Noorda, the son of Dutch immigrants who drove Novell Netware to become the dominant local area …
Discussion: Paul Kapustka's Blog
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Stephen Speckman / Deseret News:
Novell co-founder dies
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A look at Firefox 2.0 RC2  —  Changes in RC2  —  The official release of Firefox 2.0 is right around the corner and the second release candidate (RC2) was made available last week.  Release candidates provide insight into the features and functionality that will be available in the final release.
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
James Enck / EuroTelcoblog:
Ten things I hate about you  —  Last Wednesday the organizers of the Telco 2.0 event were kind enough to give me the opening presentation slot on day one, which was intended to set the scene for a lot of what was to follow.  In the run-up to the event, I had thought long and hard about what sort …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and GigaOM
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What if Microsoft bought YouTube?  —  What if the "crazy folk" who bought YouTube were actually at Microsoft?  What would that have caused?  I've been thinking about that while driving Patrick home.  Now Maryam is driving and I get to write you my thoughts from HWY 1 near Pacifica.
Chris Roper / IGN:
Guitar Hero II Final Tracklist Revealed  —  It's official: From Aerosmith to the Rolling Stones to RATM, all 40 licensed tracks unveiled.  —  After a year of wishlists, speculation and even a bit of "slipped" information, RedOctane finally has revealed to us the final licensed tracklist for Guitar Hero II.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
SmallTown.com: Small Town Reviews, in Flash  —  Almost a year after taking $3 million in funding from Menlo Park's Formative Ventures, SmallTown.com is launching its Flash site for small town local reviews tonight.  I personally find this much Flash annoying but the site might catch on with users who like the look and feel.
eMarketer Articles:
User-Generated Revenue?  —  As more eyes turn to user-generated content sites, can ad dollars be far behind?  —  A new report from In-Stat asserts that over the next several years user-generated content (UGC) will boost Website revenue, mainly from advertising.
useit.com:
Participation Inequality: Encouraging More Users to Contribute … All large-scale, multi-user communities and online social networks that rely on users to contribute content or build services share one property: most users don't participate very much.  Often, they simply lurk in the background.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
U.N. Enlists Internet Star for Antipoverty Pitch  —  The Likes of Lonelygirl15  —  Are Sought for Service Ads;  —  Risk of Using Web Producers  —  The United Nations is hoping a lonely girl can help it fight poverty.  —  The U.N. has enlisted the star of hugely popular Web video series LonelyGirl15 …
SeekingAlpha Internet Stocks:
YouTube and Sequoia Go Long Google Stock  —  Henry Blodget submits: Gold stars to YouTube, Google, and their respective investment bankers for how they handled this one... Settle on basic deal terms and a provisional price, leak details so the market has a couple of days to chew on the idea …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Web use overtakes newspapers  —  The time European consumers spend online has, for the first time, overtaken the hours they devote to newspapers and magazines, a study revealed.  —  But the growth of new media is expanding total media consumption rather than simply cannibalising print and television.
 
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