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4:40 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.
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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.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google announces $10 million contest for Android devs, "early look" SDK
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Fortune:
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Al Gore joins Kleiner Perkins as a partner — to push green investments  —  Kleiner Perkins, the well-known venture capital firm that backed Google, Netscape, Sun, Amazon and many others, has always had a soft spot for politics.  —  Now the firm has added former Vice President …
Discussion: Go West and Valleywag
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.
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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 …
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 "top feature request list" leaked to the public
Discussion: The Tech Report
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.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CNET News.com
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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: Netly News, GigaOM, broadstuff and Valleywag
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 …
Waxy.org Links:
What next?  —  In case you haven't noticed, Waxy.org went into cryogenic sleep shortly after we were acquired as all my energy went into building and growing Upcoming.  I've missed writing and coding here badly, so I'm thrilled to make a second announcement:
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
James Robinson / Guardian:
Google turns to X Factor's Fuller for push into TV  —  Internet giant Google is in secret talks with Simon Fuller, the British entrepreneur behind the Spice Girls, about a joint venture that could change the way TV is watched over the internet.  —  News of the collaboration will prompt speculation …
 
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