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4:45 AM ET, November 5, 2007

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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  —  Yahoo is set to launch Kickstart on Monday, a social network aimed at college students, alumni, and recruiters.  —  Yahoo already is experimenting with a general-purpose social network, Mash.  But whereas Mash will be for socializing …
Discussion: innonate and TechCrunch
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Web 2.0 Is On The Ropes. . . Kleiner Perkins Has Halted Investments  —  Whenever I meet with VCs I've noticed that there is a growing distaste for Web 2.0 startups.  The "Web 2.0" term, in connection with a startup, and as a collection of concepts, is very tired in this community.
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Socialtext offers "social software" to big companies, raises cash  —  Socialtext, the early wiki company, has raised $9.5 million in a third round of financing.  —  Socialtext is one of a number companies loading delivering "social software" to large companies, helping employees collaborate …
ChinaTechNews.com:
Samsung: Fighting Fake Chinese Phone Named Samsong  —  In cooperation with Beijing's Haidian and Fengtai Industry and Commerce Departments, South Korean mobile phone manufacture Samsung has identified 88 types of fake Samsung mobile phones in Beijing.  —  Beijing Haidian Industry …
Discussion: blognation and The Raw Feed
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 and The Real McCrea
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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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 …
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
Associated Press:
Microsoft adds ESPN programing to Xbox  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. has added college basketball and other ESPN programming to the growing lineup of video content available for download to its Xbox 360 video game console.  —  Microsoft and ESPN said people can purchase complete NCAA basketball …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Home Server launches hardware blitz for holidays  —  Microsoft's Windows Home Server is saying balls to its dicey launch year and rallying the troops for a holiday hardware blitz.  Its original hardware launch partner HP's on-sale-again-off-sale-again MediaSmart Home Server is officially …
Discussion: PC World
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
gOS: Where Computers Are Headed?  —  We reported Thursday on the gPC going on sale at Wal-Mart, a $199 bare minimum PC that runs a Linux package by the name of gOS.  Unlike some initial reports suggested, this isn't the long fabled Google Operating System, but the folks behind it most definitely had Google on their mind.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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