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6:45 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% …
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.
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 …
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.
Edelman / Richard Edelman:
A Commitment  —  For the past several days, I have been listening to the blogging community discuss the cross-country tour that Edelman designed for Working Families for Wal-Mart.  —  I want to acknowledge our error in failing to be transparent about the identity of the two bloggers from the outset.
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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 and Joystiq
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.
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.
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.
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
Kevin Poulsen / Wired News:
MySpace Predator Caught by Code  —  Yaphank, NY — The computer crimes unit of New York's Suffolk County Police Department sits in a gloomy government office canopied by water-stained ceiling tiles and stuffed with battered Dell desktops.  A mix of file folders, notes, mug shots and printouts form …
Discussion: Defense Tech
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: Valleywag and TechEffect
 
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Tom Friend / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: the NBA is formalizing deals with Disney, NBC, and Amazon, which may prompt WBD to sue; ESPN may pay $2.8B annually, NBC $2.6B, and Amazon $1.8B to $2B

Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
[Thread] In a meeting, Washington Post CEO Will Lewis told staff that the paper lost $77M over the past year, and saw a 50% drop off in audience since 2020

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