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1:50 PM 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: CNET News.com, 9 to 5 Mac and Switched
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
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 …
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player: $100, this Friday, Wal-Mart  —  Still waiting to jump into the high def disc game?  Or just wanted another weaker, cheaper player for the last-gen TV you phased out to your rumpus room?  Well, whatever your reasons, some (not all!)
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
HD DVD Player to Break $100 Mark on Friday
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 …
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   News flash: Apple computers can crash
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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is Facebook the next Netscape?  —  Marc Andreessen's Ning team has put together a screencast and screenshots of OpenSocial in action.  He notes that the examples are a little light on social functionality at this point, but they are working on getting user's friends information and ctivities feed into the applications.
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: screencast and screenshots
Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Tool to Check Search Results?  —  Just a note : I've photoshopped the screenshot, so the numbers are real but not for "www.ffp.asso.fr" ;-)  —  Tom, does that include all numbers displayed alongside www.ffp.asso.fr, or just the GG Score?  —  the bottom lines are real, but they are not related to the results.
Discussion: PC World and Valleywag
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Ad Network Spending Spree  —  Big Internet companies have been snapping up ad networks to boost ad revenue.  Now Specific Media plans to join the M&A frenzy  —  The wave of dealmaking engulfing the online advertising sector isn't over yet.  The most recent evidence came Nov. 1 …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
No Joke: NBC Expected to Shutter DotComedy  —  NBC Universal plans to shut down its stand alone comedy venture DotComedy.com in the near future, according to sources with knowledge of the company's plans, eventually folding the site's content and traffic into NBC.com.
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.
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:
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Don't track Internet surfers by default, says FTC official  —  A Federal Trade Commission official on Thursday issued a warning of sorts to Internet companies: Stop collecting information about your users by default, and give them shorter, more conspicuous details about what's going on with their data.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Bits and Mashable!
 
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W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
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Business Standard:
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A dangerous conflict of interest between Firefox and Google
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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PR Newswire:
Bankrate Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Phil Shapiro / Community Voices:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Spammers For Ron Paul
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
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Wall Street Journal:
Scenes From Next Week . . .?
Discussion: Bits and New York Times
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Ten Ways to Avoid a Google Reputation Management Nightmare
Discussion: Digg
Anthony Grafton / New Yorker:
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Nearly 150,000 installs of AppSnapp (iPhone 3rd party app/jailbreak tool) in 3 days
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo