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4:40 PM ET, November 8, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Screenshots of first Googlephone app [Exclusive]  —  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.  Now, however, a source has leaked screenshots of WhatsOpen's secret project.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
First screenshots of application running on Google's Android platform?
Discussion: textually.org
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google must woo mobile app developers
Discussion: Engadget
Reuters:
Vonage loss widens, but settlement boosts shares  —  update Internet calling company Vonage Holdings on Thursday reported a bigger quarterly loss on litigation costs, but a legal settlement with AT&T raised hopes that such problems were coming to an end.  —  Vonage shares rose more than 21 percent …
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).
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for November 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: November 8, 2007  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: November 13, 2007  —  This is an advance notification of two security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on November 13, 2007.
IEBlog:
IE Automatic Component Activation (Changes to IE ActiveX Update)  —  Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages.  Some sites required users to "click to activate" before they could interact with the control.
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."
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blu-ray's DRM crown jewel tarnished with crack of BD+  —  One advantage that backers of Blu-ray have touted in the format battle with HD DVD is its extra helping of "unbreakable" DRM called BD+.  It's not unbreakable after all.  SlySoft, makers of AnyDVD, have released a new beta …
Discussion: Digg
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Blu-ray Phaser defends dorks from the HD DVD borg
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.
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 …
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.
Louis Hau / Forbes:
Redstone: 'If Content Is King, Copyright Is Its Castle'  —  He may look his age when he's not speaking, but when Sumner Redstone, the 84-year-old chairman of Viacom and CBS, starts talking about the shifting media landscape, you forget he was born when radio was a novelty.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Ars Technica:
How we got here  —  CableCARDs have an intriguing pedigree.  They come not from the cable industry, but from Congress, which in 1996 passed the massive Telecommunications Act and charged the FCC with (among other things) creating a more competitive market for third-party set-top boxes (STBs).
Discussion: CNET News.com
Macworld UK:
iPhone queue forming at Regent Street store  —  The first few people have formed an iPhone queue outside the company's Regent Street store  —  Jonny Evans  —  Apple will launch the iPhone in the UK at 6.02pm tomorrow night - and a queue is already forming outside its doors on Regent Street.
Discussion: CNET News.com, iLounge and Neowin.net
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
FreshBooks Goes the Extra Mile  —  FreshBooks is a billing web application that allows people to send, track and collect online payments.  I don't use FreshBooks (I generally have no one to invoice) and I don't know much about the Ontario, Canada-based company, but judging from their web site …
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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Cris Castello / Google LatLong:
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investor.shareholder.com:
LookSmart Announces Sale of FindArticles.com
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The iPod/iTunes link IS monopolistic
Discussion: MacUser and AppleInsider
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Record amount of private equity raised — gives entrepreneurs an upper hand
Yakov Sadchikov / blognation:
Welcome to Europe's Fastest Growing Internet Population
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
AT&T Asking For Trouble With Filtering Plans
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Senators want Justice Department to sue P2P pirates
Melissa Lafsky / Freakonomics:
Is Web Video Really Hurting TV?
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
"Set the Data Free"
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
An old hat with new tricks: Fedora 8 officially released
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Should Sell AOL To Yahoo (YHOO)
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ryan / Skype for Linux:
Skype 2.0 beta for Linux: the Great Revolution
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Pen Phone Design is Smallest Yet [Cellphones]
Chris Williams / The Register:
Surge in encrypted torrents blindsides record biz
Discussion: p2pnet
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo temporarily reinstates $400 lifetime subscription for Series3, HD
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Apple confirms international 1.1.2 iPhone update to Pocket-lint
 

 
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