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8:35 AM ET, November 16, 2007


 Top Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Google Has Even Bigger Plans for Mobile Phones  —  Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones.  But that's far from the limit of the Internet giant's wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.
Discussion: IP Democracy, GigaOM and Engadget
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Ready To Bid For Wireless, Maybe  —  Lots of stories have swirled over the question of will they or won't they bid in the FCC's 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, but Google now looks like a lock to pony up some cash.  —  If Google bids for the 700MHz spectrum, they could do so with …
Carlye Adler / Wired News:
The Man Behind the's VC Slagfest Reveals Himself to Wired  —  The door swings open before I have a chance to knock, and I get my first glimpse of the man known to thousands only as Ted.  At 6'5" in socks, he is squeezed into the door frame of his midtown Manhattan loft.
Business Week:
Social Networking with the Elite  —  Tired of the Web masses?  Now you can find your own gated communities on the Net—if they'll let you in  —  Are you on the digital A-list?  It's no longer enough to get invited to exclusive conferences or be asked to join professional organizations …
Brendon Chase / CNET
U2 previews unreleased track on Facebook, snubs MySpace?  —  Bono has given the creators of Facebook app iLike a sneak preview of U2's upcoming re-release of the Joshua Tree, which will feature previously unreleased tracks.  —  Wearing his trademark sunglasses Bono, the lead singer of U2 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Publishes Unreleased U2 Song
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Apple admits to 'misleading' Leopard firewall settings  —  Apple has fessed up to at least three serious design weaknesses in the new application-based firewall that ships with Mac OS X Leopard.  —  The acknowledgment from Cupertino comes less than a month after independent researchers threw cold water …
Discussion: Scobleizer and CNET
Matt /
Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?  —  At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa's top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the "first screenshots" of his new project on search.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Seiko High-Res Super-Thin EBook Reader [E-Ink]  —  Seiko High-Res Super-Thin EBook Reader  —  More E-Book News, this one a prototype from Seiko Epson, makers of the cool E-ink watch.  The device's form factor is at least as thin as Sony's Reader, but it has a 1200x1600 display.
Discussion: technabob, Gadget Lab and PalmAddicts
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon PR: Neither Open Nor Social  —  Is Amazon supporting Open Social?  If they are, that would be big news.  If they have decided not to, that would be big news too.  We reported last night that Amazon was announcing support for the Google-led protocol, along with a number of other smaller announcements.
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-cracking race  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Bletchley's code-breaking effort shortened the war by many months  —  An amateur cryptographer has beaten Colossus in a code-cracking challenge set up to mark the end of a project to rebuild the pioneering computer.
Study shows Google favored over other search engines by webmasters  —  University Park, Pa. - Web site policy makers who use robots.txt files as gatekeepers to specify what is open and what is off limits to Web crawlers have a bias that favors Google over other search engines …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Web Videos Stealing TV Viewers, and Marketers  —  WHY are fewer viewers watching the new fall television series?  Perhaps because they are too busy watching video online.  —  As broadband service becomes more available at home, the growing prevalence of video programming on the Internet …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Social Media
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Switch gear  —  John Bardeen (left), William Shockley (seated) and Walter Brattain (right)  —  Sixty years ago two scientists would start a month of experiments that would come to shape the modern world.  —  The period of work by John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, working under William Shockley …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
USA Today to eliminate 45 newsroom positions
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / PDA:
Who really wants a phone that plays music?
Jason Dunn / Pocket PC Thoughts:
iPAQ 100 Series Classic Handheld Unboxing & First Impressions
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Mobility Site
Game gear  —  Games like Crysis can demand high-specification hardware
Readership Institute:
Data as journalism, journalism as data
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Apple: More iPhone Features Coming
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Moola Opens "Massively Multiplayer Rewards Game" to Public
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blowtorch Raises $50 Million to Launch a New Hollywood Studio
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Striking Writers Point Out Viacom Hypocrisy; Claiming Online Video …
Discussion: WebProNews and Boing Boing
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
"Ungated" New York Times Brings Record Visits in October …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard on Eee: A match made in heaven?
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Radiohead's Low Price Might Mean Higher Profit
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune 80 scarcer than a Wii, Microsoft blames popularity
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Who is Blogging and Why? Is the Blogosphere in a Digestion Phase?
Discussion: Blogging Pro and Valleywag
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
WebKit 3's ten new tricks
Discussion: CyberNet, Compiler and 9 to 5 Mac
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon 'Customers Vote' deals are outstanding