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9:00 PM ET, October 10, 2006

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Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
No Bubble 2.0 yet  —  The recent acquisition of YouTube by Google for a stunning $1.65 billion made me wonder whether we were seeing a rise in the price.  While the New York Times sees a return to the crazy valuations of the 90s, a look at the acquisition landscape does not seem to support their conclusions.
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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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Recapping Coverage Of Google's Acquisition Of YouTube
Discussion: Joe Duck and Screenwerk
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Announces Apex, the World's First On-Demand Programming Language and Platform  —  For the first time, third parties will be able to write code that runs automatically on salesforce.com's multi-tenant, shared architecture  —  Apex will dramatically expand the reach, scope …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com's Apex: The morning tally  —  Now that salesforce.com's Apex programming language and platform has come out from behind the curtain, and the critiques are coming in.  Prior to the open keynote at Dreamforce conference Moscone West in San Francisco this morning …
Nick / Rough Type:
Innovation, not infrastructure  —  Salesforce.com's announcement Monday …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Introducing VentureBoard, a marketplace for start-ups  —  VentureBeat is pleased to introduce VentureBoard, a marketplace for the technology start-up community of Silicon Valley and other regions.  —  VentureBoard serves two main purposes, and we think it is particularly relevant for the post YouTube acquisition era.
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Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
An alternative to VC: "Selling In"
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Rafe Needleman / Alpha.CNET.com:
Approver helps you corral document approvals  —  At the Office 2.0 Conference that starts tomorrow, we're going to see several new Web-based business tools, from big and ambitious office suites to smaller, focused problem solvers, such as Approver.  This little service was built to address …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Zoho Virtual Office Launching Tommorow; Racing Google to Market
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Fixes Record 26 Security Holes  —  Microsoft today issued a record-breaking number of security updates, fixing at least 26 separate security holes in its Windows operating system and other products, including 16 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Office components.
Adam Bennett / NEWS.com.au:
Laser TV unveiled  —  IT'S being hailed by its developers as the next revolution in visual technology - a laser television that will make plasma screens obsolete.  —  Soon-to-be-listed Australian company Arasor International and its US partner Novalux unveiled what they claimed to be the world's …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, TechSpot and digg
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Will Voice-Enabled Mobile Search Kill Directory Assistance?  —  Local media research firm The Kelsey Group just forecast "portal-backed wireless voice search [will] reach 1.45 billion queries in 2010" and cause "a significant disruption of the directory assistance market."  On one level, this is self-evident.
Discussion: Screenwerk and SMS Text News
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.
Palm:
Palm, Inc. Announces DigitalLife Press Conference on Oct. 12  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan today invites media to join him for a press conference at DigitalLife on Thursday, Oct. 12, to announce a new Treo(TM) product.
Discussion: Treonauts, Engadget and CrunchGear
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.
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.
Tom Green / Digital Web:
The Rise of Flash Video, Part 1  —  In 2003, I was in Seattle getting ready to do a presentation on Flash Video at Digital Design World when Jim Heid, the Conference Organizer, saw the title slide of the presentation and mentioned that I might be facing a rather tough crowd.
USA Today:
Liberty Media chief: Telecoms could take big hit in cable wars  —  NEW YORK — John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media, says the coming cable-phone wars could turn out to be a bloodbath for AT&T and Verizon.  —  "Cable guys right now have a huge advantage," Malone told USA TODAY.
John P. Falcone / Alpha.CNET.com:
Copy never: DRM 'glitch' keeps TiVo Series3, JVC A/V receivers from playing nice  —  Connecting a TiVo Series3 to a JVC A/V receiver via HDMI seems to awaken an otherwise dormant copy-protection feature in the DVR.  At least, that's what happened during testing in the CNET Labs.
New York Times:
Venture Firm Shares a YouTube Jackpot  —  Even in Silicon Valley, it is rare for so much money to be made so fast — and by so few.  —  The biggest winners in the $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube by Google are YouTube's founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have parlayed their stakes …
Jack Slocum / Jack Slocum's Blog:
WordPress Comments System built with Yahoo! UI  —  For quite some time I have wanted to upgrade my WordPress comments system.  I had some free time yesterday so I decided to go through the WordPress internals and figure out how some of it worked.  Before I knew what had happened, it was 3:00am and I had a working prototype.
Discussion: Blogging Pro, Ajaxian and Basement.org
 
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