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9:15 AM ET, November 2, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook: "We Have Not Been Briefed On OpenSocial"  —  When Google was asked during the press conference earlier today if they had invited Facebook into OpenSocial, the answer was "yes," and then changed to "we can't comment, followed by "we have reached out to virtually everyone in this space" …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Your Move  —  Not so fast, Mike.  The anti-Facebook coalition piling onto Google's OpenSocial platform does not constitute checkmate for Google just quite yet.  These are developer announcements.  No actual consumers have changed their social networking habits because of OpenSocial.
Dani Dudeck / Google:
MySpace and Google Join Forces to Launch Open Platform for Social Application Development  —  Collaboration on "OpenSocial" to Spark and Simplify Web Innovation  —  MySpace, the world's largest social network, and Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that they are joining forces …
Between the Lines:
Google to open Orkut OpenSocial developer sandbox tonight  —  The campfire is burning tonight on the Google campus as the company prepares to launch an Orkut sandbox for working with the OpenSocial APIs.  Developers will be able to register, get the docs and try out their code on the Orkut "container."
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
The hidden OpenSocial press conference (future of information sharing)  —  Google's OpenSocial announcement today suggests changes that may improve the future of social networking (click here for Dan Farber's coverage).  Hidden from view during the press conference, an improvised parallel …
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Checkmate?  MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)  —  Google may have just come out of nowhere and checkmated Facebook in the social networking power struggle.  —  MySpace and Six Apart will announce that they are joining Google's OpenSocial initiative.
Marc Andreessen /
Report from the front: Tonight's launch of Open Social
Discussion: Scobleizer
Mathew /
Facebook=Apple, Google=Microsoft
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   What will Yahoo and Microsoft do? Is Zuckerberg scared?
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Bebo and MySpace join Google Open Social
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New York Times' Blogrunner—A Techmeme Killer?  —  Last night, the New York Times quietly launched Blogrunner on the technology section of its main site.  Blogrunner was one of many techmeme copycat sites, until the New York Times bought it last year.  Like Techmeme, Blogrunner is a service …
The New York Times Company: Launches Enhanced Technology Section  —  Redesigned Section Includes Content From Around the Web  — today launched an expanded and enhanced version of its technology section ( with a different look, further aggregation of top publications …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New York Times Adds Techmeme-like Feature to Tech Section  — has today launched a new version of its technology section, which includes more aggregation of news from around the Web.  Of most interest perhaps is that its Techmeme-like news aggregator, Blogrunner, has been fully integrated into the Tech frontpage.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Robot in the Newsroom  —  I've written about technology for longer than I want to admit and blogged here since June, but one of the most fun tasks I've had in a long time has been working on improvements to the technology section of  Some of them went live this morning.
Discussion: broadstuff
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs BUGbase and BUGmodules hands-on  —  There's no doubt Bug Labs is getting closer to launching its open source modular gadget kits, but for those wondering when we'd see some physical hardware, today's your lucky day.  We got a chance to check out an early BUGbase unit and the full complement of BUGmodules.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
First Pics of Bug Labs Open-Source Hardware
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Weighs WiMax Unit Spinoff  —  One Option Under Review  —  Is Merger With Clearwire;  —  Plans Likely to Await CEO  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is weighing changes to its plans to offer high-speed wireless Internet service using WiMax technology, including a potential merger …
Joseph Smarr / Plaxo's Personal Card:
OpenSocial is now live on Plaxo Pulse  —  I just got back from Google's Campfire One event, where they officially launched the OpenSocial project.  As long-time advocates of the Open Social Web, we're thrilled that Google is leading this initiative, and even more thrilled that it's been received so positively!
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony XEL-1 OLED TV may hit US this year, sez Glasgow  —  We're sure you've been drooling over Sony's sexy little 11-inch XEL-1 OLED TV since the official launch last month, and though we thought that only the Japanese would be lucky enough to snap one up this year, Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow …
Discussion: DailyTech
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Sony US Prez Says Rolly, OLED TV Coming Soon, Plus Thoughts …
John Leyden / The Register:
Web security glitch derails  —  Everything you need to know about Virtualization at The Register's eSymposium  —, a UK website for buying train tickets, has a security bug, which means customers could be invited to submit credit card details over an insecure link.
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