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1:25 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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Social Ad Network: What We (Think We) Know So Far  —  Just as Google is preparing to take Facebook head-on with its own social-networking platform, it appears that Facebook is preparing to take on Google with its own social ad network.  The announcement of what people …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Cookie tracking: How Facebook could be worth $100 billion?  —  When Facebook launches its "SocialAds" advertising product on November 6th, the technology will reportedly rely on cookies — unique identifiers sent to each user's computer from Facebook, and tracked by Facebook when they visit web pages.
Josh Wolf / CNET News.com:
Google gives social networking another go
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
More bubble talk than a Bazooka convention
Discussion: Valleywag and Insider Chatter
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 …
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
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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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Holes in Leopard's firewall
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Apple:
Apple Sells Two Million Copies of Mac OS X Leopard in First Weekend
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, TechCrunch and Profy.Com
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Reuters:
Google in talks with Verizon Wireless: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc is in active talks with number-two U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless about putting Google applications on phones it offers, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees a Future Without BitTorrent  —  Why a new protocol?  Well, the current BitTorrent protocol is developed and maintained by BitTorrent Inc. This company, founded by BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen, recently decided to close the source of some newer additions to the protocol.
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.
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 …
BBC:
PC stripper helps spam to spread  —  A virtual stripper is helping to defeat anti-spam security checks.  —  Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image.  —  The scrambled text images come …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft shows off future features of Project  —  Microsoft showed off some features of the next version of Project, to the delight of the crowd gathered at the Microsoft Office Project Conference in Seattle.  —  The audience applauded a new timeline view that will become available.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:
Skype rolls the dice with Facebook games  —  Facebook is quickly becoming a way for established software publishers and services to gain new market share.  Today Skype (for Windows and Mac) slipped an app launcher for 18 games into Facebook's app directory.  I might mention that the games already exist as Skype Extras.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Some Leopard early adopters bitten by installation bugs
Reuters:
Restated results cut Dell income by $92 million
Discussion: Computerworld
InfoWorld:
Storm Worm sent 15 million pump-and-dump e-mails
Discussion: MessageLabs
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
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Buffalo Stops US Sale of Products under Patent Case Ban
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Europe's First Startup, Soup.io
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Mashable!
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Specific Media: the next big shot in online advertising?
Discussion: Mashable!
Elizabeth Montalbano / Computerworld:
ODF backer abandons file format in favor of W3C alternative
Discussion: TeleRead and Slashdot
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Ban on Net access taxes extended to 2014
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Apple plays with fire, courts iPhone gift card lawsuits
Javalobby:
So Long Apple. The Party's Over
 

 
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