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2:35 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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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.
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.
mathewingram.com/work:   Mark Cuban tells a nice story, but...
Dan Blank:   Blogs: The Anti-Journalism  —  It is no secret that I am a big fan of blogs and new media.
Oliver Ryan / CNNMoney.com:   Behind the scenes of the Goog-Tube deal
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.
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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 …
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google has acquired JotSpot
Discussion: Open Source and Between the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking News: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Reddit  —  We just received confirmation that Condé Nast, owner of Wired and other magazines/websites, acquired Boston-based Reddit earlier this morning, and will make the announcement later today.  The price is not being disclosed.
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
China: We don't censor the Internet.  Really  —  ATHENS, Greece—While many countries block off some Web sites, China has long drawn heightened scrutiny because of the breadth and sophistication of its Internet censorship.  —  Which is why it came as a surprise on Tuesday …
Discussion: Techdirt, E-Media Tidbits and Slashdot
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Top 13 Halloween Sites, Searches and Destinations  —  In celebration of Halloween and trick-or-treaters everywhere, I've put together a list of the top 13 online destinations, search engines and services I've found over the past week which specialize in the October holiday.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Peter Sayer / Macworld:
French publishers join Google booksearch lawsuit
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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
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
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 …
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 …
Scott Berinato / Wired News:
Attack of the Bots … AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE typical network congestion.  So the system administrators weren't too concerned when TypePad blogs and LiveJournal social networks flickered like a light bulb in a faulty socket.  But 15 minutes later, at 4 pm on May 2, 2006, the sites went dark …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and madisonian.net
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.
 
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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Japan to get Wii with DVD player
Discussion: Kotaku, Siliconera and Go Nintendo
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cracks Down on Counterfeit Software Auctions Worldwide
Kelvin / Mashable!:
Are You an Average YouTube User?
Discussion: digg
Steve.Lasker / MSDN Blogs:
SQL Server Everywhere Gets a New Name
Market Wire:
Socialtext Releases SocialPoint
Business Wire:
DivX, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2006 Financial Results
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Searching on Zotspot could earn users a 10 spot
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S.Jhoanna Robledo / New York Magazine:
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Windows Media Player 11 (final) is now available
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Bob Crabtree / hexus.net:
Nose well out of joint  —  One of the things that honest reviewers hate …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Medium Makes Web Browsing Social
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
BBC Plan for Web Ads Draws Fire
Discussion: digg