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4:55 PM ET, November 1, 2007

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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Checkmate?  MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)  —  Google may have just come out of nowhere and checkmated Facebook in the social networking power struggle.  —  MySpace and Six Apart will announce that they are joining Google's OpenSocial initiative.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google's OpenSocial Is Not a Facebook Killer  —  For the last year, Sergey Brin has been campaigning at Google with the slogan "features not products" in an attempt to reduce the sprawl of the company's eccentric creativity.  —  This campaign may have gone too far, at least when it comes to Google's new OpenSocial initiative.
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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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Audio glitching - Common under Vista, not so bad under other OSes  —  The Windows Vista Team blog has an interesting post by Steve Ball, Senior Program Manager for Sound in Windows Vista, on why sound in Windows sometimes glitches.  I'm still left with one question though …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Laggard Apple lets Leopard virtualize
Discussion: Computerworld and TidBITS
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   News flash: Apple computers can crash
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
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.
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Denies Ranking Hanky-Panky
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 …
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.
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" …
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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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Ad Network Deals—Specific Media Raises $100 Million …
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
Open letter to Chris Wilson  —  You seem to be repeating falsehoods in blogs since the Proposed ECMAScript 4th Edition Language Overview was published, claiming dissenters including Microsoft were ignored by me, or "shouted down" by the majority, in the ECMAScript standardization group.
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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
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.
Discussion: HeyJude, A VC and Facebook Observer
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
IMAP access now available for all users  —  Last week we announced we were providing you with free IMAP access and said we would roll out the feature over time as fast as we could.  I'm happy to say that all Gmail users can now enable IMAP and sync their inbox across devices.
Discussion: Download Squad, Gizmodo and WinBeta
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
PurpleYogi, the 1999 personalization company, finally hits pay dirt  —  PurpleYogi, one of the earliest Silicon Valley companies to focus on "extreme personalization of the Internet," has finally been sold for $158 million after a dramatic series of twists in business strategy.
 
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Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
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Business Wire:
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Mac Attack: Porn video lures dropping DNS-changer Trojan
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Advocacy group to FCC: Comcast's traffic blocking defense is bogus
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Virgin Media downed by Manchester arsonists
Guardian:
How to hit paydirt amid an infinite supply
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Verizon:
Verizon Plans Fivefold Increase in HD Channels on FiOS TV …
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget
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