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4:00 PM ET, November 6, 2007

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Crave at CNET UK:
Apple Tablet PC is real, says Asus  —  Crave hangs with people in high places — that's how we get exclusives and free food.  A few weeks ago we were having a civilised dinner with our friends at Asus and angling for cool stories when we were told in a very hushed manner: "Asus is helping Apple build a Tablet PC."
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple Tablet "confirmed" by Asus?  —  After a relative dearth of Apple rumors, Crave has resurrected the ol' Apple Tablet fiesta.  In fact, they claim to have received a hush-hush confirmation whispered across their meatloaf and pie.  The quote from some anonymous "friends at ASUS" …
Discussion: MacRumors and The Tablet PC
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
5 newspaper giants in talks about online ad network  —  Five of the nation's top newspaper companies are taking steps to create a national online advertising network they hope will help them recapture ad revenue leaking away from their print products.  —  Sources close to the situation said Gannett Co. …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Google chose the Apache Software License over GPLv2 for Android  —  Google finally entered the mobile software market by turning the 2005 acquisition of Android into the Open Handset Alliance.  Google hopes to promote third-party mobile software development foster a broad developer community …
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Going gaga over Google mobile
InfoWorld:
Symbian CEO: Android just another Linux platform
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging Facebook Advertising Announcement (Social Ads + Beacon + Insights)  —  I am at Facebook's social advertising announcement in New York City, where Mark Zuckerberg is about to take the stage and tell us all what we already think we know: Facebook is getting into the advertising business in a big way.
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Facebook's Announcement  —  Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch is liveblogging Facebook's announcement as I type this.  The first fifteen minutes were filled with soundbites from Zuckerberg about the social graph, how cool and popular Facebook is, the history of advertising and how revolutionary this announcement is.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I'm not happy with Leopard  —  I've given Leopard a chance, but it's pretty clear, this is not a good operating system release.  —  I've been out of the Mac loop for most of the last decade, just got back in a bit over 2 years ago.  I don't know if early OS releases are generally as crappy as this one …
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AppleInsider:
Apple set to begin testing of Mac OS X 10.5.1 Leopard, more...
Discussion: Odelbee, Gizmodo and Digg
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces first USB Mobile Broadband Modem  —  Sony Ericsson's MD300 is a mobile broadband USB modem that connects your computer to HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, or GPRS networks.  —  Sony Ericsson today announced the MD300, a state-of-the-art business tool that allows busy professionals …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony Ericsson reveals Web oriented K660  —  Today in London, Sony Ericsson announced the HSDPA K660 mobile phone.  It's been optimized for Web browsing and the nav key acts as a 'magnetic mouse pointer' that mimics your PC browsing experience.  You can even browse the Internets in landscape and zoom in on text and images.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies free enterprise-search product  —  Microsoft is expanding its family of enterprise-search products with a new, free, entry-level product, Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, which is due to ship in early 2008.  —  Microsoft made available on November 6 for download via …
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Enterprise Search To Go Free
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Phase: almost Guitar Hero on your iPod  —  Apple released iTunes 7.5 yesterday and one of the prominent new features is Phase, a game for the 5G, nano and classic.  Developed by Harmonix/MTV, the game is essentially Guitar Hero for your iPod.  That makes sense seeing as though Harmonix developed GH as well as the upcoming Rock Band.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
First Looks: MTV/Harmonix Phase
Andrew Lim / Crave at CNET UK:
The ten most addictive online flash games ever made  —  For some people online flash games are a passing distraction to fill the hours between lunch and home time.  For others online flash games are a passionate hobby that keeps glued to their monitors while they try and beat their last score.
Discussion: Crave and Slashdot
Karl / DSLreports:
Navisite Outage - Weekend server move goes badly...  Customers of hosting provider Navisite have been offline since Saturday.  The company recently acquired Alabanza, and over the weekend scheduled the migration of much of their equipment.  Like a similar nightmare for customers of Hostway last August …
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Navisite Turned Away a Web Hoster Seeking Server
Life on Top:
Jet powered firetruck  —  How about a firetruck with a jet turbine engine from a russian MIG fighter jet?  I wonder if that could catch some attention around town.  This monster houses the largest turbine motor in a land vehicle anywhere in the world.  This puppy has enough power to blow over a full sized SUV.
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Gizmodo
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:   Fire truck with MiG engine: insanity defined
Bloomberg:
Alibaba Shares Triple in Hong Kong Trading Debut  —  Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) — Alibaba.com Ltd., operator of China's largest online trading site for companies, almost tripled on its first day after an initial public offering in Hong Kong, making the stock four times more expensive than Google Inc. relative to earnings.
 
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Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Google and the wrongly jailed Indian Net surfer
Discussion: The Register
bizjournals:
OLPC begins laptop mass production
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Business Wire:
TheStreet.com Reports Third-Quarter and Nine-Month Financial Results
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Tests Alternative Google.cn Homepage
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Yahoo executives grilled by Congress over China policies: Live-blogging
Discussion: Threat Level and The 463
Lewis Page / The Register:
Pentagon: Our new robot army will be controlled by malware
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Online Makeover Biz Lets You Preview New You
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Whither mags?  —  Magazines won't die.  But I wonder how many new ones will be born.
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Monday Morning Quarterback: An Armchair Analysis of Videogame Sales …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Why Apple will be bigger than Google [IPhone]
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Is Google Afraid of Facebook?
Discussion: Got Ads?
Shawn Pogatchnik / Associated Press:
Microsoft expands in Ireland
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Some Nokia N95 and S60 Thoughts
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Five New iGoogle Themes
 

 
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The Financial Times Builds Up Its Semantic Publishing Infrastructure

 
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