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2:15 PM ET, November 1, 2007

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John Biggs / New York Times:
A Computer That Works With Google, Not Microsoft  —  Advocates of Linux, the free open-source operating system, like to say that buying a standard-issue computer involves a Microsoft Tax, because you have no choice but to pay for Windows.  New versions of Linux and inexpensive hardware …
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Nick Mokey / Digital Trends:
Wal-Mart Carries $200 Linux Desktops  —  Everex's gPC may stand a chance at pushing Linux mainstream with a low price, widespread availability, and Google-centric operating system.  —  When Dell introduced Ubuntu Linux as a preinstalled operating system for its computers back in May …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates MacBooks to Santa Rosa, GMA X3100; 2.6GHz MacBook Pro  —  As rumored, Apple has quietly updated the MacBook tonight to the Santa Rosa architecture with mild speed bumps and the GMA X3100 integrated video.  —  White 13.3"  —  $1099.00 2.0GHz/1GB RAM/80GB/Combo/GMA X3100
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro quietly updated  —  The rumors were rampant about the pending upgrade; now the deal is done.  The Apple MacBook has finally moved to the Santa Rosa architecture with a healthy GMA X3100 video bump from the lethargic GMA 950 of yore.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Switched and 9 to 5 Mac
François Bancilhon / Mandriva Blog:
An open letter to Steve Ballmer  —  Hi, this is François, from Mandriva.  —  I'm sure we're way too small for you to know me.  You know, we're one of these tiny Linux company working hard for our place on the market.  We produce a Linux Distro, Mandriva Linux.
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PC Magazine:
Mandriva CEO Calls Out Microsoft's Ballmer
Discussion: The Open Road
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Joining Google's OpenSocial  —  We hear Google is planning to announce yet another partner to its anti-Facebook coalition today — News Corp.'s MySpace.  [Haven't confirmed].  Look for an announcement by the end of the day.  This makes a lot of sense for both sides …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player: $100, this Friday, Wal-Mart  —  Still waiting to jump into the high def disc game?  Or just wanted another weaker, cheaper player for the last-gen TV you phased out to your rumpus room?  Well, whatever your reasons, some (not all!)
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
HD DVD Player to Break $100 Mark on Friday
Jon Swift:
Facebook Declares War on the Blogosphere  —  Just as in earlier times a man was only as good as his family name, today we are defined by the social networks we belong to.  So imagine my horror when I learned that I have become a virtual bastard.  Earlier this week I logged into Facebook …
Traci / Burning Questions:
AdSense Integrated with FeedBurner Site Ads  —  There's really nothing spookier than hollow, empty ad spaces rattling around your blog and/or web site, putting no cash in your pocket nor any extra hob- in your goblin.  Before you banish these underperforming idlers to some distant house upon a lonely hill …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Is Facebook the next Netscape?  —  Marc Andreessen's Ning team has put together a screencast and screenshots of OpenSocial in action.  He notes that the examples are a little light on social functionality at this point, but they are working on getting user's friends information and ctivities feed into the applications.
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Open Social: screencast and screenshots
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Is Apple's Leopard still in beta?  —  Mac users are hitting problems galore in Mac OS X 10.5  —  Even a casual glance across the Mac web in the last few days will reveal a litany of problems faced by users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.  —  Problems range from application crashes to login problems …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   News flash: Apple computers can crash
Lev Grossman / Time:
Invention Of the Year: The iPhone  —  Stop.  I mean, don't stop reading this, but stop thinking what you're about to think.  Or, O.K., I'll think it for you:
Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Internal Tool to Check Search Results?  —  Just a note : I've photoshopped the screenshot, so the numbers are real but not for "www.ffp.asso.fr" ;-)  —  Tom, does that include all numbers displayed alongside www.ffp.asso.fr, or just the GG Score?  —  the bottom lines are real, but they are not related to the results.
Discussion: PC World and Valleywag
Peter Clarke / EE Times:
Elastic electronics stretch to twice their length  —  LONDON — An IMEC laboratory at the University of Ghent in Belgium has realized interconnections for elastic electronic wires that can be stretched to twice their original length while maintaining electrical conductivity.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Ad Network Spending Spree  —  Big Internet companies have been snapping up ad networks to boost ad revenue.  Now Specific Media plans to join the M&A frenzy  —  The wave of dealmaking engulfing the online advertising sector isn't over yet.  The most recent evidence came Nov. 1 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney On Technology Issues  —  Last week I wrote asking for reader input into the questions we would ask Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican candidate for President in 2008, in an upcoming interview.  Thanks to the great feedback in the comments …
 
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia Music Store (UK) now live
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Court Blocks Patent Office From Instituting Controversial Rules
Discussion: Techdirt
Conor O'Neill / blognation:
New Eircom Music Store Launches
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Stoney deGeyter / Search Engine Land:
10 Useless SEO Worries
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Business Standard:
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
No Joke: NBC Expected to Shutter DotComedy
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A dangerous conflict of interest between Firefox and Google
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$5 million More For 5Min, Following A Painful Angel Round
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung regains TV lead; Vizio back to No. 2
Reuters:
Wi-LAN files suit against 22 firms
Phil Shapiro / Community Voices:
Book Review - Google SketchUp for Dummies
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Verizon Wireless Revamps Price Plans To Integrate Mobile Web …
Wall Street Journal:
Scenes From Next Week . . .?
Discussion: Bits and New York Times
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's worst nightmare [Brad Fitzpatrick]