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9:30 PM ET, November 27, 2007

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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless To Introduce 'Any Apps, Any Device' Option For Customers In 2008  —  New Open Development Initiative Will Accelerate Innovation and Growth  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced that it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Verizon Went Open & What It Means  —  The about-face taken by Verizon Wireless today when it said it will open up its network and platform is, at first blush, a good thing for consumers and developers.  But I just got off the company's conference call, and there are certain details that have left me with eyebrows raised.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Wireless Says 'Bring Your Own' Device  —  Verizon Wireless has stunned the wireless world by announcing that by sometime next year it will open its network to "any apps, any device."  —  There is a lot of fine print, but the essence appears to be that Verizon will offer two flavors of service …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What 'Open' Verizon Means: Less Than You Think
Discussion: WebProNews
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
My Our Maps  —  The My Maps feature of Google Maps lets people create maps to share their hobbies and expertise with the world.  For example, a surfing enthusiast could map out their favorite surf spots or a surfing club could plot all the best beaches in Southern California.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New Terrain Layer in Google Maps  —  There's a new tab in Google Maps: "terrain".  The view combines street maps with visual information about terrains.  Elevation data is not limited to geographic features like mountains, but it's also displayed for buildings.
Google LatLong:
Explore new terrain  —  We've noticed that many people build customized maps using My Maps and KML to help others see the planet in a new light.  We've seen everything from maps of hiking trails with pictures taken along the way to a guide to the world's mountain peaks.
Discussion: Google Earth Blog and Googlified
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's Cyber Morning After: A Case Of Merchant's Wrath  —  [YHOO Loading...  (%) ] ! better break out the hammers and nails.  There's a lot of fence-mending the company needs to do.  The day after the so-called Cyber Monday where online merchants usher in their own holiday shopping seasons …
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Rich Riley / Yodel Anecdotal:
Cyber Monday into Resolution Tuesday  —  By now you have probably heard about the problems that many of our small business merchant customers experienced yesterday.  Unfortunately, the system outage occurred at one of the worst possible times, and despite our concerted efforts to fix the problem …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's Cyber Monday mess finally fixed
Discussion: Epicenter
Seth Mnookin / Wired News:
Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves.  Now He's Giving Songs Away.  —  It's Monday afternoon, and Doug Morris, chair and CEO of Universal Music Group, is eating lunch in his private dining room at the company's Manhattan headquarters.  Morris hasn't been here much in recent months …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Universal chief rues Apple's 'golden handcuffs'
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Brightcove Gives Up on Consumer Video  —  Brightcove has never really been more than a half-hearted consumer video play, opting instead to function as a content distribution network for a large number of high profile media partners.  Today Brightcove informed members of its Brightcove.TV site …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Brightcove: We Change Our Business Model So You Don't Have To...
Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Service to Store Users' Data  —  Google Inc. wants to offer consumers a new way to store their files on its hard drives, in a strategy that could accelerate a shift to Web-based computing and intensify the Internet company's competition with Microsoft Corp.
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
GDrive Pending Once Again?
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Valleywag and BloggingStocks
Google:
Google's Goal: Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal  —  Creates renewable energy R&D group and supports breakthrough technologies  —  Mountain View, Calif. (November 27, 2007) - Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced a new strategic initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources …
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Unlocked iFones from Orange cheaper than T-mo  —  I'm sorry but an unlocked iPhone is not worth $1,500, which is what T-mo in Germany is selling the precious for.  It'd be a lot cheaper to have someone visiting the US pick one up or just find someone on Craigslist to do it for you.
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Reuters:
Rebate opens up German iPhone market
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Apple 2.0
USA Today:
Widgets make a big splash on the Net  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For nearly a decade, GarageBand.com was the quintessential struggling Web company, barely hanging on as it burned through $17 million.  —  Until widgets.  —  Since it developed a widget, one of the mini-Web applications now flourishing …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Hacker defaces temples to OS X  —  A self-described Apple user, presumably fed up with the smug superiority of "Mac," the hipster mascot featured in the ubiquitous "Get a Mac" commercials, is targeting OS X enthusiast sites with defacements that accuse them of excessive fanboyism.
Discussion: Apple Matters and The Mac Observer
 
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Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
Online Video Ranking: MSN/Live Surge, Competitors Sink
Discussion: LiveSide
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Open Web Awards Nominations: Social Search
Discussion: Mashable!, 901am and bub.blicio.us
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Internet Gets a Stock Index
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality to get new life in Congress
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Ten foot arcade screen has 145 games, Wii adapter
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
California powers the video game industry
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
SHARE BIG VIDEOS WITH OTHERS INSTANTLY WITH SEETOO
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Feds cancel Amazon customer ID request
Discussion: WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Craig Rubens / NewTeeVee:
Online Video: Is It Really Interactive?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How to Structure Microsoft - Yahoo Deal (MSFT/YHOO)
Discussion: Bits
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Dell Will Sell Google Search Appliance, Mini
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
FCC Chairman Gets Pants Pulled Down
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New plastic optical fiber could solve the "last mile" conundrum
Discussion: DSLreports and The Korea Times
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search 3.0: The Blended & Vertical Search Revolution
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Michael Kanellos / Crave: The gadget blog:
Will the Wii be a set-top box?
Discussion: ParisLemon
Adam L. Penenberg / biz.yahoo.com:
All Eyes On Apple  —  This promises to be a joyous holiday season …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and MacUser