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12:00 AM ET, November 5, 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!
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Lets Loose Digg-For-Ideas  —  Just when you thought Digg cloning was dead, Salesforce has thrown its hat into the ring.  The company best known for their SaaS CRM is unleashing their Digg-for-ideas, "Salesforce Ideas", into the wild.  Although announced back in October, they are now releasing the product publicly.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Light Reading
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
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
 
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PC World:
BlackBerry Users are Happiest, Study Says
Discussion: Gizmodo and Neowin.net
BBC:
Britons sending 1bn texts weekly
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Warez Bust: MaGE Leader Sentenced to Prison
Discussion: 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:
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