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2:35 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.
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 …
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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
OpenSocial: Google Proposes Widget & RESTful API Standards for Social Networking Sites  —  There's nothing like a successful company with a near monopoly to force the software industry to come up with standards.  Or in this case, as in many others, force it's competitors to band together …
Google opens up social networking
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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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.
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 and CNET
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.
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: and Gadgetell
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS
Discussion: Between the Lines, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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! …
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.
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.
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 and internet video company Revision 3.  He spoke to the Guardian about his plans for Digg in the future.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Lynn Tan / CNET
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 …
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
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: CNET
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Associated Press:
FCC OKs cable competition for apartments
Discussion: Engadget and Washington Post
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Investors still betting on online video, mDialog snags $3.15 million
Michael Gartenberg / Computerworld:
Opinion: Leopard redefines 'what personal computing looks like'
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Leopard upgrade hits Mac firewall
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Industry Standard Plans Comeback; Bubble Prognosticators Giddy
Discussion: Reuters
George Ou:
Microsoft Unified Communications shuns G.722 wideband interoperability
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John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Cisco, Wipro team on services
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Stock Mania Continues - $700/share
AOL takes Truveo video search worldwide
Discussion: PDA, Reuters and Mashable!
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Drop that Tilt: HTC releases WM6 upgrade for AT&T 8525
Discussion: IntoMobile and jkOnTheRun
Update: Poor results at Alcatel-Lucent prompt more lay-offs
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox LIVE account sharing and Gamesave tampering (don't do it)
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