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10:35 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.
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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 /
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.
Rob Mead /
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 …
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Mac OS malware targets porn surfers
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:   Anti-Virus On A Mac?  —  Every other week, I host a Security …
Ivan / creativebits:
Mac OS X viruses and trojans
Discussion: Technovia
INTEGO SECURITY ALERT - October 31, 2007
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Is Courting Facebook Developers In More Ways Than One
Discussion: Googlified
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
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.
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.
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
FUTURE READING  —  Digitization and its discontents. … In 1938, Alfred Kazin began work on his first book, "On Native Grounds."  The child of poor Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn, he had studied at City College.  Somehow, with little money or backing, he managed to write an extraordinary book …
Discussion: The End of Cyberspace
Anne Broache / CNET
FTC urged to regulate Internet user 'tracking'  —  Updated at 3:22 a.m. PDT: Two public-interest groups are asking the U.S. government to target what they claim are "invasive" online marketing schemes—especially those involving social-networking Web sites or targeting children and teenagers.
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) …
Discussion: PR Newswire and
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Rule Jostles Runners Who Race to Their Own Tune  —  At the peak of the marathon season, with one of the year's biggest races set for Sunday in New York, a worry has emerged among some runners, and it has nothing to do with hitting the wall at Mile 20: Will Beyoncé be there to push them to the finish?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia Adds Social Networking - But Does Search Need Social Networking Features?  —  Semantic search engine Hakia has just released a new social networking feature, called Meet Others (MO).  The basic idea is to "meet others" who asked the same query.  This is something I've never seen …
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Revamps Price Plans To Integrate Mobile Web, Per-MB Data Charges [Cellphones]  —  Up until now, Verizon Wireless has charged people with any America's Choice plan $5 per month extra to use the Mobile Web for any reason, and has charged airtime minutes while you use it.
Discussion: DSLreports
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