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10:45 PM ET, October 11, 2006


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Business Week:
The Web According to Ballmer  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer chats with BusinessWeek editors about Web 2.0's sky-high valuations and the new competition the company faces  —  Even the people running the richest tech companies are awestruck by Web 2.0 valuations.
Wall Street Journal:
Does YouTube Make Google a Big Target For Copyright Suits?  —  Google Inc.'s $1.65 billion purchase of video-sharing site YouTube catapults the search giant into the lead spot in the fast-growing online video market.  It also creates a big, deep-pocketed target for aggrieved copyright owners.
QUALCOMM Launches Project in Collaboration with Mozilla Foundation to Develop Open Source Version of Eudora Email Program  —  Open Source Version of Eudora will be Free of Charge; Final Commercial Versions of Classic Eudora for Windows and Mac Available Now  —  QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq …
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
- NOA: Wii Demo Units Not Just at GameStop - Sony Happy With PS3 Pre-Order Results - Reserving a PS3 in Japan is Super Easy - First Wii Japanese TV Spot - UPDATE: Lumines Live is Free?  —  NEXT POST »  —  Twilight Princess GC Online Only in Japan  —  Nintendo's really pushing that Wii version, aren't they?
Shawn White / The Wiire:
GameStop Wii Pre-orders Begin Oct. 13  —  Retailer GameStop confirmed to The Wiire today that Wii pre-orders for North America will begin Friday, October 13.  —  While Wii games have been available for pre-order for a few weeks now, Friday will mark the first time GameStop has opened up pre-orders on the hardware.
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku, Go Nintendo, Joystiq and digg
Google Blogoscoped:
Good Blog Writing Style  —  Danny Sullivan begs "Google Blog: Please Get Descriptive With Your Headlines!" and I agree.  Here are some rules for good writing style when you're blogging:  — Use descriptive headlines that reveal the point of the article without further reading …
Discussion: Copyblogger and InsideGoogle
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Blog: Please Get Descriptive With Your Headlines!
Discussion: E-consultancy
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Closure of RC2, Feedback Handling in the New York Times, and Licensing Information for Windows  —  As you've probably already surmised, downloads of Windows Vista RC2 for the Customer Preview Program (CPP) have now closed and the links are no longer active.  We were bowled over by your response …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Vista Mythbusters #7: How much DRM is too much?
Discussion: Slashdot
Vincent Maher / E-Media Tidbits:
We're Facing a Monster: Will Someone Please Step Up and Say It?  —  In the midst of the dot-com-bubble-style euphoria triggered by Google buying YouTube (a $1.65 billion stock transaction), I see very little criticism leveled at Google over this deal.  But not everyone is happy.
Benjamin Edelman /
False and Deceptive Pay-Per-Click Ads … Read Google's voluminous Adwords Content Policy, and you'd think Google is awfully tough on bad ads.  If your company sells illegal drugs, makes fake documents, or helps customers cheat drug tests, you can't advertise at Google.
Federal Trade Commission:
Should Municipalities Provide Wireless Internet Service?  FTC Staff Report Provides Guidance to Promote Competition  —  Improving consumer access to broadband Internet service is an important goal for federal, state, and local governments.  The possibility of competitive risks arising …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Coghead Goes Live: Build Applications Visually  —  The online application building space is one that is getting more interesting by the week.  We have previously reviewed a number of apps in this space (sometimes referred to as the 'online access' space, a reference to Microsoft Access) including Dabble DB, Zoho Creator and WyaWorks.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Teqlo: What It Means for Customers  —  A little over a month ago I left SAP for a startup and at the time I declined to name the company I was joining.  I would like to say that this was part of some brilliant marketing plan but the fact is that I joined a very early stage company …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Warning over 'broken up' internet  —  The internet could one day be broken up into separate networks around the world, a leading light in the development of the net has warned.  —  Nitin Desai, chair of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up by the UN, warned that concerns over the net's future could lead to separation.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Gootube - The End of DRM ?  —  Power to the People !  The union of Google and Youtube has been described as a triumph of the consumer's interests over corporate control.  The big media entities, as evidenced by all the deals cut with Google and Youtube, CBS, WMG, Universal, et al, really gets it this time.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram, TechBlog and Valleywag
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
YouTubers Ponder Google  —  On YouTube, where members are encouraged to express themselves through amateur video, it took only a few hours before they started chiming in on Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of the popular online video site.  —  Dozens of YouTubers turned their cameras …
Geek 24:
Spotted - The Geekiest License Plates  —  "Alert!  Geek spotted driving a Toyota Camry".  "No, I didn't have a geek scanner, he just had a license plate with 'MS-DOS' on his car", that's what James told us, when he sent us the link with a geeky license plate.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and digg
Light Reading:
Google: Dark Fiber Story Not So Dark  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) head of special initiatives Chris Sacca went into spin cycle last week while explaining his company's dark fiber investments to Light Reading.  (See Google's Own Private Internet.)  —  "I've bought a lot of fiber for Google," Sacca says.
Discussion: GigaOM and
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Office 2.0: Where are we at and please get off my network
Discussion: and GigaOM
Acquisition to Extend Flash Experience to Broad Market of Mobile Devices
Chris Tew / PVR Wire:
Microsoft's answer to the YouTube-Google Deal
Nokia marks WiMAX milestone with Nokia Flexi WiMAX Base Station
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Stan Gibson /
Ballmer: Windows Live Is Top Microsoft Priority
Leslie Kwoh / The Standard:
Spam bill bites into business
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Lucas van Grinsven / Reuters:
Firms to boost Internet speeds without fiber-optics
Discussion: Engadget and digg
Loyd Case / ExtremeTech:
AMD Unveils Barcelona Quad-Core Details
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Steve Wiseman /
Disable automatic install of IE 7
Ryan Block / Engadget:
T-Mobile Dash review
Jemima Kiss /
@ Mipcom: Interview With The Pirate King - Ashwin Navin Of BitTorrent
Discussion: Torrentfreak and OpenBusiness
John Markoff / New York Times:
U.S. Group Reaches Deal to Provide Laptops to All Libyan Schoolchildren
Paul R. La Monica /
After YouTube: The beginning of the end?