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2:25 PM ET, November 25, 2007

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Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Mobile Web: So Close Yet So Far  —  ON the surface, the mobile Web is a happening place.  There's the iPhone in all its glory.  More than 30 companies have signed up for the Open Handset Alliance from Google, which aims to bring the wide-open development environment of the Internet to mobile devices.
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
British iPhone Users Complain Of Serious Reception Problems  —  British iPhone buyers are in an online uproar over reception problems they're experiencing on the network of O2, Apple's exclusive service provider in England.  (No bars for iPhone Brits?)  —  The issue has come to light …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Slashdot
Tony Celeste / Tom's Guide:
Update: More Leopard Problems Plague Apple  —  Apple Leopard: From Questionable Customer Service To Questionable OS?  —  This is something I never thought I'd hear myself say - or maybe I should say, see myself type - about an Apple operating system: Mac OSX Leopard was released before it was ready.
Discussion: Channel 9 and robhyndman.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Refugees May Be Heading To Mixx  —  New startup Mixx, which went in to private beta just two months ago, may be finding itself with the right product at the right time.  Digg users, including top contributors, are showing an increasing amount of frustration with the Digg community, and many are leaving.
Francois Murphy / Reuters:
France set to cut Web access for music, film pirates  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Internet users in France who frequently download music or films illegally risk losing Web access under a new anti-piracy system unveiled on Friday.  —  The three-way pact between Internet service providers …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
If You P2P Download In France: No Internet For You  —  A pact between the French Government, French ISP's and the local music and film industry will see French users who download material from P2P networks losing their internet access.  —  French internet users will face a three strikes …
Discussion: Rev2.org and Digg
Chris Cadelago / San Francisco Chronicle:
Forget MTV - Apple's iPod ads are the new music-star makers  —  Nick Haley took just 30 minutes to pluck the Brazilian band CSS from obscurity and hurl it into the national spotlight.  —  In September, Haley paired the band's dance-pop song "Music is My Hot, Hot Sex" with his 30-second amateur video …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Open Letter From TorrentFreak To Brein  —  Here's what the MPAA has to say about what Brein did: "Piracy is the unauthorized taking, copying or use of copyrighted materials without permission.  It is no different from stealing another person's shoes or stereo, except sometimes it can be a lot more damaging."
Discussion: Digg
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Software piracy fight makes enemies  —  WASHINGTON - Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company.  A group called the Business Software Alliance had written him to claim that his 10-person architectural firm in Galveston, Texas, was using unlicensed software.
Discussion: WinBeta
exo.blog:
Windows XP SP3 Yields Performance Gains  —  After a disappointing showing by Windows Vista SP1 (see previous post), we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (v.3244) delivers a measurable performance boost to this aging desktop OS.
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Syria blocks Facebook in Internet crackdown  —  DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian users of Facebook said on Friday the authorities had blocked access to the social network Web site as part of a crackdown on political activism on the Internet.  —  "Facebook helped further civil society in Syria …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media and Mashable!
USA Today:
Despite filters, tidal wave of spam bears down on e-mailers  —  "Two years from now, spam will be solved."  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Why, in 2007, is spam worse than ever?  Let exasperated consumers count the ways: PDF spam.  MP3 spam.  Pump-and-dump spam.  E-card spam.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Joe Barr / Linux.com:
Skype's beta videophone for Linux looks pretty good  —  Skype recently released Skype 2.0 beta for Linux, which includes the ability to make video calls, a feature the Windows and Mac versions have had for some time.  I tried the beta on two systems running Ubuntu 7.10 …
 
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Opera Mini 4 surpasses one million downloads!
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