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11:50 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  —  The rumors were rampant about the pending upgrade; now the deal is done.  The Apple MacBook has finally moved to the Santa Rosa architecture with a healthy GMA X3100 video bump from the lethargic GMA 950 of yore.
Discussion: Switched and 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, Jeremy's Blog, 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
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: Mashable!
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can Google and Wal-Mart break the Microsoft desktop monopoly?  —  Despite the great hype, both here and elsewhere, over Everex' new "Google PC" this may be less than meets the eye.  —  Or it could be more.  —  It may be less because the Everex gPC TC2502 is not much of a computer.
Discussion: Ars Technica and CrunchGear
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 …
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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 …
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
PR Newswire:
Bankrate Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results  —  Total Revenue of $24.9 Million, Up 28% Over Third Quarter 2006  —  Net Income Increased by 332%  —  Adjusted EBITDA Increased 86% to $11.5 Million  —  Bankrate, Inc. (Nasdaq: RATE - News), today reported financial results …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung regains TV lead; Vizio back to No. 2  —  A sense of order has been restored to the TV market this quarter.  —  A few months after newcomer Vizio stunned the flat-panel television industry by ranking No. 1 in market share for the second quarter of 2007, the old stalwarts have reclaimed their positions.
 
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Louise Story / New York Times:
F.T.C. to Review Online Ads and Privacy
Nick / Rough Type:
McLuhan's web  —  My column in today's Guardian looks …
Discussion: Guardian
Reuters:
Wi-LAN files suit against 22 firms
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
Joe Fay / The Register:
Privacy advos demand 'do not track list'
BBC:
Wind-up lights for African homes
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Invention Of the Year: The iPhone
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blockbuster (BBI) Q3: Underperforming Low Expectations
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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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL Spreads Its Privacy Education Program
Juliet Macur / New York Times:
Rule Jostles Runners Who Race to Their Own Tune
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
FUTURE READING
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Nearly 150,000 installs of AppSnapp (iPhone 3rd party app/jailbreak tool) in 3 days
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia Adds Social Networking - But Does Search Need Social Networking Features?