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11:45 PM ET, November 4, 2007

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
An Open Facebook API vs Google OpenSocial  —  Probably about 5 months ago I had a conversation with someone at Facebook about licensing their API.  —  The beauty of Facebook, as opposed to Myspace and other social networks is that the people on there are for the most part who they say they are …
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Google's OpenSocial looks more like hype than substance  —  Having been on holiday, I missed the excitement over Google's OpenSocial, but at least I'm in time to observe the inevitable backlash.  Having read the news reports, three things are moderately suprising.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Calendar first impressions: We do some "testing" of our own  —  While it isn't out "officially" yet, Windows Live Calendar popped up for the first time on Friday evening and it's been up steadily here ever since (but only on some accounts).  Some of our readers haven't been able …
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
PCs being pushed aside in Japan  —  TOKYO - Masaya Igarashi wants $200 headphones for his new iPod Touch, and he's torn between Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles.  When he has saved up again, he plans to splurge on a digital camera or flat-screen TV.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Carnegie Mellon wins the robotic Urban Challenge  —  Carnegie Mellon University has redeemed itself by winning the $2m first place prize in the DARPA Urban Challenge.  Stanford University took second and $1m, while Virginia Tech took $500k for third.  —  Six vehicles of the 11 vehicles finished …
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Michael Belfiore / Danger Room:
Carnegie Takes First in DARPA's Urban Challenge
Discussion: DailyTech and Ars Technica
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SNL's Take On The iPhone Ads  —  Remember the new iPhone ads that left us puzzled?  Saturday Night Live has a funny spoof on them that, frankly, tells a much more believable story.  No man purses in this ad.  — Sphere It -
Discussion: Sarah Meyers and WebMetricsGuru
Dick / Burning Questions:
Saturday Subscriber Count Drop?  —  If you saw your subscriber count drop precipitously in your Saturday, November 3rd summary from FeedBurner, the reason is that specific subscriber stats from Google Feedfetcher were offline because this service was apparently out late with friends on Friday night …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft delivers first test build of its online-offline sync platform  —  Microsoft posted for download on November 4 a first test build of what it's calling the Microsoft Sync Framework, technology that will allow developers to take their Web services and databases offline.
T3:
It's official: iPhone 1.1.2  —  We get some hands-on time with version 1.1.2 of the Apple iPhone firmware, courtesy of our UK iPhone.  —  In the UK, November 9th is D-day for everything iPhone.  One detail about this date strikes the fear of god into iPhone hackers, however …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gadgetell, Gizmodo, WinBeta and Digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone v1.1.2 breaks jailbreak — coming to the UK on Friday
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Steven Levy / Newsweek.com:
Google Goes Globe-Trotting  —  To train a new generation of leaders, the search giant sends young brainiacs on a worldwide mission.  —  Photos for Newsweek (from left): Z. Koren / Polaris; J. Silberberg / Panos; P. Blakely  —  Summer Abroad: (Left to Right) Baum at the Western Wall …
Discussion: Slashdot
Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism Prototype Now Available on Mac and Linux  —  We're happy to announce the Prism prototype is now available for Mac and Linux!  We're also releasing an updated version for Windows that resolves some of the issues users have encountered.  —  Download the Prism prototype for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Navisite Suffers Massive Failure, 1,000s of Sites Down  —  Applications services and managed hosting provider Navisite is in the midst of a massive outage as the publicly traded company attempts to consolidate its data centers.  Unfortunately, my sites (not this blog) and email …
Vindu Goel / Mercury News:
Vindu's View: Wireless Silicon Valley getting little support  —  The fate of Silicon Valley's ambitious but troubled project to blanket the community with wireless Internet services now rests on a single question: Does anyone believe in the vision enough to invest $500,000 for two pilot sites that would show us what the network can do?
Discussion: Ars Technica and DSLreports
BBC:
Britons sending 1bn texts weekly  —  Britons are now sending more than one billion text messages per week according to the latest figures from the Mobile Data Association (MDA).  —  The figure is 25% higher than a year ago and is set to shatter forecasts for how many text messages have been sent to and from handsets this year.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Warez Bust: MaGE Leader Sentenced to Prison  —  Last week, District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Justin Paul Emch for his involvement in the 'warez scene' - specifically an offense claimed to have been carried out when he was leader of the release group 'MaGE'.
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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PC World:
BlackBerry Users are Happiest, Study Says
Discussion: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
John Leyden / The Register:
AOL spammer gets two years in the slammer
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New Media Investor Alan Patricof: "This old guy can pick 'em," Fortune
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Graffiti as password: secure and memorable
Suzanne Nam / Forbes:
The Jonney Machine  —  Intel pushed and prodded.
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