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10:55 AM ET, November 16, 2007


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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 …
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 Thursday.
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.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
seiko epson creates hi-res e-ink display
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Picasa Web Integrates with Google Image Search
Business Week:
The Paperless Map Is the Killer App  —  Forget media downloads.  Cell customers really want GPS and navigation features  —  First, cell phones made the streetcorner pay phone obsolete.  Now they're doing away with the need to ask for directions.  A surge in phones with built …
Discussion: All Points Blog
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
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
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
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-crack 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.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Connecting Data Using Google Spreadsheets  —  A short video tutorial from Google reminds us that Google Spreadsheets has a lot of functions that pull data from the web: facts, financial information, feeds and other files.  You obtain interesting results when you use the result from a function as an input for another function.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In The Labs: 100 Gbps Over Copper  —  Copper, some telecom insiders joke, is like a cockroach - it never dies and keeps coming back.  Someone always comes up with a way to use the copper in a new sort of a way.  When we are all dreaming of a fiber to the home future, there comes …
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung scandal revives image problems
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: GameBrink.Com and Gadget Lab
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Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blowtorch Raises $50 Million to Launch a New Hollywood Studio
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Amazon PR: Neither Open Nor Social