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5:45 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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Huge, Risky Wireless Plan Could Crush Cash Flow  —  In awe about how much Google has spent on capital expenditures in recent years?  ($3.9 billion in the last eight quarters).  You ain't seen nothing yet.  —  According to the WSJ, Google is indeed preparing to bid …
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 …
Henry Blodget / The Huffington Post:
Microsoft: Hallucinating...Or About to Buy Yahoo?  —  I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that Microsoft division president Kevin Johnson is not a moron.  I'm also going to assume that, when Johnson said yesterday that Microsoft plans to grow its Internet search share from 10 percent …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
J Allard: Microsoft's Plan to Be King of All Media  —  In November 1994, I had breakfast with Nathan Myhrvold, then the chief technology officer of Microsoft.  He talked about how the soon-to-be-introduced MSN online service would best America Online.  Central to his thinking was that MSN …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
J Allard: Dancing Around the Cellphone Question
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For Wikia Search; First Screen Shots Shown In South Africa
Discussion: ParisLemon and
Nick / Rough Type:
Look, ma, no servers  —  Robert Scoble notes the rise of "the serverless Internet company" that can launch and run a webwide business through the window of a browser.  He writes of a recent conversation he had with Max Haot, the CEO of Mogulus, a site that lets people produce and broadcast video programs:
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A first look at the Firefox 3 visual refresh for Linux  —  Mozilla ruffled some penguin feathers last month when the organization revealed that Firefox 3 would get an extensive visual refresh to maximize integration with Windows and Mac OS X, but not Linux.  After the decision was widely criticized …
Discussion: Compiler and Digg
Asa Dotzler:
ignorance or malice?  —  There are a number of blog posts out there …
Discussion: CyberNet and BetaNews
Matt Asay / CNET
Firefox 3.0 may ship with a slew of serious bugs intact
Discussion: Gizmodo
Yiwyn / FORTUNE: Techland:
AdSense developer leaves Google  —  By Yi-Wyn Yen  —  Gokul Rajaram, a high-ranking Google product manager who helped launch one of the search giant's most profitable ventures has left to start his own company.  —  "I've been having the itch to do something entrepreneurial for awhile now …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple considering raise for Jobs?  —  After years of drawing just a dollar in salary, Apple CEO Steve Jobs could be in store for a raise.  —  Apple filed its annual report for its 2007 fiscal year Thursday afternoon, and hinted in a section about executive compensation that Jobs could be in for some real money fairly soon.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Garmin Pulls TeleAtlas Bid; Stock Soars  —  Garmin (GRMN) shares are headed sharply higher this morning after the company pulled its bid to acquire Tele Atlas.  —  Garmin also said it signed a six-year extension to its agreement with Tele Atlas rival Navteq (NVT) to provide Garmin's GPS devices with digital maps.
Business Week:
The Paperless Map Is the Killer App
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Apple's Social Media Hell - Why it Needs to Repent  —  At the recent BlogWorld Expo, I discussed two companies that "get" social media and one that doesn't.  The two that get it were Nike and Dell.  Nike's excellent community efforts-especially Nike+-and Dell's efforts with forums and blogs …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon e-book reader coming Monday  —  Come Monday, it'll be all right.  That's when Amazon's e-book reader (tentatively called "Kindle") will be announced at the W Hotel in New York.  —  It'll supposedly cost $399, which means those of us who read casually will be stuck with paper books …
Discussion: Techdirt, Digital Trends and Ubergizmo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is the VW Space Up! interface developed by Apple?  —  Nice interior huh?  And how 'bout that 7-inch touchscreen display slapped onto the center console.  Pretty sweet right?  You're looking at the inside of VW's third iteration of their Space Up! — the Space Up! blue — just revealed at the LA auto show.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
FBN: "Apple Buying AMD!"  Wait, Scratch That.  "Abu Dubai!"  —  At 9:27 this morning, Fox Business Morning for Breakfast co-anchor Alexis Glick eagerly reported Apple (AAPL) had taken an 8% stake in AMD.  Fox's guest contributor, Charles Payne, immediately analyzed the deal and pronounced it a brilliant move for both parties.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell's XPS ONE now on sale  —  Shortly after being leaked, revealed, unclothed and paraded around in public, Dell's 20-inch XPS ONE is finally available to the masses.  Up now on company's webstore are four pre-configured systems, with the high-ender rocking a Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor …
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 …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My Chumby is here  —  A comment from Steve Tomlin, CEO of Chumby.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Apple vs. Google in open source mobility
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Sony Needs a Hero for PlayStation3
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Gabe Cohen / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
The past, present and future of email with Google Apps
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Gemma Simpson / CNET
Wi-Fi piggybackers confess
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Highlights for Tonight's TechCrunch MeetUp in Boston
Discussion: Beet.TV
Staska / Unwired View:
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and IntoMobile
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
DivX Bets Big on H.264, Buys MainConcept
Discussion: GigaOM
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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Picasa Web Integrates with Google Image Search
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Trends Reveals People's Predictability
Discussion: Googling Google
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Web Sites Tear Down That Wall