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11:15 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: BetaNews
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook=Apple, Google=Microsoft  —  And no, by the title on this post I don't mean that Facebook is good and Google is bad (please see my previous post), or that Facebook is well-designed and Google is bloated and buggy.  Instead, I'm thinking about a line in Erick Schonfeld's post at TechCrunch …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google to open Orkut OpenSocial developer sandbox tonight  —  The campfire is burning tonight on the Google campus as the company prepares to launch a Orkut sandbox for working with the OpenSocial APIs.  Developers will be able register, get the docs and try out their code on the Orkut "container."
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
Discussion: GigaOM and Neowin.net
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 and Mashable!
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The New York Times Company:
NYTimes.com Launches Enhanced Technology Section  —  Redesigned Section Includes Content From Around the Web  —  NYTimes.com today launched an expanded and enhanced version of its technology section (www.nytimes.com/technology) with a different look, further aggregation of top publications …
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.
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:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Time names iPhone 'invention of the year'
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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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Google:
The UN, Google and Cisco Unveil Online Resource in the Fight to Decrease Global Poverty  —  MDG Monitor Tracks Progress to Development Goals  —  United Nations, 1 November — The United Nations, Google and Cisco today unveiled a pioneering online site that tracks progress towards decreasing global poverty …
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
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 …
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Verizon:
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