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Rumor: Viacom Developing Own YouTube

Last week, when Viacom demanded the deletion of some 100,000 videos submitted to YouTube because of copyright infringement, it may have been just the beginning of larger, defensive measures.

Viacom is the media giant that owns cable properties like Comedy Central, MTV, and Spike. Unlike many record labels like Sony, BMG, and Warner, who apparently struck some kind of arrangement with Google, Viacom appears set on absolute control over its content, free promotion or not.

Prayer of Silicon Valley

A little while ago one of my coworkers alerted me to the fact that news vans were showing up on campus. (I’m at our Mission College office right now, just a few miles away.)

Blog Rumor Dangers

The rumor game can mislead a lot of people.

Google Buys JotSpot

Joe Kraus of JotSpot announces on the official Google blog that Google has acquired them.

Google Working with the CIA?

Nothing like some conspiracy to start off your working day.

Google To Restructure, Add AdSense For Audio

It’s funny how a whisper can sometimes push a hurricane; expect one to swirl up by Monday. The rumor, as was whispered into the ear of a DM News reporter, is that Google is about to undergo a major corporate restructuring just as they prepare to release AdSense for Audio.

Obvious Corp. Buying Odeo

Evan Williams and other Odeo employees buying control of Odeo back from their VCs is definitely an interesting piece of news because it’s not that common, and it says something interesting about what some companies are experiencing right now.

Google Space Just A Rumor

With Google’s proposed Googlunaplex and Google Mars, it’s understandable that Techcrunch got all excited over the weekend at rumors Google had purchased the private space ship SpaceShipOne.

Need More Places to Put Ads

So if the rumor is true, and Google acquires Youtube… what about Yahoo and Facebook? And why the flurry of activity now? This would be out of character for, especially, Google — who have generally made little acquisitions though recently they inked a huge “partnership” with MySpace.

Rumor of The Week: Google To Buy YouTube

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington rates his own rumor at about 40 percent likely, just so we get that out of the way. The “completely unsubstantiated” rumor is that Google is finalizing talks to acquire web video phenomenon YouTube.

MySpace Rumor Mill

Perhaps it’s the sudden memetic success of MySpace that has everyone around taking shots at its founders. Or perhaps it’s the sudden multimillion-dollar success of the site that has turned its founders into seedy party boys with shady associations. Only a few seem to know for sure, but it’s fun to wonder.

Google Travel Rumor On The Road

Google is still advertising for vertical market account executives and strategists in Chicago, but the travel position has triggered the “Google enters travel sector” talk.

Microsoft Strolls The Rumor Treadmill

As the company continues to tack upon the seas of Windows Live, Microsoft has been predicted to have a stop scheduled at the shores of social media.

Website Usability Eclipses SE Rumor Mill

I’m guessing that, were Nostradamus to write a book called Predicting for Idiots, one of his first guidelines to a budding prophet would be “keep it vague, young apprentice.”

Yahoo! and Digg – Sign of the Times or Big Rumor

As you can well see, I stay away from the rumor mill both here and at the Corante Web Hub. So when everyone got in on the Yahoo! buying Digg talk, I steered clear.

Latest Google Rumor

It’s funny, even when Google denies a rumor, it still makes the news.

Google Buying Napster Rumor Shot Down

Lots of people have been downloading the chatter about Google possibly buying the Napster music service, but Google said it’s not happening.

Timeline of the Google PC Rumor

So the Google PC/Cube didn’t materialize at CES.

Bubbasoft?

Andy Abramson’s sticking his neck out there with a mighty big rumor on his blog that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is about to step aside as its day to day operations head to make room for Bill Clinton.

Some Truth To Google PC Rumor?

A December article from the New York Times suggested Google showed a passing interest in a $200 computer. IP Democracy’s Cynthia Brumfield referenced a report from the Times, which cited Google’s discussions…

Microsoft Buying Opera Rumor Swirling

The Oslo-based maker of the Opera web browser may have been acquired by Microsoft, which may have beaten Google in bidding for the company. Maybe.