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12:10 PM 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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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 …
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 …
BBC:   Google opens up social networking
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
OpenSocial details coming out
Discussion: Digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google OpenSocial: The Third Place
Discussion: Rev2.org
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.
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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.
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ZDNet:
Intel's Montvale Itanium chip arrives  —  Intel announced on Wednesday its line of Itanium products for high-end computing servers.  —  Code-named Montvale, the chip is an update to Montecito, the dual-core Itanium 2 chip that was launched in July last year, Eddie Toh …
Discussion: Macsimum News
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.
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.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC Q3 Revenues up 7.4 Percent; Media & Advertising Grows 40 Percent
Discussion: Search Engine Land
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo  —  Cisco is launching a global contest to find great business or technology ideas.  —  The "I-Prize" will include the chance to help Cisco start a new business unit along with $10m in funding over the first three years.  There is also a $250,000 signing bonus.
Discussion: Wikinomics and TechFold
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 …
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Drop that Tilt: HTC releases WM6 upgrade for AT&T 8525  —  So if you don't really need that extra megapixel and auto-focus on the camera, and you're doing just fine with your Bluetooth GPS receiver, HTC has just given you one less reason to upgrade to the AT&T Tilt by finally posting …
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John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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AOL takes Truveo video search worldwide
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Magazine:
Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK
Discussion: Profy.Com, TorrentFreak, p2pnet and Digg
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
4INFO Takes NBC Investment, Signs Mobile Partnership
Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
NEC Successfully Develops Wideband Wearable Antenna Prototype
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Libya's education ministry purchases 150,000 Classmate PCs
Discussion: Reuters
InfoWorld:
Update: Poor results at Alcatel-Lucent prompt more lay-offs
Dell:
Round Rock, Texas, October 30, 2007
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox LIVE account sharing and Gamesave tampering (don't do it)
Associated Press:
Skype Video Chats Get Sharper