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3:55 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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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 …
Official Google Blog:
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 …
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 …
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
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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PR Newswire:
Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Dave Carpenter / Associated Press:
Motorola CEO Ed Zander to Step Down
Discussion: Gizmodo and dailywireless.org
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techlog and localmobilesearch.net
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 …
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.
Louise Story / Bits:
The Evolution of Facebook's Beacon  —  Facebook keeps tweaking its new Beacon advertising program, which tracks users' actions on sites other than Facebook.  The program sparked a petition from MoveOn.org Civic Action that has won the support of 50,000 Facebook users.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rough seas nearly sink Facebook's Beacon
Discussion: Salon, PC Magazine and The Idea Shower
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Make Some Software Better, Get Arrested For Copyright Infringement  —  If you look into the history of innovation, you realize that it's all built on the works of those who came before.  The single biggest key to innovation is to try to do something better than what's already been done.
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Juliet Ye / Wall Street Journal:
Debate Over IM Add-Ons in China
Discussion: Against Monopoly
 
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Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa, then and now  —  It was more than half a century ago …
Discussion: AppScout and Google LatLong
Bloomberg:
U.S. Stock-Index Futures Rise; Citigroup, General Motors Gain
Discussion: Epicenter and iLounge
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Digital Photo Frames Pique Searcher Interest
Discussion: alarm:clock
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Nvidia to launch GeForce 9 series in February
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Xbox 360 Fall Dashboard Update detailed: DivX, XBLA Hits, and more
comScore:
YouTube Continues to Lead U.S. Online Video Market with 28 Percent …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Testers see Windows XP passing Vista
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Studios' "Groundbreaking" Offer Rejected
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
Discussion: DSLreports and WinBeta
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
AOL, Netflix and the end of open access to research data
Discussion: Open Access News
James Allan Brady / SlashGear:
DS gets another pimped upgrade, DSVision gets you video, books, and manga on your DS
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Gearlog
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Tag Heuer plans watch phone for 2008
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers re-poison Google search results
Discussion: InsideGoogle
comScore:
Online Consumer-Generated Reviews Have Significant Impact …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Declines Two-Part Offer: Investment, Return of Donahue
Oliver Rist / PC Magazine:
Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off
 

 
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Eric Johnson / Re/code:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why Did The Washington Post Name The White House Volunteer Accused In Prostitution Scandal?

 
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