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1:55 AM ET, November 28, 2007


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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Subverted search sites lead to massive malware attack in progress  —  Trojans, rootkits, password stealers hit users who click on a bad link after a search  —  A large-scale, coordinated campaign to steer users toward malware- spewing Web sites from Google and other Internet search engines …
Adam / SunbeltBLOG:   Malware redirects: The aftermath
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Attracts Dubai Cash  —  TOKYO — An investment company owned by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, bought a stake in Sony Corp., in the latest sign of the growing appetite for overseas investments by Middle Eastern investors.  —  Dubai International Capital said yesterday …
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Universal chief rues Apple's 'golden handcuffs'  —  We'd love to leave, but the money's too good  —  Watch online now - The findings of The Register's Virtualization Study  —  Universal Music Group boss Doug Morris, profiled in the current issue of WiReD, isn't the first person to regret a business arrangement with Steve Jobs.
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.
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
Online Video Ranking: MSN/Live Surge, Competitors Sink  —  This month's online video stack-up saw a major reshuffling with 3 of the Top 5 players trading places amid heavy shifts in traffic.  YouTube continued to outperform the market, growing 1% in October to 213M visits on nearly 52M unique visitors.
Discussion: LiveSide
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Yes, LinkedIn and News Corp. are working on a deal  —  A rumor surfaced last week, in Techcrunch UK, that News Corp. is looking at buying business networking site LinkedIn.  —  A well-placed source has confirmed with us that these talks are serious.  LinkedIn has declined to comment.
Discussion: Mashable!, ContentBlogger and cheezhead
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Highly Open Participation Contest: Horrible Name, Good Idea  —  Google has announced the "Google Highly Open Participation Contest," a new contest that aims to introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development.  —  The contest, announced …
Discussion: Googling Google and O'Reilly Radar
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Ensure a Fast Internet Connection When You Need It [Feature]  —  Your internet connection is an indispensable part of your life, but between BitTorrent, Xbox Live, web browsing, and VoIP, sometimes there's not enough bandwidth to go around.  But rather than running around the house shutting …
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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