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11:00 PM ET, November 2, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok Here's At Least Part Of What Facebook Is Announcing On Tuesday: Project Beacon  —  There has been endless speculation around the new advertising network that Facebook will be launching next Tuesday at ad:tech in New York.  —  There are at least two pieces to the network.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Breaking: Facebook's ads, and potential conflict with developers  —  A source has told us in some detail what Facebook will be launching on Tuesday, having seen and played with Facebook's offerings.  —  In a project code-named Pandemic, Facebook will remove the somewhat popular "sponsored groups" that advertisers can buy on the site.
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Music? Sort Of.
Discussion: All Facebook and Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook VC: No Rush For More $, Would Work W/Google  —  An update from Facebook investor and board member Jim Breyer: The company doesn't need to raise more money, won't go public for at least another 14 months, and isn't afraid of Google's OpenSocial platform — and may be willing to join it.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
What Google OpenSocial really means  —  When I wrote yesterday about the value-add of social networking, speculating that a "tool kit" might easily replace big sites like Facebook, I had no idea I was scooping myself.  —  In fact, at that very moment, our own David Berlind was being briefed …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Blake Commagere: Top Facebook app developer sizes up OpenSocial
Discussion: Valleywag and Somewhat Frank
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
50M Facebook users don't care about OpenSocial APIs
Don Reisinger / CNET
Say goodbye to Blockbuster  —  It looks like the bottom has finally fallen out of Blockbuster.  After numerous failed attempts at attracting new customers, the company has finally bit the bullet and is spiraling out of control.  Sad as it is, the end is near for Blockbuster and all that pressure …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset, the hyped search engine company, sees shakeup  —  Powerset, the "natural language" search engine company saying it wants to take on Google, has seen a shake up in its management.  —  The San Francisco company received substantial hype when it emerged last year saying it had found …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Powerset Looking for a New CEO
Discussion: Alt Search Engines and Valleywag
Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Management changes at Powerset
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Woe Is News: AP CEO Bemoans GOOG et al; We Respond  —  Associated Press Head Tom Curley bemoaned the state of his industry in New York last night, observing that rapacious Google, Yahoo (YHOO), et al, are taking honorable news gatherers to the cleaners.  Before Tom's speech, we actually thought AP …
Discussion: Bits and
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T intros new international iPhone data plans for $25 and $60/month  —  Perhaps in response to growing noise over international travelers trying to use their iPhones and being slapped with outrageous bills, AT&T has announced today new international iPhone data plans.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Ring-RingGoogle to Announce Phone Plans Monday  —  Amol Sharma reports on Google:  —  We wonÂ't have to wait much longer to hear from Google about its big plans in wireless.  The company looks set to make a splash in the mobile market on Monday, announcing an alliance with various handset makers …
The blogs of war: Engadget vs. Gizmodo  —  In the consumer-technology blogosphere, the battle between Engadget and Gizmodo has become an all-out smackdown.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — In the consumer-technology blogosphere, the rivalry between Engadget and Gizmodo is as lively as a big-city tabloid war.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ryan Block, BlogRunner and Blogcosm
Erica Ogg / CNET
Lenovo bids an early adieu to IBM brand  —  If you haven't already, say goodbye to that little IBM sticker on your ThinkPad.  —  Turns out, Lenovo doesn't need the reputable computer brand to sell its notebooks and desktops anymore.  Lenovo Chief Executive Bill Amelio said as much following …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Next Microsoft  —  Google shares rose above $700 this week, making the search giant worth more than Cisco, Intel, Apple, or IBM, but still less than Microsoft and General Electric, if just barely.  Is the company really worth that kind of money or is this just the effect of a bubble market?
Discussion: WinExtra
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla, Microsoft reps argue over the future of web scripting  —  The process of creating ECMAScript 4—the next-generation JavaScript dialect—has become increasingly acrimonious as major stakeholders argue about the future of web scripting.  The latest feud is between JavaScript creator Brendan Eich …
ICANN appoints successor to Vint Cerf  —  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sought to allay fears that come with leadership change as it announced a new chairman for the group, replacing the charismatic Vint Cerf.  —  ICANN elected Peter Dengate Thrush …
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
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ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Calendars Is Now Out!
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
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Discussion: Geek Speaker and Digg
Bill Clinton drops in at Microsoft to say thanks
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Quack attack: U of Oregon fights "unduly burdensome" RIAA subpoenas
Serena to offer free apps prototyping tool
Discussion: Business Week and Valleywag
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 Earlier Items: 
Laura Foy / Channel 10:
Microsoft Research: "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation"
Discussion: The Tablet PC
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Battle Turns Into Your Email "War"
Discussion: CNET and WebProNews
Chris Williams / The Register:
Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Releases Fix for iMac Freeze Issue, Updates MacBooks
Candace Lombardi / Crave: The gadget blog:
Who programs the search algorithm?
Discussion: Gizmodo
New York Times:
A Bitter Rift When a Boss Is the Buyer
Discussion: and Law Blog
PC World:
Everex Readies Sub-$300 Linux Notebooks
Tom Krazit / CNET
Leopard early adopters suffer for the rest of us