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10:10 AM ET, November 14, 2007


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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Inbox 2.0: Yahoo and Google to Turn E-Mail Into a Social Network  —  Ignore Orkut, OpenSocial, Yahoo Mash and Yahoo 360.  Google and Yahoo have come up with new and very similar plans to respond to the challenge from MySpace and Facebook: They hope to turn their e-mail systems …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Inbox 2.0 Makes Me Sad  —  Saul Hansell at the The New York Times is reporting that both Yahoo and Google are planning to use their email services as the core of their social networking strategy over time.  —  Of course, by social network, they mean Facebook and MySpace.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Says the Future Will be Modeled on Facebook  —  Saul Hansell at the New York Times gets some people talking at Google and Yahoo! for a write up today on the future of the inbox.  It's a good article, based mostly on words from Brad "Peanut Butter" Garlinghouse at Yahoo! …
Discussion: Practical Blogging
Direct Comparison of iPhone and Hard-Key QWERTY Phone Owners Indicates Higher  —  Text Entry Error Rate for iPhones  —  User Centric, Inc., a Chicago-based usability consultancy, finished a third and final study examining the user experience of Apple's iPhone.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
View Wall Street Journal Online articles from Digg  —  The Wall Street Journal Online is adding Digg buttons across the entire site, and you'll now have full (free) access to the articles submitted to Digg.  The Digg buttons have started appearing on articles tonight.  —  Digg on.
It's what cameras have become - the new Nokia N82  —  Nokia introduces a leading edge connected camera, navigation device and multimedia computer in one  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia unveils the Nokia N82, the latest multimedia computer optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity.
SanDisk Offers New Flash-Based Accelerator to Speed Up System Performance in Consumer Laptops and PCs  —  SanDisk Vaulter Disk, a PCI Express Module, Wins  —  2008 Best of Innovations Award From Consumer Electronics Association  —  SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today unveiled …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, The Tablet PC and I4U News
Market Wire:
VeriSign Refines Strategic Direction to Focus on Internet Infrastructure  —  Strategy Broadens Footprint in Core Businesses and Returns to DNA  —  VeriSign, Inc. (NasdaqGS:VRSN - News), the leading provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, unveiled new details …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Barack Obama to name a "Chief Technology Officer"  —  The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has given VentureBeat an exclusive look at his technology plan, which he plans to unveil officially tomorrow (Wednesday) before a visit to Google's headquarters.
Discussion: PE HUB and San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Founders To Take Big Money Off The Table  —  It didn't make a lot of sense when we heard that Automattic, the company that created the blogging platform and oversees the open source project, turned down a $200 million buyout offer.
Discussion: Odelbee, Mark Evans and Changing Way
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Google acquisition of DoubleClick rejected for now  —  PARIS: European Commission competition authorities refused Tuesday to approve Google's $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick, the Internet advertising company, and ordered a further review of the deal that could last till March.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
EU will investigate Google deal
Discussion: BetaNews and Slashdot
Christoph Oehler / Google LatLong:
Google Transit trip planning in Europe  —  We are very happy to announce the launch of Google Transit trip planner in Europe.  For quite some time, Google Maps has featured transit stop icons with helpful information like lines serving a station and next departures for many cities.
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Why Mahalo is Fundamentally Flawed  —  Jason Calacanis has a new videoblog called Mahalo Daily.  The show is starring Veronica Belmont.  [I'm a big fan of Veronica (Hi Veronica!)]  Unfortunately, I think Veronica will not be able to get much support for the show by working for Mahalo.
Liz Eraker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Senate helping make gov't more searchable  —  Let's say you're looking for some publicly available government information online.  Maybe you're searching for property records or background on your local school district.  Chances are, you'll start your quest not by typing in the URL …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Redefines the Clickable AdSense Area  —  Similar to what Google has been doing with ads in search results, they also now restricted the clickable area in AdSense (the kind of Google ads webmasters can include on their pages).  Instead of allowing a click to be triggered …
Rafe Needleman /
SIX APART IS FIXING FORUMS  —  Six Apart, which makes the Movable Type blogging platform and hosts the consumer blog sites Vox, TypePad, and LiveJournal, is releasing a new and very interesting update to its pro-level Movable Type 4 software: Integrated forums.
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Six Apart Reveals 'Community Solution,' Social Networking In A Box
Discussion: Web Strategy and Mashable!
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Associated Press:
Singapore's MobileOne phone operator eyeing acquisition targets, Apple's iPhone
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Silly Rumor Du Jour: Comcast And Clearwire; Also, Why You Don't …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: eSnips May Monetize Better Than Digg
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Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle offers a peek at social apps and Fusion
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch Shelton'08 low-cost desktop platform next year
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Brittany Sauser / Technology Review:
Stopping Cars with Radiation
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Russia Casts A Selective Net in Piracy Crackdown
Discussion: Techdirt
Janet Morrissey / New York Times:
AT&T to Sell Equipment to Monitor Workplaces
Discussion: Reuters and Rough Type
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: One-third of businesses to begin Vista deployments by mid-2008
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