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6:50 AM ET, November 17, 2007

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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 …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
J Allard: Dancing Around the Cellphone Question
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone Malware Demo Freaking Me Out, Man [Apple]  —  Maybe it's the eyes.  Don't be too alarmed, but this video shows the iPhone being accessed by terminal using a program installed by a webpage.  Since the program, like all unofficial apps, runs as root, they've got access to data stores for mail …
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Fast Company:
Hacking the iPhone … While researching Fast Company's December/January cover story I ran across a startling claim: some computer security professionals were boasting that they could turn an iPhone into a piece of spyware that can intercept a target's voice mail and e-mail, hijack its Safari browser …
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.
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Abu Dhabi Buys Major Stake in Chipmaker AMD  —  The investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, Mubadala Development, announced on Friday it has purchased an 8.1 percent stake in the world's second largest chipmaker, AMD.  The deal, which includes a $622 million cash infusion for AMD in exchange …
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Future of Business Networking  —  In the heyday of the Facebook hype (it seems so long ago now!), Facebook was going to eat LinkedIn's lunch.  Based on recent experience, I don't think so.  —  I recently had reason to use LinkedIn seriously, using my existing network to tap …
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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 …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Caught in Apple restart hell
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Comcast Slapped With Net Neutrality Suit  —  The suit follows complaints to the FCC that the broadband provider is violating network neutrality principles.  —  Comcast's alleged network traffic discrimination continues to create legal woes for the company.
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Bob Tourtellotte / Reuters:
NBC brings Web series "Quarterlife" to TV network  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBC on Friday said it will begin airing the highly touted Web series "Quarterlife" on its television network early next year, making the program the first to originate online and then move to a major U.S. broadcaster.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My Chumby is here  —  I've activated my black leather Chumby named Robusto, and as I write this, it's downloading a software update through wifi.  —  First impression: This is a breakthough device, kind of like the Cobalt Qube was in the mid-late 90s.  —  1. They use BitTorrent to distribute updates.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Will the Credit Crunch Inflate the Internet Bubble?  —  Professional social network PartnerUp has surveyed 862 real estate, mortgage, and financial workers about their intent to start their own businesses following this summer's subprime mortgage financial crisis.
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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:
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 …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
There is No Free Lunch  —  My mobile phone rang this week as I sat in the car rental bus at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.  The Caller ID information read only "202."  I get a lot of calls that say "unknown" or "restricted," but "202" was a new one for me.  Who could it be?
Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Surprise!  Dell releases XPS One today  —  Dell sent us a Dell XPS One for review last week and asked us to hold off publishing the review until it releases its first all-in-one PC next Monday.  Then—surprise!  —Dell gets a little trigger happy and puts it up for sale today.
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Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
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Google Goes after the Everyday Blogger
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google confirms Adsense ads, security problems in Facebook applications
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Sony Needs a Hero for PlayStation3
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Computerworld:
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Gemma Simpson / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi piggybackers confess
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A first look at the Firefox 3 visual refresh for Linux
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