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5:40 PM ET, October 31, 2007

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Business Technology
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How the iPhone changed Verizon Wireless
Discussion: CrunchGear and BloggingStocks
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Bigger Role In Social Networking
Discussion: StartupBoy
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.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Everex's $199 green PC: attention ignorant Wal-Mart shoppers
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
At Wal-Mart, Black Friday comes early
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS
Discussion: Between the Lines
Intego:
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.
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:   Trojan Horse warning: What you need to know
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.
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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
Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Bans Exclusive Cable Contracts - Comcast has another excuse to raise rates...  As expected (see previous report), the FCC today ruled to ban cable operators from striking exclusive deals with MDU (multiple dwelling unit) landlords.  According to the FCC press release (pdf) …
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Associated Press:
FCC OKs cable competition for apartments
Discussion: Engadget and Washington Post
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! …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony's Folding@home project gets Guinness record  —  It's a small thing, but Sony got some good news today related to its troubled PlayStation 3 video game console.  In fact, the system helped set a new Guinness World Record.  —  The record was set by Stanford University's Folding@home project …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
InfoWorld:
Acer files counterclaims against HP  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Acer filed patent counterclaims against Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday as both companies continue to tussle for a larger share of the global PC market.  —  Acer, the world's third-largest PC vendor, filed counterclaims …
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot News
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Drop that Tilt: HTC releases WM6 upgrade for AT&T 8525  —  So if you don't really need that extra megapixel and auto-focus on the camera, and you're doing just fine with your Bluetooth GPS receiver, HTC has just given you one less reason to upgrade to the AT&T Tilt by finally posting …
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
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.
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).
 
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
But Wait, There's More NVIDIA G92 for 2007
Discussion: The Tech Report
Zipcar:
Zipcar and Flexcar Agree to Merge
USA Today:
Fee fi fo fum: Google smells the blood of Microsoft
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Messenger 9, GTalk integration, Messenger API, new client …
Discussion: Mashable!
David Hendricks / The Post:
OU plays host to file-sharing discussion panel after RIAA crackdown …
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
ESPN To Air NBA Games On TV, Web
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft continues pursuit of software pirates
Discussion: Computerworld
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Internet Brands to Raise up to $45 Million in IPO
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Discussion: Computerworld, TrendLabs and Sophos
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
10 Reasons To Hate Cellphone Carriers
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Gizmodo
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Investors still betting on online video, mDialog snags $3.15 million
BBC:
Leopard upgrade hits Mac firewall
Discussion: p2pnet
Andrew Harrison / MarketWatch:
Australia's Telstra in iPhone talks with Apple
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Q&A: Digg co-founder Jay Adelson
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo
Discussion: CNET News.com
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