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2:30 PM ET, October 27, 2006

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Tim Wu / Slate:
Does YouTube Really Have Legal Problems?  —  HOW THE BELL LOBBY HELPED MIDWIFE YOUTUBE.  —  When Google bought YouTube, the conventional wisdom—expressed in op-eds, newspaper articles, and scary editorial cartoons—was that they'd also bought themselves a whole heap of copyright trouble.
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Richard Koman / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Google's nonexistent YouTube problem  —  Law professor Tim Wu explains on Slate why all that copyright material on YouTube is really no problem at all for Google, deep pockets or no. It's simply not a problem because of the "safe harbor" provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act …
Steve Maich / macleans.ca:
Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks  —  They're all still down there, out of sight and all but out of mind — hundreds of millions of miles of hair-thin strands of glass, strung beneath the streets of every city, under farm fields, suburbs, deserts, and strewn across the ocean floor.
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Mark Evans:
Does the Internet Suck? Evans vs. Maich
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Techdirt
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Founder Acquires Flurl.com  —  It's being announced today that MySpace founder Brad Greenspan has acquired the majority stake in Flurl.com, a Belgium-based video sharing site and search engine.  The acquisition was made by Greenspan's Los Angeles investment firm, LiveUniverse …
Discussion: Monkey Bites and alarm:clock euro
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Kelvin / Mashable!:
Top 10 Video Sharing Sites on MySpace
Discussion: digg
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace, ByeSpace?  —  Some Users Renounce Social Sites as Too Big  —  Social-networking Web sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com have helped link millions of friends.  But now they have a new enemy: 20-year-old Jenny Thompson.  —  After Ms. Thompson created a MySpace page two years ago …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  Microsoft delivers double digit revenue growth  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced first quarter revenue of $10.81 billion for the period ended September 30, 2006, an 11% increase over the same quarter of the prior year.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
Surveillance system spots violent behaviour  —  Smart surveillance systems capable of automatically detecting violent crimes could soon be available.  —  A computer vision system developed in the University of Texas in Austin, US, can already tell the difference between friendly behaviour …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Update on TechCrunch NY Event: Wait List Opened  —  The 450 slots we opened up for the TechCrunch New York party on November 16, 2006 were sold out in about four hours.  We know a certain number of people won't show up, so we are now opening up a wait list for additional guests.
Discussion: duncanriley.com and gregword
Fred / A VC:
Flaky?  —  From Michael Arrington's post on Digg acquisition rumors: … Michael is one of the best bloggers ever and I read Techcrunch every day.  But I think he got this one wrong.  Comscore is not "flaky".  They are a third party measurement service.  They don't always get everything right.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Trumba: Interconnnecting Online Events and Calendars  —  Last week I spoke to Jeremy Jaech, CEO and president of Trumba, whose team is building an innovative online event calendaring system aimed at enterprises.  Jeremy Jaech was also the founder of both Visio and PageMaker …
Discussion: Message
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
San Francisco Wi-Fi router giveaway  —  If you're a San Francisco resident, you're probably still wondering when your city-wide Wi-Fi courtesy of Google and EarthLink becomes a reality.  The short answer: stay tuned; community meetings and negotiations are still ongoing.
PC Pro:
PC maker fumes at Vista price hike  —  Leading PC manufacturer Acer has accused Microsoft of ratcheting up the cost of Windows by effectively forcing consumers to opt for the Premium version of Vista.  —  Acer claims that the Vista Home Basic - the new entry-level Windows - is so poorly featured that consumers will simply reject it.
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Long List of Link Searches  —  This is competitive intelligence - the kind that SEO firms shouldn't be sharing because it reveals a considerable portion of the value they (we) provides to clients.  Thus, it's the perfect topic for an SEOmoz post.  —  The best way to do this is by example.
BBC:
'Tower of Babel' translator made  —  A "Tower of Babel" device that gives the illusion of being bilingual is being developed by US scientists.  —  Users simply have to silently mouth a word in their own language for it to be translated and read out in another.
 
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Joe / Techdirt:
Internet Won't Save The Newspaper Business Anytime Soon
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Jeff Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Amazon S3 For The Win
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Social Media the New Hollywood or the new Pittsburgh?
Discussion: Biz Stone, Genius
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Jawed Karim: How YouTube Took Off
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Ray Ozzie's view of the Web Office
Discussion: Rough Type
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Gets New Logo, Facelift and Trackbacks - Growing Fast!
Discussion: WebProNews and comScore
Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Site Admin Sent to Prison
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Jason Calacanis just announced something
AppleInsider:
Apple says firmware update solves MacBook shutdowns
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Index
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Windows Vista Blog Gets A Huge Makeover
Simon Pope / Apple:
BMG Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store
David Galbraith:
The Obvious Corp - Evan and Biz take back Odeo
Henry Jenkins / Confessions of an Aca/Fan:
Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture (Part Five)
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Generate High Quantities of Content for Your Blog
Discussion: digg