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2:30 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Epicenter, Joe Duck and Technology Live
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Powerset, the hyped search engine company, sees shakeup  —  Powerset, the "natural language" search engine company saying it wanted 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 …
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Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Management changes at Powerset  —  In this posting, I want to talk about some significant management changes at Powerset.  The main changes are:  — Powerset is looking for a CEO to take the company to the next level of growth.  — I am transitioning my role from CEO to CTO.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Powerset Looking for a New CEO
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, GigaOM and Mashable!
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T whips up international iPhone data plan, also adding iTunes radio?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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.
ap.org:
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Woe Is News: AP CEO Bemoans GOOG et al; We Respond
Fortune:
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 and Ryan Block
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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).
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time  —  It's easy to dump ire on anlysts for getting it wrong so often.  What those guys do, however, is provide a particular service to particular people.  Interpreting what analysts say in terms of truth or falsity is to forget the real lesson …
Wi-LAN (TSX: WIN):
Wi-LAN Initiates Litigation for Patent Infringement  —  Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX: WIN) ("Wi-LAN") has initiated litigation against 22 major companies in two actions.  The companies include chip suppliers, equipment vendors and electronics retailers.  They are: Acer Inc., Apple Inc. …
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 …
New York Times:
A Bitter Rift When a Boss Is the Buyer  —  "We could fire you and the entire management team," the five directors wrote, "but that would not help our shareholders, customers or employees."  —  So they quit instead.  —  Corporate boards rarely confront their chairman so publicly …
Discussion: Law Blog
 
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
BBC Denies Secret iPlayer Deal With Microsoft
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PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless Introduces New Nationwide E-Mail and Web Plans for BlackBerry
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ChinaTechNews.com:
Google China: What's Up G?
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Ring-RingGoogle to Announce Phone Plans Monday
Reuters:
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