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11:35 AM 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.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
technabob:
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Search Engine Land
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
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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.
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.
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
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Steve / miner49r:
Turn off Translucent Menu Bar in Leopard
live.psu.edu:
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 …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Picasa Web Integrates with Google Image Search
Brendon Chase / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Publishes Unreleased U2 Song
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 …
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
Led by Robots, Roaches Abandon Instincts  —  Many a mother has said, with a sigh, "If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?"  —  The answer, for cockroaches at least, may well be yes.  Researchers using robotic roaches were able to persuade real cockroaches to do things …
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Truphone phones a friend
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Anti-P2P college bill advances in House
Discussion: Techdirt, Slashdot and Releaselog
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
BBC:
China spying 'biggest US threat'
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In The Labs: 100 Gbps Over Copper
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung scandal revives image problems
Discussion: Engadget
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SNES Controller for Wii Makes Me Go So Nice [Retro Love]
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Switch gear  —  John Bardeen (left), William Shockley (seated) and Walter Brattain (right)
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-cracking race
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
USA Today to eliminate 45 newsroom positions
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / PDA:
Who really wants a phone that plays music?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Data as journalism, journalism as data
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Blowtorch Raises $50 Million to Launch a New Hollywood Studio
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