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5:25 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
primezone.com:
MySpace Founder Acquires Majority Stake in Leading Video Search Engine Flurl.com  —  First Major Acquisition for LiveUniverse  —  Fast Growing Flurl.com Breaks Top 125 Alexa Traffic Ranking  —  PRIMEZONE) — Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com …
Discussion: digg
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MySpace Founder Acquires Flurl.com
Discussion: Monkey Bites and alarm:clock euro
Kelvin / Mashable!:
Top 10 Video Sharing Sites on MySpace
Discussion: digg
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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Smaran / Torrentfreak:
Underage Finnish BitTorrent admins fined $60,000 each  —  Four out of eight administrators of the Finnish BitTorrent tracker "Finreactor" have been declared guilty in court and have to pay damages totalling 60,000 dollars each.  —  The lawsuit against Finreactor has just come to a close (Finnish report).
Discussion: Valleywag and Neowin.net
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Ernesto / Torrentfreak:
BitTorrent Site Admin Sent to Prison
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Profit and Revenue Up 11% on Strength of Games and Servers  —  Microsoft reported solid quarterly results yesterday that slightly surpassed Wall Street expectations, with sales growth driven by its Xbox game business and software for server computers.  Both revenue and profit rose 11 percent.
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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 …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Web Site Offers To 'Fix' Elections - For A Price  —  A Web site called fixavote.com, which appears to be satire, claims to "guarantee" e-voting results.  —  That's the mantra of Election Partners, whose slick Fixavote.com Web site offers such services as "real-time voter correction," and "enhanced retrospective tallying."
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
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.
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 …
Jeff Linden / Official Linden Blog:
Amazon S3 For The Win  —  Sometimes the most trivial part of your Second Life experience, when magnified ten thousand times, becomes not such a trivial thing after all.  —  Case in point: The client you download may just seem like a 5-minute nuisance to you.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Journal:
YouTube.com & Video Spam  —  This MediaPost piece discusses a Wendy's "campaign" on YouTube — commercials that "masqueraded" as videos on the site.  There was considerable exposure apparently, with some users responding positively and others critical of the spots.
Discussion: Valleywag, The Blog Herald and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Social Media the New Hollywood or the new Pittsburgh?  —  When Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his new invention, the telephone, for the first time publicly in 1876, he didn't announce the birth of a new age of ubiquitous electronic person-to-person communications.  Nope.
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
MySpace Accounts Compromised by Phishers  —  Netcraft has discovered that the social networking site, MySpace, appears to have been compromised by phishers who have presented a spoof login form on the main site.  This modified login form is designed to submit the victim's username and password to a remote server hosted in France.
Discussion: Mashable! and InfoWorld Tech Watch
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
2004 Video Clip: Early Digg Demo By Kevin Rose
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Steve Bryant / Google Watch:
Google AdSense for Audio Coming
MarketWatch:
EMI Music CEO says the CD is 'dead'
Discussion: Gizmodo, Coolfer and Slashdot
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
San Francisco Wi-Fi router giveaway
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Jawed Karim: How YouTube Took Off
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Ray Ozzie's view of the Web Office
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AppleInsider:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Index
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Trumba: Interconnnecting Online Events and Calendars
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Fred / A VC:
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Simon Pope / Apple:
BMG Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store
BBC:
'Tower of Babel' translator made