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10:40 AM 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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Record Labels Not Planning On Sharing YouTube Windfall With Musicians
Discussion: Virtual Economics
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  —  Microsoft shows off new packaging for its two top sellers  —  The fellas over at Neowin.net were alerted that Microsoft has unveiled the packaging for Windows Vista and Office 2007.  While there are only three images posted …
Discussion: Office 12 Watch
Griffith / Forever Geek:
Microsoft unveils Windows Vista and Office 2007 packages  —  I guess it's a small news day when some item packages reach the "front page".  In any case, Microsoft has just unveiled the packages for their upcoming (un?)popular Operative System and productivity suite.
James / Views on Vista:
Windows Vista Sounds
Discussion: Neowin.net
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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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
Discussion: Monkey Bites
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
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 …
S.Jhoanna Robledo / New York Magazine:
Google Guy Ends Search on CPW  —  Who's feeling lucky?  —  N  —  ow that Google has moved into its 300,000-square-foot kingdom on Eighth Avenue, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are putting down roots in town.  Or at least one of them is: A source says that half of the power duo …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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.
Nicole / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World  —  Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta is released.  It is what we call a dot release, the changes are not as major as in a major release (go figure) they are small updates to the existing stuff in Messenger.  —  Important Details:  — Get Messenger 8.1 Beta here
Discussion: LiveSide and MSTechToday
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
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: Global Nerdy, Mark Evans and Screenwerk
 
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot
Discussion: Business Filter, cgm and AdJab
PR Newswire:
Eidos Celebrates With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
Point: How is TiVo Doing After Launching Series 3?
Discussion: PVR Wire and PVRblog
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Australia
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Old Window Injection Flaw Reappears in IE 7
Discussion: Between the Lines and Bink.nu
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Medium Makes Web Browsing Social
Discussion: 21talks and Feld Thoughts
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
BBC Plan for Web Ads Draws Fire
Discussion: digg
iranian.ws:
Iranian ISPs defy regulator ban on high-speed internet
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dave Winer was right about river reading
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Exclusive: MacHeist details
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Research: Sperm quality inversely proportional to cell phone usage
Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces New Accounting Software and Services for Small …
Business Wire:
WPP, CBS Corporation and Interpublic Group Make Investments …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Screenwerk and GigaOM
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
TalkPlus Voice 2.0 app launches
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Sony Misses PS3 Shipping Targets
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
Thinnest E-TEN Pocket PC Phone Coming Soon - X500
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and jkOnTheRun