BoomTown Casts the Google Movie (You're Welcome, Hollywood!)

With the news that a Hollywood production company is working on a movie about Google, based on the non-fiction book “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It,” by Ken Auletta, BoomTown has been noodling on which actors would be good to cast in the various roles of the top players. While the Google film is not as juicy as the upcoming fall film about Facebook, there is plenty of opportunity to bring a little glamour to the Googleplex.
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Nexus One: $174.15 in Parts, $355.85 in…er…Incidentals

If you were to build it yourself, Google’s new Nexus One superlative-phone would set you back about $174.15, according to a teardown conducted by iSuppli. That’s almost $5 less than the $179 T-Mobile is charging for the device with a two-year service plan. But its about a third of its unsubsidized price–$530.
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The Missing Final Chapter of Auletta's Google Book: 25 Media Maxims

Last week, New Yorker writer Ken Auletta launched his new book on the search giant: “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.” But one final chapter was actually cut from the book, which Auletta posted this past weekend on his Web site. It’s made up of 25 media maxims by Auletta.
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Author Ken Auletta Talks About Google and Its "Lack of Emotional Intelligence"

Guess what? Google has too many Spocks and not enough Captain Kirks. This is one of the many interesting insights BoomTown gleaned from a video interview last night at a San Francisco book party for well-known New Yorker scribe Ken Auletta, who has just written a new book, “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.” This “lack of emotional intelligence,” said Auletta, reminded him a lot of the subject of one of his previous books: Microsoft. Oh, the delicious irony!
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New Yorker: Bezos' Initial Google Investment Was $250K in 1998 Because "I Just Fell in Love With Larry and Sergey"

Considering the ongoing skirmishes going on right now between Amazon and Google over digital book publishing, it’s more than ironic that Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos was one of only a few initial investors in the search giant. But–in one of the many interesting details in New Yorker author Ken Auletta’s new book, “Googled: The End Of The World As We Know It”–it was indeed Bezos who invested $250,000 in the start-up in 1998 at four cents a share. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! There’s a great excerpt in the New Yorker this week.
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