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12:25 PM ET, October 31, 2006

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Some intimate details on the Google YouTube Deal  —  I first saw this posted on the Pho List.  A media related list that I have participated in for years with lots of smart people with great insights.  THe posting, as you will read is fascinating and was originally posted anonymously.
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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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Details of the YouTube deal  —  Mark Cuban shares a Pho List post from a media industry insider about details of the YouTube / Google acquisition negotiations.  The author says some of it is based on discussions with insiders and some is based on speculation, but doesn't identify which assertions are pure speculation.
Dan Blank:   Blogs: The Anti-Journalism  —  It is no secret that I am a big fan of blogs and new media.
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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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Windows Vista, Office 2007 Packaging Revealed
Discussion: Office 12 Watch
Griffith / Forever Geek:   Microsoft unveils Windows Vista and Office 2007 packages
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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Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
Windows Media Player 11 (final) is now available
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
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Top 13 Halloween Sites, Searches and Destinations
Discussion: WebProNews
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail for Your Domain With 15 GB?  —  Some users of Google Apps for Your Domain report that their Gmail accounts have 15 GB of storage space.  There are at least two people who noticed it, so it's hard to consider this a mistake.  —  Officially, Gmail accounts included in Google Apps for Your Domain have 2 GB.
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Ronald Lewis / Ron's Notebook:   Trick or Treat? Google Apps Mail Now At 15 GB!
Ken Norton / JotBlog:
We're Googlers now  —  We've always had a hard time keeping secrets, and it's been really tough to keep this one - Google has acquired JotSpot.  Yep, that's right - we're all Googlers now, and we couldn't be more excited.  —  But let's talk about you, our users and customers.
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Medium Makes Web Browsing Social  —  Do you feel alone in your web browser, separated by time and space from all the other people out there exploring the internet?  A startup called Medium thinks it can help make web browsing social by telling you what pages your friends are on at any moment …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Wiki Collaboration Company Jotspot  —  Google's office strategy just got a whole lot richer with the announced acquisition of the wiki based company Jotspot.  A business oriented service that plugs a long list of different applications like calendars and photo sharing into a wiki framework …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Global Nerdy
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
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 …
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
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot  —  Dove's Viral Hit 'Evolution' Is a Real Beauty  —  CINCINNATI (AdAge.com) — Think dove's "campaign for Real Beauty" generated a ton of buzz for relatively little expense?  You haven't seen anything yet.  —  Traffic spike
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Searching on Zotspot could earn users a 10 spot  —  In a field dominated by Google, some smaller search Web sites are hoping to lure people by offering them money or charitable donations to search.  —  Start-up Zotspot is set to officially launch on Tuesday a site that pays people to search …
Market Wire:
Socialtext Releases SocialPoint  —  Best-of-Breed Wiki Integrated With Microsoft's SharePoint Offers Enterprises Collaborative Platform for Sharing Work  —  Socialtext, the first wiki company and leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 solutions, today released SocialPoint&trade …
 
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Business Wire:
DivX, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results
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Software Notebook: Xbox 360 price drop is still a ways off
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Google Guy Ends Search on CPW
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Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World
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Eric Taub / New York Times:
Nintendo at AARP Event to Court the Grayer Gamer
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
BBC Plan for Web Ads Draws Fire
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dave Winer was right about river reading
Discussion: Office Evolution
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Exclusive: MacHeist details
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Circulation Plunges at Major Newspapers