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12:05 PM ET, November 8, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Screenshots of first Googlephone app [Exclusive]  —  Screenshots of first Googlephone app  —  Remember WhatsOpen.com, the stealth search startup that piqued Google cofounder Sergey Brin's interest last month?  Brin was so intrigued he told the founders to keep the company hush-hush.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google must woo mobile app developers  —  Google executives have a lot of work ahead of them as they court application developers skeptical of the search king's new open software platform for mobile devices.  —  Android, unveiled earlier this week, is touted as the answer …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
I Know Why Digg Hasn't Sold Until Now  —  So the chatter last night is about whether Digg will sell soon.  Valleywag calls it a rumor, Techcrunch says they should just sell, and the good Doctor yawns.  I believe that Digg will sell soon because they have reached their goal.  —  What was their goal?
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Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Research Note: Evil is in the DNA, Special Facebook Edition  —  "..."There are these small bands of people who are trying to take over the world," Yu said. "  This is so much more fun than working at a hedge fund or an investment bank.  ie, Gideon Yu, Facebook's CFO.  —  That's a really (really) important quote.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo temporarily reinstates $400 lifetime subscription for Series3, HD  —  Call it a quick holiday cash-in targeted at current TiVo owners if you must, but you're not about to kill our buzz about the fact that TiVo's resurrecting the greatly missed Product Lifetime Service (aka lifetime subscription) …
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
TiVo offers a temporary price break on its service fees  —  Just in time for the holidays, TiVo's making some temporary changes to its service fee structure.  For new TiVo buyers from now through February 2, 2008, service choices are as follows: … To reiterate: those pricing discounts apply …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Rachel Rosmarin / Forbes:
Fear Among Facebook Developers  —  LOS ANGELES -  —  Travel back in time six months to Facebook's last big event, at a warehouse in an artsy part of San Francisco, where scrappy independent developers were the apple of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's eye.  —  How things have changed.
Associated Press:
Microsoft CEO plays down Google threat in online business  —  TOKYO: Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, in Tokyo to launch the new Windows Live services, played down the threat of Google Thursday, denying the rival was ahead in any way but in online searches.
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Computerworld:
Google's Android just a press release, says Ballmer
Discussion: CrunchGear, InfoWorld and Slashdot
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Apple confirms international 1.1.2 iPhone update to Pocket-lint  —  In a meeting this morning with the UK Apple press team, it was confirmed to Pocket-lint that version 1.1.2 will be an international update on Friday 9th November for iPhone owners.  —  Although the time could not be confirmed …
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
'Internet van' helped drive evolution of the Web  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—If not for this nondescript, gray van with the letters "SRI" painted on the side, you might not be reading this article right now.  —  Parked feet from the entrance of the Computer History Museum here in the heart of Silicon Valley …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Encrypted E-Mail Company Hushmail Spills to Feds  —  Hushmail, a longtime provider of encrypted web-based email, markets itself by saying that "not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted e-mail, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer."
Markus Spath / blognation Germany:
YouTube Launches In Germany  —  Youtube has finally launched in Germany today. youtube.de redirects to de.youtube.com, but the site is fully localised, they run a special competition to welcome and hook up new German users, the Featured Videos are mostly in German and legal disclaimers seem to have been adapted to local laws.
Discussion: WebProNews, Daily Feed and Mashable!
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Pen Phone Design is Smallest Yet [Cellphones]  —  Pen Phone Design is Smallest Yet  —  There have been pen phone concepts before, even a few working products, but none as slim and small as this one sent us by an anonymous tipster.  He told us this "design A" is not a finished product yet …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
LookSmart (LOOK) Bombs: Bad News for GOOG/YHOO?  —  LookSmart had a terrible quarter, with advertising revenue growing only 4% year over year (this is Internet, remember, not TV).  It also stopped providing guidance (presumably because it doesn't have anything good to say).
Discussion: WebProNews and Business Wire
 
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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AMD announces FireStream 9170, first dedicated stream processor
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google overhauls Gmail under the hood
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