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6:30 PM ET, November 12, 2007


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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google's Android OS early look SDK now available  —  Just like the good folks promised, the early look software development kit for Google's soon-to-be huge phone OS has hit the streets... er, internet.  From what we can tell, the OS is as comfortable on larger, VGA devices as it is on more traditional smartphone layouts.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Releases Android SDK, $10M for Developers  —  The Google-led Open Handset Alliance has released the Android Software Development Kit (SDK).  The Android SDK needs an x86-based computer running Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; or Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake or later …
Steve Horowitz / Official Google Blog:
Calling all developers: $10M Android challenge  —  Last week we announced the Open Handset Alliance, a group of mobile and technology leaders committed to improving the mobile experience and Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices.
Microsoft Unveils Device Customization via New Zune Originals Store, New Zune Players Available Tomorrow  —  Microsoft partners with 18 renowned artists to fuse high style with portable entertainment.  —  Tomorrow, consumers ready for a richer, more connected and more personal entertainment experience …
Yahoo! Tech:
Hands-on Review: The New Zune
Discussion: and PMP Today
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
New Zunes get unboxed, reviewed, and Microsoft firms up plans
Discussion: Between the Lines
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Updates to Windows Vista available via Windows Update this week  —  As you probably know and as we've mentioned in previous posts, we use Windows Update to periodically deliver updates for Windows Vista.  We do this so that customers need not wait for a service pack or another or larger release …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 "top feature request list" leaked to the public
Discussion: The Tech Report
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Windows 7 feature request list leaks out
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Al Gore joins Kleiner Perkins as a partner — to push green investments
Discussion: Valleywag and Go West
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Google Options Make Masseuse a Multimillionaire  —  Bonnie Brown was fresh from a nasty divorce in 1999, living with her sister and uncertain of her future.  On a lark, she answered an ad for an in-house masseuse at Google, then a Silicon Valley start-up with 40 employees.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Adobe: Narayan To Succeed Chizen As CEO; Sees Q4 Revs At Top Of Range; Projects 13% FY '08 Rev Growth  —  Adobe Systems (ADBE) this afternoon announced that president and COO Shantanu Narayen will succeed Bruce Chizen as CEO effective December 1.  Narayaen will also join the Adobe board.
Business Wire:
Adobe Names Shantanu Narayen Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: Between the Lines
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Ultra-portable Apple notebook to splash down at Macworld Expo  —  Exclusive — Unlike last year, the annual Macworld Expo and Conference that rolls around in January will actually serve as a launch pad for some new Macs, including a chic and ultra-compact notebook design long under development by Apple Inc.
Yahoo! Launches New Program to Advance Open-Source Software for Internet Computing  —  Carnegie Mellon University First to Take Advantage of Yahoo!'s Large-Scale Hardware and Software Investments for the Open Source Community  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company …
Discussion: Bits and Yodel Anecdotal
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Announces Distributed Computing Academic Program
Discussion: WebProNews
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Cellphone Straitjacket Is Inspiring a Rebellion  —  First come the grumblings, then the torches and pitchforks.  —  Consumers have never been happy about their cellphone carriers and the services they provide — or refuse to provide.  But they also have hardly the means to do anything, except switch from one carrier to the next.
Dave Rigotti / Search Engine Journal:
Why You Need to Make a Facebook Fan Page for Your Website NOW!  —  When Facebook announced the Fan pages, there were a number of mixed reviews.  Some where hailing it and its integration to the new advertising platform and some hated it - claiming it was turning Facebook into Myspace.
Christopher Blizzard:
memory usage in firefox and gecko  —  For a long time there have been a lot of complaints about the memory usage in Firefox and anything else that used the Gecko engine.  And looking at the numbers for what Firefox would use for memory, they seemed valid.  But on the other side of the story …
Marc Andreessen /
Rebuilding Hollywood in Silicon Valley's image  —  Last week I posted a rather pointed polemic titled "Suicide by strike" in which I argued that the big entertainment companies were acting suicidally in picking a fight with the writers at precisely the wrong time.
Discussion: GigaOM, broadstuff and Netly News
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Barry Diller to Time Warner: Name Your Price for AOL  —  Q&A With IAC Chief in Wake of Spinoffs of Ticketmaster, HSN  —  Barry Diller is staking his future on the fast-growing, ever-changing online-advertising space.  —  His company, IAC, is spinning off four divisions into separate …
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