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5:05 PM ET, October 31, 2007

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: a new universe of social applications all over the web  —  My company, Ning, is participating in this week's launch of a new open web API called Open Social, which is being spearheaded by Google and joined by a wide range of partners including Google's own Orkut, LinkedIn, Hi5 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday  —  Details emerged today on Google's broad social networking ambitions, first reported here in late September, with a follow up earlier this week.  The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go live on Thursday), goes well beyond what we've previously reported.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Seeks Bigger Role In Social Networking
Discussion: StartupBoy
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google goes after Facebook with new OpenSocial social networking API
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
OpenSocial: Google Proposes Widget & RESTful API Standards …
New York Times:
Google and Friends to Gang Up on Facebook
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google Phone Plan Draws Interest  —  Google Inc. is in advanced talks with two top U.S. cellphone operators, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., about selling handsets tailored to its new mobile-phone operating system, people familiar with the matter said.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Google Phone: The Story So Far, Some Launch Details & What's Next  —  The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on Google's mobile phone efforts and how it is beginning to draw some interest from carriers, especially in the United States.  Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ) are in talks with Google …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
How the iPhone changed Verizon Wireless
Discussion: CrunchGear and BloggingStocks
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Apple to Allow Virtualization of Leopard  —  In a notable about-face, Apple has changed its stance with regard to allowing Mac OS X Server to be run inside a virtual machine (VM), much as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion make it possible to run Windows and other PC-based operating systems on a Mac.
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
$200 Everex Green PC Now Available  —  Everex's TC2502 gPC is the first mass-market $200 desktop computer, featuring a custom distribution of Ubuntu Linux and headed for selected Wal-Mart stores.  —  "It's $200, with no gimmicks or subsidies," Everex spokesman David Liu said.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Everex's $199 green PC: attention ignorant Wal-Mart shoppers
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
At Wal-Mart, Black Friday comes early
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Everex's gPC: A $199 PC with a half-baked "Google" OS
Discussion: Between the Lines
Dori Salcido / AOL:
AOL Launches Innovative Privacy Education Program For Behaviorally Targeted Advertising  —  Program Will Provide Greater Transparency, Enhanced Notice of How Targeted Advertising Works, and Patent-Pending Technology to Protect Consumers' Opt-Out Choices; The Program Will Reach More Than 91% of Online Consumers
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Online Marketers Joining Internet Privacy Efforts  —  Most consumers are familiar with do-not-call lists, which are meant to keep telemarketers from phoning them.  Soon people will be able to sign up for do-not-track lists, which will help shield their Web surfing habits from the prying eyes of marketers.
Louise Story / New York Times:
Consumer Advocates Seek a 'Do-Not-Track' List
Discussion: Adrants
Intego:
INTEGO SECURITY ALERT - October 31, 2007  —  OSX.RSPlug.A Trojan Horse Changes Local DNS Settings to  —  Redirect to Malicious DNS Servers  —  Description: A malicious Trojan Horse has been found on several pornography web sites, claiming to install a video codec necessary to view free pornographic videos on Macs.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Look Who's Now The 5th Biggest Company in the US  —  That's right: Google (GOOG).  And trading at a not-preposterous 55-times trailing 12-month earnings, too.  —  Rank Company Market Cap (Bil) Ticker  —  1 Exxon Mobil $505 XOM
Discussion: Bits
Jonah Brucker-Cohen / MAKE Magazine:
Even dogs like iphones for halloween  —  Next time you get a call, just pick up your dog and answer.  Even dogs are getting in the halloween spirit in NYC this year!  Trick or Treat!  —  Pups on Parade at Tompkins Square Park - Link [via]
New York Magazine:
Trent Reznor and Saul Williams Discuss Their New Collaboration, Mourn OiNK  —  Spoken-word and hip-hop artist Saul Williams toured with Nine Inch Nails last year, and Trent Reznor liked him so much that he decided to produce his new album.  The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust! …
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Reports Q3 Results  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) released third quarter 2007 results today, reporting $1.5 billion in revenue, a 7% rate of growth over the prior year, and $173 million in Operating Income Before Amortization, versus $170 million last year.  Adjusted EPS was $0.37, compared to $0.35 in the year ago period.
Daily Mail:
Army tests James Bond style tank that is 'invisible'  —  New technology that can make tanks invisible has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence.  —  In secret trials last week, the Army said it had made a vehicle completely disappear and predicted that an invisible tank would be ready for service by 2012.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Q&A: Digg co-founder Jay Adelson  —  Jay Adelson, co-founder and chief executive of Digg, sees his site's future growth in empowering its users  —  Jay Adelson is the co-founder of social news website Digg.com and internet video company Revision 3.  He spoke to the Guardian about his plans for Digg in the future.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Drop that Tilt: HTC releases WM6 upgrade for AT&T 8525  —  So if you don't really need that extra megapixel and auto-focus on the camera, and you're doing just fine with your Bluetooth GPS receiver, HTC has just given you one less reason to upgrade to the AT&T Tilt by finally posting …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Messenger 9, GTalk integration, Messenger API, new client for Mac OS X - news unveiled at Georgia Tech presentation (whew)  —  In a presentation to the Georgia Institute of Technology's IEEE Student Branch yesterday, Microsoft employee and Georgia Tech graduate Andrew Jenks had some surprises in store.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Sony's Folding@home project gets Guinness record
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David Hendricks / The Post:
OU plays host to file-sharing discussion panel after RIAA crackdown …
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
ESPN To Air NBA Games On TV, Web
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft continues pursuit of software pirates
Discussion: Computerworld
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Internet Brands to Raise up to $45 Million in IPO
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Karl / DSLreports:
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F.Colton / The India Street:
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Discussion: zedgeHeadz and Gizmodo
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Investors still betting on online video, mDialog snags $3.15 million
Michael Gartenberg / Computerworld:
Opinion: Leopard redefines 'what personal computing looks like'
Discussion: The Mac Observer
BBC:
Leopard upgrade hits Mac firewall
Andrew Harrison / MarketWatch:
Australia's Telstra in iPhone talks with Apple
John Oates / The Register:
Cisco offers $10m prize in small biz bingo
Discussion: CNET News.com