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5:00 PM ET, October 16, 2006

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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
YouTube vs. MySpace?  —  With millions of dollars in online ad revenue on the line, the two Net superstars could be headed for more conflict  —  Just a few months ago, News Corp. (NWS) landed a crucial deal with Internet leader Google (GOOG).  News Corp. designated Google as the search engine for MySpace …
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Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
MySpace Makes Subtle Shifts to Emphasize Video  —  We wrote earlier about News Corp's unease with the Google-YouTube acquisition.  For the last few weeks News Corp has been engaging in a one-sided PR war with YouTube - from News Corp. COO Peter Chernin's recent comments that 60-70% …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
MySpace.com Adds Video Space
Discussion: Mashable!
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
The Reporter Is Real, but the World He Covers Isn't  —  In preparing to open a Reuters bureau on a bustling island, Adam Pasick has been introducing himself to residents and interviewing entrepreneurs.  After finishing such interviews, Mr. Pasick often levitates for a moment, then flies over buildings.
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Adam / Reuters/Second Life:
US Congress launches probe into virtual economies  —  Booming virtual economies in online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft have drawn the attention of a U.S. congressional committee, which is investigating how virtual assets and incomes should be taxed.
John Koetsier / Sparkplug 9 >> bizhack:
edelman, wal-mart, steve rubel: head, meet sand 15oct06  —  It's been almost a week.  The blogosphere is talking about Edelman, Wal-Mart, and the fake blog.  I added my three cents a few days ago.  —  In short, we've been waiting, listening, and watching for the explanation.  Or the mea culpa.
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Real Conversation  —  We all keep talking about the idea of conversations — the "market as a conversation" (as opposed to the companies shouting at us to buy their stuff) and, nowadays, as the blogosphere as the manifestation of this.  The problem is: A conversation between whom and whom?
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
55 Million Blogs, and Now a Service to Track Them  —  LONDON — Corporations are growing increasingly conscious of the power, and potential pitfalls, of blogging.  A favorable review from an influential blogger can help generate the kind of buzz around a new product that traditional advertising struggles to achieve.
Daily Mail:
One giant step for home entertainment?  —  Is this the way we will all be 'enjoying' our television programmes and computer games in the future?  —  In this astonishing photo, a model is wearing a new gadget, from electronics manufacturer Toshiba, that enables the wearer to experience …
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Smart-card DVDs  —  Smart-card discs  —  CDs and DVDs have been around for a while.  Nevertheless, American-Israeli company Aladdin think it can breathe new life into these formats by creating a disc that combines optical storage capacity with an embedded electronic smart card chip.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's No. 2 Has Low Profile, High Impact  —  When Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs lured little-known Timothy D. Cook to the company in early 1998, Mr. Cook was charged with straightening out the messy operations of a fallen Silicon Valley icon.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Gains Pay For YouTube  —  Did the YouTube deal pay for itself?  At least for one week it did.  On Friday, October 6, 2006, Google shares closed at $420.50 a share.  With roughly 304.36 million shares outstanding, that meant the company had a market capitalization of $127.983 billion.
Reuters:
Stern freebie kicks off new online radio service  —  Ten months after leaving the commercial airwaves for subscription-based Sirius Satellite Radio, shock jock Howard Stern is out to attract a broad new online audience with his first-ever free Internet broadcast.
Discussion: Hear 2.0, Business Filter and Slashdot
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Exclusive!  Elite Beat Agents Track List  —  Would you believe... Chicago?  The Village People?  —  Cher?  —  It's all true.  As Game|  Life can exclusively reveal this morning, Elite Beat Agents — the feverishly anticipated musical video game for Nintendo DS — will pack nineteen …
Discussion: 4 color rebellion
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
I'll Trade You My 'Titanic' for Your 'Spider-Man'  —  One of the world's oldest forms of commerce has finally gotten a foothold in the newest commercial medium.  —  Online bartering, an idea with many proponents but few successes, is emerging as an e-commerce model, bolstered by a spate …
Discussion: TechEffect and Valleywag
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
What MTV says about Google-YouTube marriage  —  news analysis A recent Google collaboration with MTV Networks may have offered a window into what the combination of Google's online advertising network and YouTube's content will look like.  —  Google began distributing clips from MTV Networks …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
McDonald's MP3 players ship with trojan horse  —  What do tubby teens, MP3 players, and grandma's scalded taint all have in common?  That's right, the absolute attention of McDonald's legal.  See, McDonald's and Coca-Cola recently teamed up in Japan to give away 10,000 self-branded MP3 players pre-loaded …
Discussion: CrunchGear and CNNMoney.com
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Latest McDonald's Giveaway Prize: Spyware
Discussion: digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Movie Downloads: iTunes v. The Rest  —  We started testing the various movie download services earlier this summer when rumors of Apple's new movie download store first heated up.  We're now regular customers of three of the services.  Michael Arrington is an iTunes junkie because he likes having movies …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Verizon to get its own MOTORAZR MAXX
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is this an iPod Shuffle or an IP-PBX?
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20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results
Kevin Sullivan / Washington Post:
For India's Traditional Fishermen, Cellphones Deliver a Sea Change
Discussion: Techdirt
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
Mashups for Terrorists  —  "Web site that tracks 911 calls …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Movable Type Enterprise 1.5 Launched
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Nintendo's Wiimote, like for your TV and stuff
Discussion: CrunchGear
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Meets With FCC, Talks CableCARD
Marjolein Hoekstra / CleverClogs:
OPML Auto-discovery Bookmarklet
Discussion: EirePreneur
Kotaku:
First North American PlayStation 3 Commercial: "The Wait"
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Destructoid
Bjorn Carey / Popular Science:
A Floating Chernobyl?
Shelly Freierman / New York Times:
The Youngsters Aren't Listening as Much  —  Radio listening …
Discussion: Techdirt and Lost Remote
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Interview with Chris Pirillo
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
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