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9:50 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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Leyden / The Register:
AOL spammer gets two years in the slammer  —  Everything you need to know about Virtualization at The Register's eSymposium  —  A New Jersey man has been jailed for more than two years after he was convicted of sending millions of junk mails to AOL members.
 
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