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10:55 AM ET, November 1, 2007

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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.
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
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Googlified
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 …
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.
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
Shaun Nichols / vnunet:
Phishing trojan targets OS X  —  Security vendor Intego claims to have found a new trojan attack that targets Apple's OS X operating system.  —  The OSX.RSPlug.A trojan allegedly disguises itself as a video codec that would provided access to a pornographic video.
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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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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
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Spammers For Ron Paul  —  from the who-knew?  dept  —  It's no secret that Ron Paul's candidacy for president has captured the attention of many technology-savvy voters.  This isn't all that surprising given Paul's libertarian views and the widespread support of libertarian ideals by many in the technology world.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
BlockBuster (BBI) Q3: Underperforming Low Expectations  —  Wall Street didn't expect much out of Blockbuster's (BBI) 3Q this morning, and the company delivered even less: Revenues of $1.24 billion (down 2% from Q2, down 5.7% y/y) and a 20 cent-per share loss (same as Q2, 5 cents worse than last year's loss) …
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Reuters:
Japan may track defense officials with GPS phones
Discussion: The Register, Engadget and Gizmodo
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Revamps Price Plans To Integrate Mobile Web …
Discussion: DSLreports
Wall Street Journal:
Scenes From Next Week . . .?
Discussion: Bits and New York Times
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Bebo falls into 'Gap' with Endemol
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Ten Ways to Avoid a Google Reputation Management Nightmare
Discussion: Digg
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
The Australian to use Wall Street Journal content
Discussion: TechCrunch
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Rule Jostles Runners Who Race to Their Own Tune
Nick / Rough Type:
Mugr: from facebook to mugshotbook
Discussion: broadstuff
 Earlier Items: 
Nokia:
Simply for you - the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-101
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
FUTURE READING
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FTC urged to regulate Internet user 'tracking'
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia Adds Social Networking - But Does Search Need Social Networking Features?
InfoWorld:
Experts skeptical of alleged Nov. 11 cyber jihad
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Pirates' Quest May Spell Trouble for BitTorrent
Brad Stone / Bits:
Still Waiting for Amazon's Kindle
Discussion: TeleRead and Engadget