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5:25 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.
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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 …
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 …
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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 …
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: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
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 …
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  —  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 mathewingram.com/work
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.
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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
OpenSocial: Three Big Concerns
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: Ryan Block, Gizmodo and Blogcosm
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Microsoft Research: "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation"
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Who programs the Ask.com search algorithm?
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Daniel Drew Turner / eWEEK.com:
Apple Stealthily Updates Laptops
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Mozilla:
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