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12:35 PM ET, November 5, 2007

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Andy Rubin / Official Google Blog:
Where's my Gphone?  —  Despite all of the very interesting speculation over the last few months, we're not announcing a Gphone.  However, we think what we are announcing — the Open Handset Alliance and Android — is more significant and ambitious than a single phone.
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Google:
Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices  —  Group Pledges to Unleash Innovation for Mobile Users Worldwide  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.; BONN, Germany; TAOYUAN, Taiwan; SAN DIEGO, Calif.; SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (November 5, 2007) — A broad alliance of leading technology …
New York Times:
Google Makes Its Entry Into the Wireless World  —  Google took its long-awaited plunge into the wireless world today, announcing that it is leading a broad industry alliance to transform mobile phones into powerful mobile computers that could accelerate the convergence of computing and communications.
Discussion: USA Today and Gizmodo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google reveals some of its mobile gang  —  Google outlined some of the participants of its Android mobile software in a media alert a few minutes ago.  —  Google detailed a noon (ET) conference call for the Open Handset Alliance, an alliance of more than 30 partners.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Google Announces Android and Open Handset Alliance
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gizmodo
BBC:
Google pushes into mobile phones
Discussion: Roam4free
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
The Gphone is more like an open source cell phone alliance
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
IACI To Break Into 5 Companies (Thank Heavens)  —  The break-up can't come quickly enough for this hodge-podge, dead-in-the-water conglomerate.  Release after jump.  —  IAC Announces Plan to Spin Off HSN, Ticketmaster, Interval and LendingTree as Four Publicly Traded Companies
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Hollywood Writers Strike: A Chance For Millions Online To Bloom  —  Hollywood film and television writers go on strike today in a move that will slowly cripple the big media production machine.  —  The strike relates to demands by writers for higher residual payments for DVD sales and internet downloads …
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Techdirt:
Titanic Crew Strikes Over Deck Chair Arrangement
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:   Suicide by strike
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace To Announce Self-Serve Hyper Targeted Advertising Network  —  MySpace will announce plans to introduce a new advertising platform, "SelfServe by MySpace," at Ad:Tech Monday.  The service itself will launch to a limited set of advertisers in the next sixty days.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MySpace gets 'Hyper' with targeted ads
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Microsoft:
Microsoft Commits to November Release Date for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5  —  Microsoft expands interoperability options for partners, delivers new innovations with Microsoft Sync Framework and Popfly Explorer releases.  —  Today, during the keynote address at Microsoft TechEd Developers 2007, S.
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft readies Visual Studio 2008
Discussion: CNET News.com
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Dell Buying EqualLogic for $1.4B  —  Dell looks to boost storage offerings and offer preinstalled virtualization.  —  In a move that will help it expand its storage and virtualization offerings, Dell announced Nov. 5 that it will acquire storage startup EqualLogic for $1.4 billion.
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Dell:
Dell Plans to Acquire EqualLogic
Discussion: VentureBeat and Direct2Dell
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: Insider Chatter and FurdLog
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.
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 / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Kickstarts a social service aimed at college grads
Discussion: Epicenter and Lifehacker
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Phoenix HyperSpace Bypasses Windows With Fast-Boot Technology  —  There's absolutely no reason you should be waiting the three-plus minutes it takes your computer to boot up Windows, says Woody Hobbs, CEO of Phoenix Technologies.  And indeed, if Hobbs has his way, you may not have to endure those waits much longer.
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
 
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