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3:00 PM ET, November 2, 2006

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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Google Updates Mobile Services: New Downloadable Application Speeds Up Gmail  —  Google has just announced an upgrade to their suite of mobile services, and for the first time Gmail will have an on-device helper application that dramatically improves the user experience.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gmail gets wings, goes mobile  —  Gmail, Google's popular email service is going primetime, by going mobile.  The Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine has just released a new Java based Gmail application that runs on most modern phones and mainstream handsets including Motorola RAZR.
Discussion: MobileTracker and Gizmodo
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Groups Ask FTC to Probe Online Ad Profiling  —  Two consumer advocacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission yesterday to investigate online advertising practices of Internet companies, asserting that the practices violate consumer privacy.  —  In a 50-page complaint …
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Jonathan Berr / PaidContent:
Consumer Groups Ask FTC To Investigate Online Ad Practices
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David Flynn / APC:
Vista gets official release dates  —  Microsoft has set November 30 as the release date for Vista (and Office 2007) to business customers and January 30, 2007 as the date for the official launch to consumers and The World At Large.  —  Five years, three months and five days after Windows XP made its debut …
Discussion: Download Squad, Engadget and Scobleizer
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Alex Zaharov-Reutt / ITWire:
It's official: Vista and Office 2007 to launch November 30  —  The Windows Vista journey is about to reach the end of the beginning, with the official launch date of November 30 announced for the simultaneous launch of Office 2007 and the business version of Windows Vista.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
MobiTV Raises Even More $$$s  —  The last time mobile video startup MobiTV said they raised $70 million in a third round of funding, we used them as an example of the return of the big VC money.  Now the Emeryville-based company is announcing today that it has raised even more money as part of its Series C …
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
MobiTV Raises Another $30 Million; Adds Hearst and Adobe As Investors
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Firefox Kid Blake Ross to launch Parakey — this could be big  —  We first met Blake Ross at Silicon Valley's Cafe Coupa more than a year ago.  —  As a teenager, the self-taught coder had been central to the launch of the successful Firefox browser.  —  When we met, he'd just co-founded …
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Parakey: WebOS for Mom and Pop
Discussion: GigaOM
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Yahoo Dishes Out New Food Site  —  Yahoo launched a new vertical content section today, in response to growing ad demand from CPG advertisers.  Yahoo Food is filled with content that addresses both everyday and special occasion food needs of users.  —  The new food section is expected …
Alexander Panetta / Globe and Mail:
Videotron lobbying for Internet 'transmission tariff'  —  OTTAWA — With video and music downloads gobbling up Internet bandwidth at an ever-expanding pace, cable company Videotron is pushing for content providers like movie studios to share some of the cost to expand broadband pipelines.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Microsoft considers China policy  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, Athens  —  A senior executive for Microsoft has said the firm could pull out of non-democratic countries such as China.  —  Fred Tipson, senior policy counsel for the computer giant, said concerns …
Ron Grover / Business Week:
HBO's Bold Broadband Plans  —  The premium channel may offer its wares online—a move that could rankle cable and satellite operators  —  Just about every TV network worth its satellite transponders has rushed to the Internet in recent months.  Thanks to the out-of-nowhere popularity …
Discussion: IP Democracy and PaidContent
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Pictures, With Map and Pushpin Included  —  Geotagging allows users to plot where they have taken their pictures.  The Flickr Web site displays the data and pictures on a users' personal Web page.  —  KATHLEEN BENNETT recently bought a device that keeps track of her location with help …
BBC:
Google ad revenue 'to surpass TV'  —  Google is about to overtake the UK's main commercial TV channels in the race for advertising revenue, a study says.  —  It found that the US internet search giant's 2006 UK revenues are expected to surpass Channel Four's predicted £800m ($1.5bn) returns.
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
The Word on Warranties: Don't Bother  —  IT may be tempting to buy extended warranties with all those high-tech gadgets on your holiday list, but the experts say they are almost always a waste of money.  —  The experts have done the math, taking into account the odds that a product will break …
 
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