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3:50 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.
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 …
Mathew /
Google wants one ring to bind them
Discussion: Reuters and Search Engine Journal
Josh Wolf / CNET
Google gives social networking another go
Thomas K. Arnold /
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BD+ may be on the ropes: progress made on cracking Blu-ray's special DRM
Discussion: CDR-Zone.COM and George Ou
Paul Hales / Inquirer:
Blu-ray BD+ cracked and ready to burn
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot News
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Blu-ray BD+ copy protection defeated?
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 …
Vivek /
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:, Profy.Com and TechCrunch
Privacy Groups Propose Do-Not-Track List  —  Demands Would Hinder Marketers' Behavioral-Targeting Practices Online  —  NEW YORK ( — 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.
Storm Worm sent 15 million pump-and-dump e-mails  —  The Storm Worm botnet network may be shrinking in size, but it has managed to send out 15 million of those annoying audio spam messages in October, according to anti-spam vendor MessageLabs.  —  It's hard to believe that the Storm messages were effective.
MessageLabs:   MessageLabs Intelligence: The Expanding Spammers Toolbox …
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.
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Holes in Leopard's firewall
Discussion: Macworld, Gizmodo and The Mac Observer
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 …
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.
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 …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET
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!
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.
Mobile Classified's Gumiyo Raises 2nd Round  —  LA-based Gumiyo is a mobile online marketplace that uses cell phones to connect live buyers and sellers.  Using any mobile phone, sellers can capture images or video of an item, attach the image to atext message, and send them to Gumiyo where the item will be listed.
Discussion: Business Wire and Mashable!
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Associated Press:
Skype Video Chats Get Sharper
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Some Leopard early adopters bitten by installation bugs
Restated results cut Dell income by $92 million
Discussion: Computerworld
Google in talks with Verizon Wireless: sources
Discussion: CNET and Mashable!
Tor Thorsen / CNET
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
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Europe's First Startup,
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Mashable!
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Specific Media: the next big shot in online advertising?
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Schneier on Security:
Security by Letterhead  —  This otherwise amusing story has some serious lessons:
Anne Broache / CNET
Ban on Net access taxes extended to 2014
So Long Apple. The Party's Over

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