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12:50 PM ET, November 16, 2007

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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.
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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 …
CNET News.com:
Amazon to debut Kindle e-book reader Monday  —  Amazon is betting that e-books aren't a total e-bust.  —  On Monday, the online retail giant will unveil its Kindle e-book reader at a high-profile event in New York, an industry source told CNET News.com Thursday.
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Seiko High-Res Super-Thin EBook Reader [E-Ink]  —  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.  That's a lot of res on that 6.7-inch screen.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon e-book reader coming Monday
Discussion: Ubergizmo and TeleRead
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) Still Hallucinating About Online Ad Future?  —  Reuters reports that Microsoft (MSFT) division president Kevin Johnson added more detail to Microsoft's online ad ambitions at a UBS conference yesterday.  Specifically, he said that within 3-5 years, Microsoft's goal is to become …
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Reuters:
Microsoft aims to be one of "top two" in Web advertising  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. aims to be one of the top two players in the online advertising market in three to five years, a company executive in charge of the business said on Thursday.  —  Speaking at a UBS investor conference …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Picasa Web Integrates with Google Image Search  —  I've always wondered why Google prevents search engines to index a lot of user-generated content from its properties (photos uploaded to Blogger and Picasa Web Albums, public documents from Google Docs).  It's a strange decision …
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
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Matt / matthewbuckland.com:
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.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Web Sites Tear Down That Wall  —  Rupert Murdoch's announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal's Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
InternetRetailer.com:
As store sales hit the brakes, retailers look for holiday cheer online  —  This year's holiday shopping season won't be a sleigh ride through the park for retailers overall, but merchants in the online channel will have much to cheer, market forecasters are saying.
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AMD Sells 8.1% Stake To Abu Dhabi Investment Arm  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced that it sold an 8.1% stake in the form of 49 million newly issued common shares to a unit of Mubadala Development Co., an investment company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Robg / MacOSXHints.com:
10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar  —  One down, one to go?  Steve Miner somehow managed to figure out how to disable the translucent menu bar.  He posted a solution that involved editing a system-level plist, and then commenter Krioni came up with a one-line Terminal command.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Trends Reveals People's Predictability  —  Google Trends shows an interesting search popularity graph for the queries "turkey" (as in turkey the food, too) and "diet":  —  On North-American Thanksgiving day, the searches for a traditional dish for the festivity peak.
Discussion: Googling Google
Carlye Adler / Wired News:
The Man Behind the TheFunded.com'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.
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell's XPS ONE now on sale
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Baidu readies mobile search apps in answer to Google
Discussion: mocoNews.net
FORTUNE: Big Tech:
Nielsen: Facebook growth outpaces MySpace
Yiwyn / FORTUNE: Techland:
AdSense developer leaves Google
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3.0 may ship with a slew of "blocking" bugs intact
Discussion: Gizmodo and Asa Dotzler
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Vista SP1 release candidate goes out to testers
Discussion: DailyTech
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Garmin Pulls TeleAtlas Bid; Stock Soars
New York Times:
Led by Robots, Roaches Abandon Instincts
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple considering raise for Jobs?
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Connecting Data Using Google Spreadsheets
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is the VW Space Up! interface developed by Apple?
Discussion: Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In The Labs: 100 Gbps Over Copper
Business Week:
The Paperless Map Is the Killer App
Discussion: All Points Blog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
SNES Controller for Wii Makes Me Go So Nice [Retro Love]
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-crack race
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Web Videos Stealing TV Viewers, and Marketers