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3:40 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 …
Mathew /
Facebook open to OpenSocial, VC says
Discussion: blognation
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.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
AP urges news industry to embrace online  —  NEW YORK - Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to "stop pining" for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.  —  Curley said in a speech that news organizations …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Woe Is News: AP CEO Bemoans GOOG et al; We Respond
Rafat Ali /   AP CEO Tom Curley Comes Out Firing Against Portals, Sort Of …
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.
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Powerset, the hyped search engine company, sees shakeup
Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Management changes at Powerset
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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: Engadget, Infinite Loop and
Daniel Drew Turner /   Apple Stealthily Updates Laptops
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 …
Discussion:, CrunchGear and Digg
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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).
Rohit / My Tech Rantings:
Orkut Sandbox - Initial looks  —  By luck Rajiv, got access to orkut sandbox.  Which is actually not accessible.  —  So we played with it for a while.  It is buggy and most of the applications didn't work... We also tried out the sample applications from the O)penSocial API tutorial, but those also failed
Discussion: WebProNews
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Writers Guild strike might help online entertainment?
Discussion: Ars Technica and IP Democracy
Candace Lombardi / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless Introduces New Nationwide E-Mail and Web Plans for BlackBerry
Discussion: Gadgetell, IntoMobile and Engadget
Report: Yahoo exec apologizes to U.S. lawmakers on China
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time