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12:20 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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What 'Open' Verizon Means: Less Than You Think
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Lisa Vaas /
Malware Poisoning Results for Innocent Searches
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
Adam / SunbeltBLOG:   Malware redirects: The aftermath
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 …
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
California powers the video game industry  —  Emmy Toyonaga of Electronic Arts in Redwood Shores works on a character for "MySims"  —  Is there something we don't do well in California?  Wine, technology, entertainment, agriculture.  Yeah, we got all those.  And if you didn't know already, we also lead the video game industry.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   ESA: Games industry an economic powerhouse, outgrew US economy by 4 to 1
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 …
Discussion: DailyTech and PR Newswire
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Social Design Reading List  —  Just in time for the holidays, I'm releasing a much requested feature here at Bokardo:  —  Social Design Reading List  —  Over the past few months, lots of folks have asked me for a social design reading list.  I started putting one together a while back …
Discussion: BlueBlog
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cyber Monday Sales: Exactly As Expected
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Nice, fat Xbox 360 back-compatibility update
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Dell Launches Quad-Core Precision T5400 and T7400 Workstations [Workstations]
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Open Web Awards Nominations: Social Search
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Internet Gets a Stock Index
Anne Broache / CNET
Net neutrality to get new life in Congress
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Feds cancel Amazon customer ID request
Discussion: WebProNews and Network World
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
Greenpeace slams Nokia, Nintendo in electronics guide
Discussion: Valleywag, Gizmodo and Ars Technica
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
FCC Chairman Gets Pants Pulled Down
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search 3.0: The Blended & Vertical Search Revolution
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
Seth Mnookin / Wired News:
Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves.  Now He's Giving Songs Away.
USA Today:
Widgets make a big splash on the Net