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11:30 AM ET, November 1, 2007

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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
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Discussion: WebProNews, Slashdot and Digg
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PC Magazine:
Mandriva CEO Calls Out Microsoft's Ballmer  —  On Tuesday, Mandriva announced that it had won a hotly-contested contract to install its Linux distribution on top of 17,000 Intel-powered Classmate PCs in Nigeria.  —  On Wednesday, the Nigerian client told Mandriva that it would buy …
Discussion: The Open Road
Traci / Burning Questions:
AdSense Integrated with FeedBurner Site Ads  —  There's really nothing spookier than hollow, empty ad spaces rattling around your blog and/or web site, putting no cash in your pocket nor any extra hob- in your goblin.  Before you banish these underperforming idlers to some distant house upon a lonely hill …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google Is Courting Facebook Developers In More Ways Than One
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: screencast and screenshots  —  In yesterday's post, I described the new Open Social API, sponsored by Google and supported by a wide range of Internet companies including my company Ning.  —  In this post, I present a screencast and a series of screenshots that show Open Social in action.
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Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Is Apple's Leopard still in beta?  —  Mac users are hitting problems galore in Mac OS X 10.5  —  Even a casual glance across the Mac web in the last few days will reveal a litany of problems faced by users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.  —  Problems range from application crashes to login problems …
Jon Swift:
Facebook Declares War on the Blogosphere  —  Just as in earlier times a man was only as good as his family name, today we are defined by the social networks we belong to.  So imagine my horror when I learned that I have become a virtual bastard.  Earlier this week I logged into Facebook …
Joe Fay / The Register:
Privacy advos demand 'do not track list'  —  As web marketeers tune up for FTC privacy meeting  —  Everything you need to know about Virtualization at The Register's eSymposium  —  A coalition of US privacy organisations have demanded the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set up a "do not track" …
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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 …
Discussion: Open Source and Mashable!
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's worst nightmare [Brad Fitzpatrick]  —  Google's worst nightmare  —  Our spy cameras have penetrated the inner sanctum of the Googleplex!  Sneaking up on Brad Fitzpatrick from behind, we caught a picture of his "epic" Halloween costume.  "He is dressed as one of Google's largest fears!" an informant whispers.
Phil Shapiro / Community Voices:
Book Review - Google SketchUp for Dummies  —  Chopra, Aidan, Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2007  —  Remember when your high school English teacher explained that every word in the sentences you write needs to carry some meaning?  While the rest of us missed that point, Aidan Chopra was paying attention.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL Spreads Its Privacy Education Program  —  AOL announced a program that will help Internet users understand behaviorally targeted advertising, along with providing mechanisms for opting out of such targeting.  —  The company estimated it can reach 91 percent of the US Internet audience with its privacy education campaign.
Discussion: DSLreports, Rev2.org, AOL and AdAge
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Reuters:
Wi-LAN files suit against 22 firms  —  OTTAWA (Reuters) - Wi-LAN Inc (WIN.TO: Quote, Profile , Research) said on Thursday it has initiated litigation against 22 technology companies in two actions claiming patent infringement.  —  Wi-LAN, which licenses patents for telecom products …
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Nearly 150,000 installs of AppSnapp (iPhone 3rd party app/jailbreak tool) in 3 days  —  The demand for unofficial third-party applications on iPhones is, by at least one account, staggering.  AppSnapp, a Web-based script that jailbreaks (allows read-write access to the filesystem) …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
Scenes From Next Week . . .?  —  Value of Content Distributed Via Net,  —  Phone Is Big Issue as Writers' Strike Looms  —  As a possible strike by film and TV writers looms, one of the most contentious points is how much writers should be paid when their work is distributed digitally …
Discussion: Bits and New York Times
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Mac OS malware targets porn surfers  —  There's a new piece of malware out there targeting Mac users that takes advantage of the inclination to watch porn.  —  Intego, a Mac security software company, issued an alert Wednesday warning Mac users of the OSX.RSPlug.A malware, which it describes as a Trojan horse.
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BBC:
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Lev Grossman / Time:
Invention Of the Year: The iPhone
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Reuters:
Japan may track defense officials with GPS phones
Discussion: The Register, Engadget and Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blockbuster (BBI) Q3: Underperforming Low Expectations
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Revamps Price Plans To Integrate Mobile Web …
Discussion: DSLreports
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Bebo falls into 'Gap' with Endemol
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Discussion: Digg
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The Australian to use Wall Street Journal content
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Nick / Rough Type:
Mugr: from facebook to mugshotbook
Discussion: broadstuff
Nokia:
Simply for you - the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-101
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
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InfoWorld:
Experts skeptical of alleged Nov. 11 cyber jihad
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