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8:25 AM ET, October 31, 2006

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Nick / Rough Type:
Shaft the piano player  —  Mark Cuban, on his blog, quotes at length an "anonymous source" who claims to have the inside dope on the Google-YouTube deal and in particular its legal angles.  It's a fascinating read, though given that it's completely uncorroborated one has no choice but to assume it's a fantasy.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing New Packaging for Windows Vista and 2007 Office System  —  With Windows Vista and 2007 Office system, we didn't just redesign the software packages themselves, but are also introducing new packaging for the two products.  The packaging has been completely revised and, we hope …
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James / Views on Vista:
Windows Vista Sounds
Discussion: Neowin.net
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP  —  Enhanced capabilities plus seamless integration with URGE make for all-new digital entertainment experiences.  —  Microsoft Corp. today released to the public Microsoft® Windows Media® Player 11 for Windows® XP …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Xbox 360 fall update details revealed: 1080p, auto-download, WMV playback and more
Discussion: PVR Wire and Zatz Not Funny
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google shares ad wealth with videographers  —  Google has begun sharing advertising revenue with the makers of a popular video clip in a groundbreaking deal that could drive up the costs of competing in the fledgling video-sharing sector.  —  The search company has agreed to turn …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Video Goes High Brow with Revenue Split
Business Wire:
WPP, CBS Corporation and Interpublic Group Make Investments in Spot Runner to Leverage Its Innovative Automated Advertising Platform  —  Leaders of the Advertising and Media Industries Embrace Spot Runner's Ability to Target Ads at the Local Level and Develop More Efficient Processes to Create, Plan and Buy Advertising
Discussion: Screenwerk, GigaOM and Lost Remote
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ads, ads everywhere: SpotRunner, Rhythm get big $ infusions
Bob Crabtree / hexus.net:
Nose well out of joint  —  One of the things that honest reviewers hate the most, writes Bob Crabtree, is the email - or phone call - that thanks them for a "great" review.  An assessment that a review is fair or accurate makes no one squirm.  But calling it "great" makes us worry that we missed …
Discussion: Engadget, Blogging Stocks and Slashdot
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Circulation Plunges at Major Newspapers  —  Circulation at the nation's largest newspapers plunged over the last six months, according to figures released today.  The decline, one of the steepest on record, adds to the woes of a mature industry beset by layoffs and the possible sale of some of its flagships.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mark Evans
Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces New Accounting Software and Services for Small and Home-Based Businesses  —  New online services with Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® Office Accounting Express 2007, financial management software designed …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft introduces a new freebie
corp.brightcove.com:
Brightcove Launches Free Service That Lets Anyone Create And Distribute Commercial Internet TV Channels  —  The Brightcove Network Opens Commercial Internet TV to any Video Owner; Introduces Video Download Sales and a Broadband Video Advertising Network for Monetization; And Adds New Distribution through AOL Video and Brightcove.com.
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Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Sony Misses PS3 Shipping Targets  —  Japan gets even fewer units.  —  What's worse than 100,000 units at launch?  How about 80,000?  The Nikkei Keizai Shimbun morning edition reports today that due to component shortages, Sony will have only 80,000 units ready for the PS3's 11/11 Japanese launch.
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. Picks Its Web Winners — And Its Flagship Isn't One  —  For a dozen years, Time Inc. veered from one Internet initiative to another in a quest to figure out how to make money on the Web.  Almost nothing worked.  —  On Thursday, Time Inc. Chief Executive Ann Moore went before the board …
Eric Taub / New York Times:
Nintendo at AARP Event to Court the Grayer Gamer  —  Nintendo has positioned Wii, its new video game console to be released on Nov. 19, as a system that will appeal not just to hard-core gamers, but also to older adults who may be more comfortable with Pong than Grand Theft Auto.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dave Winer was right about river reading  —  I have been keeping up with my Feed Reading lately and posting the best stuff to my link blog.  I'll be honest, I wasn't reading as many feeds lately because it just wasn't fun.  —  It's interesting.  For the past few years I've used NewsGator inside of Outlook.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
BBC Plan for Web Ads Draws Fire  —  Critics in England have attacked plans by the BBC to sell advertising on its Web site.  Now some of those critics inside the BBC are redoubling their efforts.  —  Employees from the Web site have circulated a 10-page document condemning the proposal …
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Peter Sayer / Macworld:
French publishers join Google booksearch lawsuit  —  An association representing 400 French book publishers has joined La Martinière Groupe in its lawsuit to stop Google from digitizing books for its Google Book Search service.  —  La Martinière filed suit against Google …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
Point: How is TiVo Doing After Launching Series 3?  —  As much as we like TiVo and its new player, the company needs to face reality: Production shortages and an extraordinarily high price have plagued the Series 3's release.  How are they selling?  No sales figures are available for public consumption …
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail for Your Domain With 15 GB?
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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
SlingPlayer for OS X beta goes public
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Old Window Injection Flaw Reappears in IE 7
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Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Exclusive: MacHeist details
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
En Garde! Fight Foes Using a Controller Like a Sword
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Research: Sperm quality inversely proportional to cell phone usage
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Bunchball Raises $2 Million for MySpace Games
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
TalkPlus Voice 2.0 app launches
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Thinnest E-TEN Pocket PC Phone Coming Soon - X500
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GIVEAWAY: Anyone want a Tablet PC HP 1100?