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3:05 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.
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 …
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.
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.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS  —  Wal-mart just plotzed out the Everex Green gPC, a low-end machine with low-end specs running Ubuntu Linux and a version of Enlightenment that its creators called GOS.  Some may say that this is the "Google PC" but it's actually running …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gizmodo
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
$200 Everex Green PC Now Available
Discussion: Engadget, and Gadgetell
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! …
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.
Michael Gartenberg / Computerworld:
Opinion: Leopard redefines 'what personal computing looks like'  —  Michael Gartenberg sees a better user experience, inherent reliability  —  Leopard, the latest release of Apple's Mac OS X, lays the foundation for the next generation of personal computing.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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!
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 …
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.
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
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
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Discussion: Computerworld, TrendLabs and Sophos
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Reasons To Hate Cellphone Carriers
Discussion: Gizmodo
Associated Press:
FCC OKs cable competition for apartments
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Investors still betting on online video, mDialog snags $3.15 million
Leopard upgrade hits Mac firewall
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
 Earlier Items: 
George Ou:
Microsoft Unified Communications shuns G.722 wideband interoperability
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
Cisco, Wipro team on services
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Stock Mania Continues - $700/share
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo
Discussion: CNET
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)
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege