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4:15 PM ET, November 28, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Google's My Location, Who Needs a GPS?  —  Despite all the hoopla around location-based services, the fact of the matter is that a mere 15 percent of handsets have a built-in Global Positioning System.  Given Google's recent wireless push, one shouldn't be surprised that Google is releasing …
Discussion: CenterNetworks, MobHappy and Traffick
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps for Mobile Shows Your Location  —  The latest version of Google Maps for mobile phones has a new feature called "my location".  Instead of having to enter your location, Google Maps is able to find it.  If your phone has GPS support the location detection should be very good …
Google:
Google Announces Launch of Google Maps for Mobile With "My Location" Technology  —  Google today announced the release of version 2.0 of Google Maps for mobile, its innovative and widely used mobile mapping and local search application.  New in v2.0 is a beta version of Google's "My Location" …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Earth Heading Towards Extinction?  —  Google has announced two new features for Google Maps that mimic features in Google Earth, begging the question: is Google Earth on borrowed time?  —  The first new feature is the additional of terrain in Google Maps.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Google releases useful "my location" feature for cellphones
Discussion: Gizmodo, PC World and Gear Diary
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google Maps for mobile gains location-seeking abilities sans GPS
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
There's No Money In The Long Tail of the Blogosphere  —  In 2004 Chris Anderson wrote an influential book called The Long Tail.  In it, he argued that the future of business is to sell less of more.  The main premise is that collectively, things that are in rather low demand can amount to quite large volumes.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Laptops for kids group sued over keyboard design  —  A Nigerian entrepreneur based in Natick says the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge stole his company's design for a multilingual keyboard.  —  Ade Oyegbola, founder and chief executive of Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Nigerian Keyboard Company Suing OLPC for Patent Infringement [Bad News]
Discussion: Engadget and p2pnet
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
OLPC sued for patent infringement
Discussion: The Register, The Open Road and Xconomy
Google Blogoscoped:
What the Google Intranet Looks Like  —  What do around 16,000 Google employees stare at in the morning when they've arrived at the office?  They might be looking at Moma, the name for the Google intranet.  The meaning of the name of "Moma" is a mystery even to some of the employees working on it …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Is CondéNet's Web Approach Paying Off?  —  CondéNet today plans to announce it has struck a deal to distribute videos from its various Web sites, which cover topics such as food and travel, via YouTube.  It is the latest in a string of partnerships for the digital division …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Gadgets go cross-platform  —  Google is adding support for Google Gadgets in its Google Desktop for the Mac software.  Google Gadgets, as you probably know, are mini applications with dynamic content that offer quick access for things like newsfeeds and to-do lists.
CNN:
LinkedIn CEO: We'd only sell for "a helluva lot"  —  I sat down Tuesday afternoon in Mountain View, Calif., with Dan Nye, the newish CEO (he joined earlier this year) of LinkedIn.  That's the company that is like Facebook for grownups, a businessperson's social networking site.
BBC:
Carphone misleading over iPhone  —  Staff at the UK's biggest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, have been caught misleading customers about Apple's popular iPhone handset.  —  Undercover researchers from BBC One's Watchdog found staff made false claims about what would happen if a phone was stolen and hadn't been insured.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Cable Industry Wins Compromise on F.C.C. Plans  —  In the face of a lobbying blitzkrieg by the cable television industry, the Federal Communications Commission drastically scaled back Tuesday evening a proposal by the agency's chairman to more tightly regulate the industry.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Disney To Make Up To 20 Startup Acquisitions In Next 24 Months  —  A new group has been created within the corporate strategy group at Disney, we've heard, and they are gearing up to make a number of consumer Internet acquisitions over the next 24 months.  They're already in early stage discussions …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
AT&T quietly rolls out reasonably-priced unbundled DSL  —  Over the past month, AT&T has quietly started to offer reasonably priced unbundled "naked" DSL Internet service to customers around the country.  The company's website makes no mention of the service, nor do its Internet phone sales …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)  —  Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks).  This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007.
Discussion: The Open Road
 
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Micron reveals RealSSD lineup of 32GB / 64GB SSDs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft Left Out Of Black Friday Console Wars?
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft hit with $5 million lawsuit over Halo 3, Xbox 360 problems
Bonnie Cha / CNET News.com:
Verizon Wireless XV6800 finally sees the light of day
Discussion: Computerworld
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Asus resolves Eee GPL violation, releases asus_acpi code changes
Discussion: eeepc.asus.com and Digg
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel & Sony up, AMD down in year-end semiconductor horserace numbers
Discussion: Reuters and TECH.BLORGE.com
T_Korea / Telecoms Korea News Service:
LG Phone Battery Explosion Kills Korean
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and textually.org
 Earlier Items: 
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'Crackstation' Uses Game Console for Hacking
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Online Shoppers Spent $733 Million on 'Cyber Monday'
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Corbis Offers Free Photos to Bloggers - With a Catch
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF "Test Your ISP" Project
Discussion: WebProNews and p2pnet
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Don't Discount Apple's Bid for a Blockbuster Holiday
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Cellphone's slosh and rattle reveal its contents
France 24:
iPhone is launched in France at 749 euros
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Future of the Web coming fast and furious
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