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10:45 PM ET, October 31, 2007


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Marc Andreessen /
Open Social: a new universe of social applications all over the web  —  My company, Ning, is participating in this week's launch of a new open web API called Open Social, which is being spearheaded by Google and joined by a wide range of partners including Google's own Orkut, LinkedIn, Hi5 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
A bit about Open Social  —  Standards devised by one tech company whose main purpose is to undermine another tech company, usually don't work.  —  In this case it's Google trying to undermine Facebook.  —  And I don't think it's going to work.  —  What would be exciting and uplifting …
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
OpenSocial - Can it Compete with Facebook?  —  The New York Times reported yesterday that Google, working with an alliance of companies including; Linkedin, Plaxo, Friendster and Hi5 to write standards for social networking applications including Google's Orkut.
INTEGO SECURITY ALERT - October 31, 2007  —  OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse Changes Local DNS Settings to  —  Redirect to Malicious DNS Servers  —  Description: A malicious Trojan Horse has been found on several pornography web sites, claiming to install a video codec necessary to view free pornographic videos on Macs.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Mac OS malware targets porn surfers  —  There's a new piece of malware out there targeting Mac users that takes advantage of the inclination to watch porn.  —  Intego, a Mac security software company, issued an alert Wednesday warning Mac users of the OSX.RSPlug.A malware, which it describes as a Trojan horse.
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:   Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone: The Story So Far, Some Launch Details & What's Next  —  The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on Google's mobile phone efforts and how it is beginning to draw some interest from carriers, especially in the United States.  Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks with Google …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Phone Plan Draws Interest  —  Google Inc. is in advanced talks with two top U.S. cellphone operators, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., about selling handsets tailored to its new mobile-phone operating system, people familiar with the matter said.
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
$200 Everex Green PC Now Available  —  Everex's TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market $200 desktop computer, featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux and headed for selected Wal-Mart stores.  —  "It's $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies," Everex spokesman David Liu said.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Everex's $199 green PC: attention ignorant Wal-Mart shoppers
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
At Wal-Mart, Black Friday comes early
Discussion: Gizmodo
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gizmodo
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google launches privacy channel on YouTube  —  Google launched a privacy channel on YouTube Wednesday with videos explaining its privacy policies.  The move comes on the eve of a two-day Federal Trade Commission-hosted town hall event on behavioral ad targeting to be held in Washington, D.C.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Look Who's Now The 5th Biggest Company in the US  —  That's right: Google (GOOG).  And trading at a not-preposterous 55-times trailing 12-month earnings, too.  —  Rank Company Market Cap (Bil) Ticker  —  1 Exxon Mobil $505 XOM
Discussion: Digital Daily and Bits
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Google adding multi-protocol chat to Gmail?  —  It looks like Google may be planning some new Gmail features.  Many users are already noticing a "newer version" of the Gmail interface with faster page loading and an expanded contact manager.  But did you notice that you can choose …
AOL to let users block targeted Web ads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Wednesday that it would let users opt out of online advertisements that are presented to individuals based on the Web sites they have visited.  —  Such behaviorally targeted ads use …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Group Proposes 'Do Not Track' List for Web
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
More than 100,000 iPhone owners break out of jail  —  The release of an easy-to-download method of opening up the iPhone to third-party applications prompted almost 150,000 downloads of the software in three days.  —  Our friends over at iPhone Atlas spoke with Nicholas "Drudge" Penree …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Steve / CO-ED Magazine:
Facebook Music is Coming!  —  As reported earlier this year, Facebook has been rumored to announce an online music service to compete with iTunes and MySpace in the near future.  —  This just in: the "Facebook Music" platform will serve as the social networking giants first step into the music space.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag, hypebot and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Prosper Registers With SEC to Create a $500 Million Secondary Market in Peer-to-Peer Loans  —  One of the most disruptive startups in the financial industry is Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace.  Since its launch in February, 2006, Prosper has attracted more than 450,000 members who have loaned $96.4 million to each other.
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