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10:00 PM ET, November 1, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Checkmate?  MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)  —  Google may have just come out of nowhere and checkmated Facebook in the social networking power struggle.  —  MySpace and Six Apart will announce that they are joining Google's OpenSocial initiative.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Your Move  —  Not so fast, Mike.  The anti-Facebook coalition piling onto Google's OpenSocial platform does not constitute checkmate for Google just quite yet.  These are developer announcements.  No actual consumers have changed their social networking habits because of OpenSocial.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Joining Google's OpenSocial  —  We hear Google is planning to announce yet another partner to its anti-Facebook coalition today — News Corp.'s MySpace.  [Haven't confirmed].  Look for an announcement by the end of the day.  This makes a lot of sense for both sides …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook: "We Have Not Been Briefed On OpenSocial"  —  When Google was asked during the press conference earlier today if they had invited Facebook into OpenSocial, the answer was "yes," and then changed to "we can't comment, followed by "we have reached out to virtually everyone in this space" …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Brad Stone / Bits:
The Great Facebook Team-Up?  —  As we reported below, MySpace has joined Google's OpenSocial initiative, along with social network Bebo and blogging network Six Apart.  That means developers can now write their programs only once to make them work on those sites, and others including LinkedIn …
Reuters:
MySpace Joins Google  —  The search leader signs the world's largest social network to its platform.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Web search leader Google has signed on MySpace, the world's largest social network, to its platform for allowing outside developers to write programs for social Web sites.
Discussion: GigaOM and Neowin.net
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook=Apple, Google=Microsoft
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google's OpenSocial APIs pick up steam-MySpace and Bebo
Discussion: Associated Press
Brad Stone / Bits:
MySpace Joins the Google OpenSocial Team
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New York Times' Blogrunner—A Techmeme Killer?  —  Last night, the New York Times quietly launched Blogrunner on the technology section of its main site.  Blogrunner was one of many techmeme copycat sites, until the New York Times bought it last year.  Like Techmeme, Blogrunner is a service …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New York Times Adds Techmeme-like Feature to Tech Section  —  NYTimes.com has today launched a new version of its technology section, which includes more aggregation of news from around the Web.  Of most interest perhaps is that its Techmeme-like news aggregator, Blogrunner, has been fully integrated into the Tech frontpage.
The New York Times Company:
NYTimes.com Launches Enhanced Technology Section
Discussion: Bits
Lev Grossman / Time:
Invention Of the Year: The iPhone  —  Stop.  I mean, don't stop reading this, but stop thinking what you're about to think.  Or, O.K., I'll think it for you:
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A dangerous conflict of interest between Firefox and Google  —  The Firefox browser may not be as independent as previously thought.  Mozilla essentially owns Firefox, and it proved so whenit flexed its muscles last year in forcing Debian to rename its browser IceWeasel.
Discussion: WebProNews and Between the Lines
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
HD DVD players hit $99 at Wal-Mart, Best Buy  —  Earlier this week it was big news that HD DVD broke the $200 price barrier.  Well, in the same week it looks like HD DVD has broken the $100 price barrier as well.  As previously reported, Wal-Mart is running a "Secret In-Store Specials" …
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François Bancilhon / Mandriva Blog:
An open letter to Steve Ballmer  —  Hi, this is François, from Mandriva.  —  I'm sure we're way too small for you to know me.  You know, we're one of these tiny Linux company working hard for our place on the market.  We produce a Linux Distro, Mandriva Linux.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word
Discussion: Gadget Lab and TechSpot News
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
New Release: Tumblr 3.0 & Interview with Founder on Read/WriteTalk  —  For the most recent episode of Read/WriteTalk I sat down with David Karp, the founder of Tumblr.  Tumblr is a platform that makes it easy to create Tumblelogs - which Wikipedia defines as: … Tumblr is announcing a number of new features today.
Discussion: Compiler, Read/WriteTalk and Epicenter
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
First Pics of Bug Labs Open-Source Hardware  —  I keep hearing more and more buzz about open-source hardware.  One of the most ambitious open-source hardware startups is Bug Labs.  The company is creating a Lego-like hardware platform that tinkerers and engineers can use to create their own digital devices.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs BUGbase and BUGmodules hands-on
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MacBooks to Santa Rosa, GMA X3100; 2.6GHz MacBook Pro  —  As rumored, Apple has quietly updated the MacBook tonight to the Santa Rosa architecture with mild speed bumps and the GMA X3100 integrated video.  —  White 13.3"  —  $1099.00 2.0GHz/1GB RAM/80GB/Combo/GMA X3100
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro quietly updated
John Biggs / New York Times:
A Computer That Works With Google, Not Microsoft  —  Advocates of Linux, the free open-source operating system, like to say that buying a standard-issue computer involves a Microsoft Tax, because you have no choice but to pay for Windows.  New versions of Linux and inexpensive hardware …
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Microsoft upgrades its Office for Mac upgrade offer  —  Correction 2:10 p.m. PDT: This blog initially misstated the savings for buyers of Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher edition if they choose to upgrade to the 2008 Special Media Edition.  The savings would be $350.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, MacUser and WinBeta
 
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Reuters:
Carphone sees 10,000 iPhones sold 1st day
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 Earlier Items: 
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Audio glitching - Common under Vista, not so bad under other OSes
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Advocacy group to FCC: Comcast's traffic blocking defense is bogus
Verizon:
Verizon Plans Fivefold Increase in HD Channels on FiOS TV …
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PurpleYogi, the 1999 personalization company, finally hits pay dirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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