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11:20 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
Discussion: Office 12 Watch
Griffith / Forever Geek:   Microsoft unveils Windows Vista and Office 2007 packages
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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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
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
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
TalkPlus Voice 2.0 app launches  —  TalkPlus, Inc. today is launching their unique mobile phone service that leverages VoIP, identity management, scheduling/contact rules, and other advanced business/personal processes that make your mobile experience more productive while enabling privacy controls.
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: digg
 
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
Better ROI From YouTube Video Than Super Bowl Spot
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Brian L. Clark / Gizmodo:
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail for Your Domain With 15 GB?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top Web Apps in Australia
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
SlingPlayer for OS X beta goes public
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
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Medium Makes Web Browsing Social
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Dave Winer was right about river reading
Dan Lurie / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Exclusive: MacHeist details
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
Robert Levine / New York Times:
En Garde! Fight Foes Using a Controller Like a Sword
Discussion: Go Nintendo and Kotaku
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
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Sony Misses PS3 Shipping Targets