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7:25 AM ET, November 5, 2007


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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.
Clint Boulton /
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  —  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 …
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).
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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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:
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and
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.
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
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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