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3:40 PM ET, October 31, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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 …
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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.
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 …
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Bigger Role In Social Networking
Discussion: StartupBoy
BBC:
Google opens up social networking
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How the iPhone changed Verizon Wireless  —  Verizon Wireless is reportedly talking to Google about using its upcoming mobile operating system.  It has unveiled a bevy of phones for the holiday season and generally seems more hip overall-at least for Verizon.  So why the change?  —  Two words: Apple's iPhone.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google shares break $700 on reports of wireless talks
Discussion: CNET News.com, Media Biz and Gizmodo
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Apple to Allow Virtualization of Leopard  —  In a notable about-face, Apple has changed its stance with regard to allowing Mac OS X Server to be run inside a virtual machine (VM), much as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion make it possible to run Windows and other PC-based operating systems on a Mac.
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.
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   Group Proposes 'Do Not Track' List for Web
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:   Privacy groups target online advertising
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.
Discussion: Engadget, TECH.BLORGE.com and Gadgetell
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS
Discussion: Between the Lines
Andrew McMains / Adweek:
IPG Buys Stoute's Consultancy  —  NEW YORK Interpublic Group has acquired Translation Consultation + Brand Imaging, a three-year-old shop led by former Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute.  —  IPG is believed to have paid $10-15 million in cash for the New York consultancy.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Interpublic Group Investors:   interpublic acquires branded entertainment shop
Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Bans Exclusive Cable Contracts - Comcast has another excuse to raise rates...  As expected (see previous report), the FCC today ruled to ban cable operators from striking exclusive deals with MDU (multiple dwelling unit) landlords.  According to the FCC press release (pdf) …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Associated Press:
FCC OKs cable competition for apartments
Discussion: Engadget and Washington Post
Jonah Brucker-Cohen / MAKE Magazine:
Even dogs like iphones for halloween  —  Next time you get a call, just pick up your dog and answer.  Even dogs are getting in the halloween spirit in NYC this year!  Trick or Treat!  —  Pups on Parade at Tompkins Square Park - Link [via]
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: Bits
New York Magazine:
Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK  —  Spoken-word and hip-hop artist Saul Williams toured with Nine Inch Nails last year, and Trent Reznor liked him so much that he decided to produce his new album.  The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust! …
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.
Intego:
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.
PR Newswire:
IAC Reports Q3 Results  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI - News) released third quarter 2007 results today, reporting $1.5 billion in revenue, a 7% rate of growth over the prior year, and $173 million in Operating Income Before Amortization, versus $170 million last year.  Adjusted EPS was $0.37, compared to $0.35 in the year ago period.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Q&A: Digg co-founder Jay Adelson  —  Jay Adelson, co-founder and chief executive of Digg, sees his site's future growth in empowering its users  —  Jay Adelson is the co-founder of social news website Digg.com and internet video company Revision 3.  He spoke to the Guardian about his plans for Digg in the future.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
F.Colton / The India Street:
China's e28 to be Google's Gphone Handset Supplier  —  On the heals of the latest Google and Verizon announcement, we've just confirmed a tip from an industry insider that China's e28 is going to be Google's Gphone software and handset manufacturer (this is from one source only - not two as we usually receive).
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
 
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Federal Trade Commission:
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Discussion: InfoWorld and Threat Level
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
At Wal-Mart, Black Friday comes early
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Dancing Skeletons are Latest Storm Botnet Trick
Discussion: Computerworld, Sophos and TrendLabs
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Reasons To Hate Cellphone Carriers
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Gartenberg / Computerworld:
Opinion: Leopard redefines 'what personal computing looks like'
Discussion: The Mac Observer
BBC:
Leopard upgrade hits Mac firewall
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Andrew Harrison / MarketWatch:
Australia's Telstra in iPhone talks with Apple
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Industry Standard Plans Comeback; Bubble Prognosticators Giddy
Discussion: Reuters
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Stock Mania Continues - $700/share
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo
Discussion: CNET News.com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
4INFO Takes NBC Investment, Signs Mobile Partnership
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'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege
 

 
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