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10:20 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" …
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 …
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 …
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."
Discussion: OpenSocial API Blog and Scobleizer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's OpenSocial: Strategy, money and the art of war, err APIs  —  Google rolled out its OpenSocial initiative-along with nearly every big social networking player not named Facebook-and the response was fairly overwhelming.  Developers and techies tend to do that, but Google's OpenSocial effort goes well beyond a bunch of APIs.
Marc Andreessen /
Report from the front: Tonight's launch of Open Social
Discussion: Scobleizer and Beth's Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Your Move
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   What will Yahoo and Microsoft do? Is Zuckerberg scared?
Mathew /
Facebook=Apple, Google=Microsoft
Discussion: ParisLemon and
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 …
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Robot in the Newsroom
Discussion: broadstuff
Report: Yahoo exec apologizes to U.S. lawmakers on China  —  A senior executive at Yahoo has apologized for misleading U.S. lawmakers on the company's cooperation with a request by China for details on a journalist who was later jailed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday in its online edition.
Discussion: PDA and Search Engine Land
Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
Become a Power User  —  As a web developer how we retain, organize, and use information is a high priority.  One web application that has revolutionized the way I retain information is  —  I originally used it just to save the occasional link.  I realized that it's much more than that.
Shimon Sandler / SEO Consultant:
NEW: "Google MDS" - Manager Defined Spend  —  This is so new that there is no documentation on this anywhere I can find.  —  My Google team is hot for me to get on this, and I think it's a great product enhancement.  —  A MDS is essentially a MCC (My Client Center).
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 …
Remarks by Tom Curley President and CEO/Associated Press Knight-Bagehot Dinner  —  Madi Reddy is a 22-year-old resident of Hyderabad, India, with ambitions to rise above his hereditary caste.  He's a newshound, investing time every day turning the news into diagrams on a whiteboard in his small apartment.
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!
Stefanie Olsen / ZDNet:
Can Facebook feed its ad brains?  —  Facebook is now valued at $15 billion by many estimates.  Soon the young company will have to prove it's really worth it.  —  Next week in New York, Facebook is expected to unveil its new advertising strategy on the heels of an expanded advertising partnership …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Leopard early adopters suffer for the rest of us  —  I can't decide whether early adopters are saints or fools.  —  Mac OS X Leopard, the latest version of Apple's operating system, turns one week old today.  An estimated 9 percent of the Mac OS X installed base had already signaled …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Discussion: and Digg
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony XEL-1 OLED TV may hit US this year, sez Glasgow
Discussion: DailyTech
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Unboxing the Asus Eee PC
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
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Web security glitch derails
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Seagate to repay customers over inaccurate gigabyte definition
Discussion: Slashdot
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Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time
Discussion: Digg
Jayongg / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
Shadow Homescreen
Martin LaMonica / CNET
IBM offers 'green' certificates to data center power misers
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Nissan Builds Internal MySpace While Sun Builds Internal Second Life
Discussion: Network World
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bug Labs BUGbase and BUGmodules hands-on
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WordPress Launching Theme Marketplace
David Karp / Davidville:
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