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1:20 PM ET, November 17, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Whoa: Adult FriendFinder May Have Been Acquired For $1 Billion+  —  The world's basest online dating site may have had a major liquidity event.  Palo Alto based Various, Inc., which owns AdultFriendFinder and scores of other sites, has been acquired, says a source with knowledge of the deal.
Tedmurphy / IZEA Blogs:
Google Goes after the Everyday Blogger  —  Last night Google decided to go after some of the bloggers in our network, reducing their PR from whatever they previously had to zero.  Once again Google has proved that PR has little to do with blog traffic, influence or relevance and everything …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost Bloggers Get Slammed By Google  —  If participating in PayPerPost wasn't questionable enough morally before, today it's now a poisoned chalice as Google has commenced punishing PayPerPost bloggers by completely removing their page rank.  —  IZEA (the new holding company for PayPerPost) …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
23andme: Evil Or The Way Of The Future?  —  23andMe, the genetics company founded by Sergey Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki will launch Monday with a service that will bring science fiction into reality.  —  23andMe will offer a genetic screening service for $999.
Discussion: Mashable! and New York Times
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Another EliteTorrents Uploader Facing 10 Years in Prison  —  Every few months it seems the FBI manages to come up with yet more people to charge in connection with Operation D-Elite - the joint ICE and FBI raids against the US-based BitTorrent tracker, EliteTorrents, in 2005.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
The Writers Strike And The Future Of The Net  —  The Writers Guild of America strike has been an interesting debacle to watch, complete with a host of issues the public might not have thought of before.  The inevitable convergence of the Internet and TV is one of them; the continued homogenization of American culture is another.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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.
Discussion: Bit Player and Beet.TV
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 …
Discussion: Marc's Voice and broadstuff
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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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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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
EarthLink Says No More Money for Existing Muni Networks  —  EarthLink drops another bombshell: They hired Rolla Huff to sort out their future business, and his message from the start was steely eye, bottom line, get things on track for the future in an industry in turmoil.
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.
Discussion: /Message
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Freetards turn on Google  —  Well it has been a long time coming but the freetards are finally starting to wake up to the fact that Google is not really part of their club.  Or, rather, that Google belongs to their club when it suits them but not always.  Check out this story on Wired.com …
 
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google confirms Adsense ads, security problems in Facebook applications
Discussion: Mashable!
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
There is No Free Lunch  —  My mobile phone rang this week …
Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Surprise! Dell releases XPS One today
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Half-Life 2 game statistics live
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