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2:45 PM ET, November 1, 2007

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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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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:
Peter Dille / PlayStation.Blog:
New PS3 TV Ad Campaign  —  Greetings PlayStation Nation!  —  Like all of you, I've been a big fan of our new blog - but until now, I've been staying behind the scenes.  I'm excited to share my first post here and thought that our new advertising campaign for the PS3 would be of interest to everyone.
Discussion: Game | Life, Kotaku, Joystiq and Digg
Matthew Moskovciak / Crave:
HD DVD players hit $99 at Wal-Mart, Best Buy  —  Earlier this week it was big news that HD DVD broke the $200 price barrier.  Well, in the same week it looks like HD DVD has broken the $100 price barrier as well.  As previously reported, Wal-Mart is running a "Secret In-Store Specials" …
Discussion: TechSpot News, CyberNet and Gadget Lab
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
HD DVD Player to Break $100 Mark on Friday
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
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
A dangerous conflict of interest between Firefox and Google  —  The Firefox browser may not be as independent as previously thought.  Mozilla essentially owns Firefox, and it proved so whenit flexed its muscles last year in forcing Debian to rename its browser IceWeasel.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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 …
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
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
No Joke: NBC Expected to Shutter DotComedy  —  NBC Universal plans to shut down its stand alone comedy venture DotComedy.com in the near future, according to sources with knowledge of the company's plans, eventually folding the site's content and traffic into NBC.com.
 
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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Business Standard:
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Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
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$5 million More For 5Min, Following A Painful Angel Round
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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, Valleywag and New York Times
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's worst nightmare [Brad Fitzpatrick]