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4:25 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
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Bigger Role In Social Networking
Discussion: StartupBoy
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google goes after Facebook with new OpenSocial social networking API
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
OpenSocial: Google Proposes Widget & RESTful API Standards …
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone: The Story So Far, Some Launch Details & What's Next  —  The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on Google's mobile phone efforts and how it is beginning to draw some interest from carriers, especially in the United States.  Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks with Google …
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
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.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Consumer Advocates Seek a 'Do-Not-Track' List  —  A coalition of privacy groups asked the government today to set up a mandatory do-not-track list for the Internet.  —  The groups — which include the Consumer Federation of America, World Privacy Forum and several others …
Discussion: Adrants
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.
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
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.
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, and Gadgetell
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.
Interpublic Group Investors:   interpublic acquires branded entertainment shop
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]
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.
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!
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David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
ESPN To Air NBA Games On TV, Web
Discussion: last100 and Lost Remote
Microsoft continues pursuit of software pirates
Discussion: Computerworld
Joseph Weisenthal /
Internet Brands to Raise up to $45 Million in IPO
Discussion: Mashable!
Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Bans Exclusive Cable Contracts - Comcast has another excuse to raise rates...
Discussion: Associated Press and Engadget
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
At Wal-Mart, Black Friday comes early
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lisa Vaas /
Dancing Skeletons are Latest Storm Botnet Trick
Discussion: Computerworld, TrendLabs and Sophos
F.Colton / The India Street:
China's e28 to be Google's Gphone Handset Supplier
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Reasons To Hate Cellphone Carriers
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Harrison / MarketWatch:
Australia's Telstra in iPhone talks with Apple
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Stock Mania Continues - $700/share
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo
Discussion: CNET
PR Newswire:
IAC Reports Q3 Results
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege