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6:45 PM ET, November 30, 2007

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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Bid in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google Inc. announced Friday that it will apply to bid for wireless spectrum in a January Federal Communications Commission auction.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company had previously said it would probably bid for spectrum …
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Who's going to win the spectrum auction?  Consumers.  —  Posted by by Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives  —  Here at Google, we see the upcoming 700 megahertz spectrum auction at the Federal Communications Commission as one of the best opportunities consumers will have to enjoy more choices in the world of wireless devices.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Networks Collide  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson this week said what I have been saying since last July — that Apple and AT&T would soon introduce an iPhone that works with AT&T's faster 3G wireless data network.  I said it because I had heard last summer that AT&T was already testing 3G iPhones …
Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Google Will Apply to Participate in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.  —  As part of the nationally mandated transition …
Billboard.Biz:
A Tipping Point For MP3s  —  The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universal Music Group's lead in distributing music in the MP3 format.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Amazon 1 Billion MP3 Giveaway Offer; Under Pressure, Labels Warm To DRM-free Format
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you  —  Let's start this off this by stating there's more to this device than what will be listed.  This is just what's known at this point, although these details have yet to be confirmed as final specifications.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ironic, Yes, But Zuckerberg's Privacy Violated  —  [UPDATED with more information.]  —  So exactly why did Facebook unleash such a massive legal fury on 02138 magazine yesterday over documents the publication posted online?  —  Because, said sources, those documents-including an application …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?  [Rumor]  —  We've heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go.  That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were.
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameSpot editor fired, possibly for panning Kane & Lynch
Discussion: Joystiq, Valleywag and Game | Life
Zonk / Slashdot:
Game Journalist May Have Been Fired Over Negative Review
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
DSLreports:
Is AT&T Angry With Apple?  - Or did AT&T CEO just screw up?  —  This week AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson let it slip that consumers could expect a new iPhone next year that offered HSDPA wireless broadband support.  That's not a particularly bright move for the CEO of a massive telecom empire …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Nabs $60 Million Investment from Li Ka-shing  —  While a lot of people were beginning to doubt Facebook's ability to raise more money after getting a lofty $15 billion valuation following a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month, it seems the stakes are not too high …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook: What Would Google Do?  —  From its spare white layout …
Discussion: CNET News.com and eWEEK.com
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye  —  The time has come to say goodbye to Ed Zander, a dear friend of the CrunchGear family.  And by "dear friend" I mean a guy we mentioned six times, were you to search for "Zander" on our site.  —  We've had a great ride, huh?
Discussion: Epicenter and E-Commerce Times
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Uncovered: Evidence that Mac OS X could run Windows apps soon  —  Once Intel chips landed inside Macs and Boot Camp made its debut, it got a lot harder to blame rumor mongers for making a certain leap: Mac OS X could one day run Windows apps sans-Windows.  Indeed, projects like the open source Wine …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
DivX support, classic Xbox games coming in Fall Dashboard Update  —  On December 4.  Microsoft will unleash the 2007 Fall Dashboard Update on the throngs of waiting Xbox 360 users.  While the company has previously announced many of the features of this new update, a new one has just slipped out: DivX and Xvid support.
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Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa, then and now  —  It was more than half a century ago, on Christmas Eve in 1955, that a Sears Roebuck & Co. store in Colorado Springs advertised a special hotline number for kids to call Santa.  What the company didn't know at the time was that they had inadvertently misprinted the telephone number.
Discussion: Google LatLong
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Brian Heater / AppScout:
Google Helping NORAD Track Santa
Discussion: Mashable!
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail  —  In my last post on failure rates in early stage venture capital, I made the point that every portfolio is going to have failures.  I've made 32 direct investments (the deals I've sourced, led, and managed myself) over the past 17 years.
comScore:
YouTube Continues to Lead U.S. Online Video Market with 28 Percent Market Share, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  Nearly 2 in 5 U.S. Internet Users Watched a YouTube Video in September  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released …
Eric / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: OpenID commenting  —  Blogger in Draft now lets you enable OpenID-based commenting, in your blogs' Settings |  Comments tab:  —  (OpenID comments work in both the Anyone and Registered Users modes)  —  This means that users of OpenID-enabled services — such as LiveJournal and WordPress …
InfoWorld:
Google working to make Street View anonymous  —  In the face of ethical concerns, Google is considering changes to its Street View Google Maps feature that would protect the privacy of those it photographs.  —  When Street View is rolled out in Europe, Google will alter Street View photos …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
The Troubles With OpenID 2.0  —  Portland, Oregon's JanRain …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
AOL to Suspend Paid Downloads, Replace with Amazon Unbox
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The First Year of IE7  —  It's been a little over a year since …
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Google About to Kill Expired Domain Sales
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Nvidia to launch GeForce 9 series in February
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Sprint Is Said to Reject Offer by Investors and SK Telecom
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Studios' "Groundbreaking" Offer Rejected
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Tag Heuer plans watch phone for 2008
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rough seas nearly sink Facebook's Beacon
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Hackers re-poison Google search results
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