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8:15 AM ET, November 5, 2007

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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
UPDATED:Web 2.0 Is On The Ropes. . . Kleiner Perkins Has Halted Investments  —  [UPDATED: With a reply from Tim O'Reilly, one of the persons mentioned in this article.]  —  Whenever I meet with VCs lately I've noticed they have a growing distaste for Web 2.0 startups.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Socialtext gets new CEO and $9.5 million in funding  —  Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield has stepped down as CEO of the enterprise wiki company and is handing the reins to Eugene Lee, a well-seasoned tech executive who has spend time at Adobe, Cisco, Banyan Systems and was a co-founder of Beyond Inc. (acquired by Banyan).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Money And A New CEO For SocialText  —  We reported in July that Palo Alto-based wiki startup SocialText was looking for a new CEO to help speed growth.  —  Tonight they are announcing their new CEO - former Cisco and Adobe exec Eugene Lee.  Founder and former CEO Ross Mayfield becomes Chairman and President of the company.
Discussion: The Open Road
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Socialtext Reloaded  —  Enterprise 2.0 software maker Socialtext, with a new CEO and $9.5 million in funding, prepares for Google's entrance into the world of wikis.  —  After spending five years trying to become the eminent Enterprise 2.0 software provider, Socialtext is ready for a new phase.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Socialtext offers "social software" to big companies, raises cash
USA Today:
Google enlists help for Google Phone  —  NEW YORK — Google (GOOG) today plans to announce the formation of an "open phone" coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone.  —  The new operating system, geared specifically for cellphones …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Mark Cuban, Facebook, and OpenSocial  —  Mark Cuban is, as usual, insightful when he describes the potential of Facebook profiles to be used as the basis for smarter social applications outside of Facebook.  His call for a truly open Facebook API is a must-read for anyone thinking about open social networks.
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Writers Begin Strike as Talks Break Off  —  A strike by Hollywood writers began in New York just after midnight Monday, and negotiators for screenwriters and producers broke off talks, according to the Associated Press.  —  More than 12,000 screenwriters represented by the Writer Guild …
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Techdirt:
Titanic Crew Strikes Over Deck Chair Arrangement  —  from the one-size-fits-all?  dept  —  As a professional writer who mostly writes for Internet publications, the news of the Writer's Guild strike is a bit of a culture shock.  There's no bloggers' guild negotiating a standard set of wages and residuals for bloggers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Kickstart, A New Social Network Around College Students And Alumni  —  Yahoo's advanced products group, led by Scott Gatz, is launching a new service this evening called Kickstart.  —  While immediate analogies will be drawn to Facebook, the service is actually much more like LinkedIn …
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Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
YAHOO KICKSTARTS A SOCIAL SERVICE AIMED AT COLLEGE GRADS
Discussion: innonate
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo FireEagle - A Platform Service For Geo Information  —  Yahoo isn't just announcing Kickstart this evening.  Salim Ismail's Brickhouse is announcing a very useful new platform service tonight tentatively called FireEagle, which is currently in closed alpha testing.
Discussion: GigaOM, ParisLemon and The Real McCrea
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung samples SATA II 2.5in SSD  —  Samsung has begun sampling a 2.5in notebook-oriented 64GB solid-state drive the connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics giant said today.  —  Comparing the product with an equivalent, 80GB 2.5in HDD …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Asus spills AMD 7-series chipset beans  —  Asus has jumped the gun on AMD's 7-series chipset announcement by unveiling today a pair of motherboards based on two of the as-yet-unannounced product family.  —  This morning, Asus posted details of its M3A32-MVP Deluxe and M3A mobos on its website.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Publishers See a Way to Track Their Content Across the Net  —  Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command.  But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit …
Discussion: FurdLog
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Things Turn Ugly in the 'Hacks vs. Flacks' War  —  Journalists often call publicists "flacks" and publicists call journalists "hacks," though rarely in earshot of one another.  But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided "lazy flacks" …
Discussion: Beet.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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Gadget Lab
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
gOS: Where Computers Are Headed?
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Associated Press:
Microsoft adds ESPN programing to Xbox
ChinaTechNews.com:
Samsung: Fighting Fake Chinese Phone Named Samsong
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Home Server launches hardware blitz for holidays
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and PC World
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Salesforce Lets Loose Digg-For-Ideas
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Navisite Suffers Massive Failure, 1,000s of Sites Down
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