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5:30 PM ET, November 7, 2007

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios  —  NEW YORK—In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning at the Media and Money conference hosted by Dow Jones and Nielsen, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner talked about writers as though they were a minority group that he didn't particularly understand well.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Michael Eisner: Strike is 'Insanity …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Ads  —  Today we announced an entirely new advertising solution for Facebook.  Right now, we want to make clear what's changing—and what's not—for you.  —  First of all, what's not changing:  — Facebook will always stay clutter-free and clean.  — Facebook will never sell any of your information.
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Associated Press:
Google maps find their way to gas pumps  —  The Internet giant will join with another firm to give directions at service stations.  —  Lost drivers soon will be able to Google for help at the pump.  —  As part of a partnership to be announced today, the online search leader …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Log Off and Get to Work  —  Turns out your bosses don't want you updating your social networking page at the office.  —  Web security firm Barracuda Networks polled 2,400 of its own customers and found that 50.2 percent block access to social networks MySpace and Facebook.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, WebProNews and Valleywag
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Employers shunning MySpace, Facebook  —  The Web may be the last bastion of uncensored speech, but things get a bit more locked down once you browse it from within the walls of your employer, according to a Barracuda Networks analysis of data contributed by thousands of its Barracuda Web Filter customers.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos  —  Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos.
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Fans shafted as Major League Baseball revokes DRM licenses
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL: Let's become an ad network before this really unravels  —  AOL acquired Internet advertising firm Quigo Tuesday in its latest move to transform itself into an ad network.  And given AOL's financial state the rejiggering is a good idea.  —  In a statement AOL said it acquired Quigo …
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Susanne Ault / Video Business Online:
HD DVD set-top player $99 sales moves units  —  Toshiba HD-A2 model sells 90,000 over weekend  —  The HD DVD format significantly pumped its installed base over the weekend, as dueling store clearances sold an estimated 90,000 Toshiba players, according to sources close to retailers.
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:   10 Things to Know When Buying an HD Camcorder [Shooting High-Def]
Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the 20%'ers  —  At Google, 20% time is core to our culture and today's Reader release incorporates features developed by two engineers in their 20% time.  Those two engineers would be us!  —  Steve Lacey: As a blogger I like to include a blogroll on my site so that friends …
Market Wire:
Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  SAN JOSE, CA—(MARKET WIRE)—Nov 7, 2007 — Cisco (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News)  — Q1 Net Sales: $9.6 billion (increase of 17% year over year)  — Q1 Net Income: $2.2 billion GAAP; $2.5 billion non-GAAP  — Q1 Earnings per Share: $0.35 GAAP (increase of 35% year over year);
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cisco bests estimates in first quarter
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
AMAZON TO HOST RED HAT LINUX ONLINE  —  Update: I added a lot more detail about Red Hat's ambitions and other moves.  —  Red Hat on Wednesday announced a significant departure from its current business plan, saying its flagship Linux product will be available on Amazon.com's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Mass production kicks off for XO laptops—finally  —  Following a number of delays, the One Laptop per Child Foundation's much-awaited XO laptop for needy kids has finally gone into mass production.  Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer …
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BBC:
'$100 laptop' begins production
Discussion: DailyTech and CrunchGear
Business Wire:
HP to Seek New Business Model for HP-branded Cameras  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it will seek an alternative business model for its HP-branded cameras and shift resources toward its Print 2.0 growth initiatives.
Chris Williams / The Register:
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran  —  Exclusive Yahoo! and Microsoft have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services as stronger US sanctions against the Islamic republic begin to bite.  —  Google has kept Iran as an option on the Gmail registration page, however.
Johansch / my.opera.com:
The power of the Web with Opera Mini 4  —  After three betas we're proud to release the shiny new Opera Mini 4 to the world.  —  We've done a lot with this new Opera Mini.  For example, we rewrote the entire code for Opera Mini 4 and added lots of improvements and new features to make the browser even better.
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
The verdict: Leopard spanks Vista, continues OS X's reign of excellence  —  This story caps off a truly comprehensive wave of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard coverage from Computerworld.  Our readers have asked for more operating system coverage, and we're delivering.
Martin Veitch / Inquirer:
Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI  —  INQ Interview Part 3 Gelsinger spills beans on graphics  —  FOR THE THIRD part of this exclusive interview with Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger, we talked about GPUs, how Intel considered buying ATI and nVidia, the OLPC laptop and the Tablet PC.
Discussion: Macsimum News and CNET News.com
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough: Bans Execs From Web Postings  —  from the common-sense-ain't-what-it-used-to- be dept  —  Over the summer, there was some press coverage over the news that the CEO of Whole Foods had, for years, been posting to Yahoo message boards about his company under a fake name.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Paramount and Warner Bros. market $3 DVDs in China
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Class-action charges Apple with illegally tying iPods to iTunes
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant iPhone jailbreak site offers many new features
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out
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FIRMWARE VERSION 2.00 - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
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Windows Live Messenger IM Control launched
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft antitrust argument cites Google's success
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows Live Drops Out of Beta, @live.com Email Addresses Available [Windows Live]
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Google's Game-Focused Advertising Initiative To Launch This Month
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