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4:25 PM ET, November 2, 2007


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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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer: Extra $500 Million Round For Facebook A "Total Fiction"  —  When Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the company, a rumor quickly spread, which we noted, that some hedge funds were about to put in another $500 million.  Since then I've been trying …
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 …
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.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
50M Facebook users don't care about OpenSocial APIs  —  There are 50 Million Facebook users who don't know what OpenSocial APIs are...and don't care.  There are about 5,000 tech bloggers and developers who think it is a revolution that will "Checkmate" Facebook and leave them with no moves.
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.
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
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia Internet push slips in music, gaming  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia's move into Internet operations faced headwinds on Friday, as the cell phone maker postponed the start of its gaming service due to software testing delays, and Warner pulled its songs from Nokia's music shop.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Powerset Looking for a New CEO  —  Natural-language search startup Powerset is going through some growing pains.  Barney Pell is stepping down from the CEO spot.  He will now become the CTO, and he and Powerset's board will conduct a search for a new CEO.  Powerset's other founder and COO …
Discussion: Barney Pell's Weblog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset, the hyped search engine company, sees shakeup
Discussion: Search Engine Land
PC World:
Everex Readies Sub-$300 Linux Notebooks  —  After introducing a $198 Linux desktop this week, PC vendor Everex said it will bring Linux laptops under $300 to users next year.  —  The laptops will come with 12.1-inch to 17-inch screens and run the GOS version of the OS, built on Ubuntu Linux 7.10.
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: Ryan Block and Gizmodo
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Releases Fix for iMac Freeze Issue, Updates MacBooks  —  Apple provides a fix for its iMac and updates its MacBook notebooks  —  DailyTech reported in early October that some iMac users were experiencing freezing problems with their machines.  The root cause of the freezes was traced …
Discussion:, TechBlog and Macworld
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple posts fix for freezing iMacs
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Mac Observer
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 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website  —  Everything you need to know about Virtualization at The Register's eSymposium  —  The BBC's technology boss Ashley Highfield has provoked consternation in the UK's open source community by claiming that only a few hundred …
Discussion: BBC Internet Blog and open
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:   BBC Denies Secret iPlayer Deal With Microsoft
Daniel Drew Turner /
Apple Stealthily Updates Laptops  —  The MacBook family sees architectural gains while the MacBook Pro has the option of a faster CPU.  —  These things usually happen on Tuesdays, but Apple quietly refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop lines Nov. 1.
Laura Foy / Channel 10:
A visit with Microsoft Research: "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation"  —  18 months ago, House Calls for Healthcare Professionals showed viewers something from Microsoft Research called "Play Anywhere"; a technology that allowed users to manipulate images projected on a table with nothing more than their hands.
Discussion: The Tablet PC
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Server OS Numbers at Issue
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Kevin Courtney / Napa Valley Register:
Free Wi-Fi for Napa deal dies
Yahoo in apology on China
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Battle Turns Into Your Email "War"
Discussion: WebProNews
Rohit / My Tech Rantings:
Orkut Sandbox - Initial looks
Discussion: WebProNews
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Mobile Assembly  —  Vendors and developers scramble to find …
Discussion: Download Squad
CBS News:
Tom Perkins Regrets Quitting HP Board
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Writers Guild strike might help online entertainment?
Discussion: Ars Technica and IP Democracy
Candace Lombardi / Crave: The gadget blog:
Who programs the search algorithm?
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Robot goat feeds on gambler misfortune
New York Times:
A Bitter Rift When a Boss Is the Buyer
Discussion: Law Blog
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Welcome to the suck: roundup of Doritos XBLA finalists
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Firefox Release Notes
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The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time

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