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6:45 AM ET, October 31, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday  —  Details emerged today on Google's broad social networking ambitions, first reported here in late September, with a follow up earlier this week.  The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go live on Thursday), goes well beyond what we've previously reported.
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New York Times:
Google and Friends to Gang Up on Facebook  —  Google and some of the Web's leading social networks are teaming up to take on the new kid on the block — Facebook.  —  On Thursday, an alliance of companies led by Google plans to begin introducing a common set of standards to allow software developers …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
OpenSocial, Google's Open Answer to Facebook  —  Google's (GOOG) much awaited answer to Facebook ecosystem is finally coming to light.  The existence of this Google platform was first reported by TechCrunch and is going to become official tomorrow.  —  Google will announce …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE LAUNCHES OPENSOCIAL  —  Release below.  I will comment after kids go to bed, or Weds...  But here's the big question: Will Facebook and Myspace play?  —  Google Launches OpenSocial to Spread Social Applications Across the Web  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — November 1, 2007 - Google …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google wants one ring to bind them
Discussion: Reuters and Search Engine Journal
Josh Wolf / CNET News.com:
Google gives social networking another go
AdAge:
Privacy Groups Propose Do-Not-Track List  —  Demands Would Hinder Marketers' Behavioral-Targeting Practices Online  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Privacy advocates are expected to propose the creation of a do-not-track list, a sort of internet version of the Do Not Call Registry, at a news conference tomorrow.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Marketers Joining Internet Privacy Efforts  —  Most consumers are familiar with do-not-call lists, which are meant to keep telemarketers from phoning them.  Soon people will be able to sign up for do-not-track lists, which will help shield their Web surfing habits from the prying eyes of marketers.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Mini How-To: Remove the Windows BSOD icon in Leopard, make OS X a little less smug  —  It's pretty clear that Apple left no stone unturned in Leopard, making changes and fixes throughout the new operating system.  Unfortunately, that also included an upgrade to its crucial smugness subsystem …
Thomas K. Arnold / HomeMediaMagazine.com:
Blu-ray Mounts Event Offensive  —  The gloves are off.  Backers of the high-definition Blu-ray Disc format are staging a two-day offensive in Hollywood this week, touting their triumphs and offering previews of upcoming releases such as Cars, Ratatouille,, the "Die Hard" movies …
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget, Gadgetell and Gizmodo
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BD+ may be on the ropes: progress made on cracking Blu-ray's special DRM
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
Blu-ray BD+ cracked and ready to burn
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot News
Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Disqus launches Blog Commenting App  —  Disqus, about which fellow blogger Ashish Singh had written about couple of months back, today finally launched it's feature-full blog commenting system.  Among others, the YCombinator startup competes with Js-Kit, Intense Debate, and SezWho.
Discussion: Rev2.org, Profy.Com and TechCrunch
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Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
SORRY PR PEOPLE: YOU'RE BLOCKED  —  I've had it.  I get more than 300 emails a day and my problem isn't spam (Cloudmark Desktop solves that nicely), it's PR people.  Lazy flacks send press releases to the Editor in Chief of Wired because they can't be bothered to find out who on my staff …
Daily Mail:
Army tests James Bond style tank that is 'invisible'  —  New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.  —  In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Hello, India?  I Need Help With My Math  —  Adrianne Yamaki, a 32-year-old management consultant in New York, travels constantly and logs 80-hour workweeks.  So to eke out more time for herself, she routinely farms out the administrative chores of her life — making travel arrangements …
InfoWorld:
Storm Worm sent 15 million pump-and-dump e-mails  —  The Storm Worm botnet network may be shrinking in size, but it has managed to send out 15 million of those annoying audio spam messages in October, according to anti-spam vendor MessageLabs.  —  It's hard to believe that the Storm messages were effective.
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MessageLabs:   MessageLabs Intelligence: The Expanding Spammers Toolbox …
alarm:clock:
Mobile Classified's Gumiyo Raises 2nd Round  —  LA-based Gumiyo is a mobile online marketplace that uses cell phones to connect live buyers and sellers.  Using any mobile phone, sellers can capture images or video of an item, attach the image to atext message, and send them to Gumiyo where the item will be listed.
Discussion: Business Wire and Mashable!
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege  —  If Texas congressman Ron Paul is elected president in 2008, he may be the first leader of the free world put into power with the help of a global network of hacked PCs spewing spam, according to computer-security researchers who've analyzed …
Discussion: Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
A Public Google Job Application  —  27-years old Sebastian Lützig from Cologne, Germany, wants to work at Google, specifically in Google's security department.  Instead of writing a normal job application, he decided to register tons of Google-related URLs - like adwordsgoogle.de …
MAC Address / heise Security:
Leopard with chinks in its armour  —  A second look at the Mac OS X Leopard firewall  —  Apple is using security in general and the new firewall in particular to promote Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X. However, initial functional testing has already uncovered cause for concern.
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Associated Press:
Skype Video Chats Get Sharper
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Some Leopard early adopters bitten by installation bugs
Reuters:
Restated results cut Dell income by $92 million
Discussion: Computerworld
Reuters:
Google in talks with Verizon Wireless: sources
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:
Skype rolls the dice with Facebook games
Discussion: Mashable!
Tor Thorsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Xbox 360 IPTV still coming—eventually
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Vyatta does open source networking with a mean streak
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NBC's Zucker: Apple used us! (Shh, we used Apple too)
Discussion: last100 and MarketingVOX
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Europe's First Startup, Soup.io
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Mashable!
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off future features of Project
Business Wire:
Google Leads Microsoft, Nokia in Location Based Services Development …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Apple, hackenomics, and the waning anonymity (and obsoletion) of cash
Schneier on Security:
Security by Letterhead  —  This otherwise amusing story has some serious lessons:
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees a Future Without BitTorrent
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Social Ad Network: What We (Think We) Know So Far
 

 
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