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7:10 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 …
Discussion: Joe Duck
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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.
Discussion: Anshu's Blog and Read/WriteWeb
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Why Google Turned Into a Social Butterfly  —  FACEBOOK is an island.  A most convivial island, with one's classmates, friends, workmates and family members close at hand.  An island that since May has been enlivened with entertaining fauna and flora in the form of minisoftware applications.
Discussion: Social Media
John Markoff / New York Times:
I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone  —  A RETINAL scanner emitting a blue glow monitors the entrance to Andy Rubin's home in the foothills overlooking Silicon Valley.  If the scanner recognizes you, the door unlocks automatically.  (The system makes it easier to deal with former girlfriends, Mr. Rubin likes to joke.
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, Gizmodo, Gadgetell, WinBeta and Digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone v1.1.2 breaks jailbreak — coming to the UK on Friday  —  When we first got our hands on the UK iPhone back in September, it was already running the 1.1.1 firmware.  The same firmware which helpfully bricked a number of hacked iPhones Stateside upon later release.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Devices Enforce Cellular Silence, Sweet but Illegal  —  One afternoon in early September, an architect boarded his commuter train and became a cellphone vigilante.  He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said was "blabbing away" into her phone.  —  "She was using the word 'like' all the time.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New Media Investor Alan Patricof: "This old guy can pick 'em," Fortune  —  Earlier this week, I interviewed venture capitalist and longtime media investor Alan Patricof at the paidContent future of business media conference at the Waldorf.  —  Alan's fund is paidContent's sole investor.
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 …
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
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Graffiti as password: secure and memorable  —  One of the largest security challenges many organizations face come from the most basic aspect of security: user passwords.  Humans simply have a limited capacity to remember otherwise insignificant streams of letters and digits; as a result …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
NYTimes Blogrunner v. TechMeme  —  On Thursday we covered the official launch of the NY Times Blogrunner product.  Blogrunner was specifically positioned as a Techmeme-like blog news aggregator, albeit with a human touch to help pick good stories when the algorithm isn't quite up to the task (Techmeme is 100% algorithm based news).
 
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Mod My Life Has Control Issues
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Old College Try: Who Will Give Students Their Facebook Back?
Discussion: CNET News.com
John Leyden / The Register:
AOL spammer gets two years in the slammer
Discussion: Reuters
Suzanne Nam / Forbes:
The Jonney Machine  —  Intel pushed and prodded.
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VAIO UX490 (finally) announced and on sale
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Antone Gonsalves / TechWeb:
LCD, Plasma TVs Found Highly Reliable
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Microsoft Denies Nigerian Linux Scam
Discussion: The Open Road and Slashdot
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Masked thieves storm into Chicago colocation (again!)
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Best Buy Replaces Backordered $99 Toshiba HD-A2s with HD-A3s
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