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9:45 AM ET, November 2, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook: "We Have Not Been Briefed On OpenSocial"  —  When Google was asked during the press conference earlier today if they had invited Facebook into OpenSocial, the answer was "yes," and then changed to "we can't comment, followed by "we have reached out to virtually everyone in this space" …
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Between the Lines:
Google to open Orkut OpenSocial developer sandbox tonight  —  The campfire is burning tonight on the Google campus as the company prepares to launch an Orkut sandbox for working with the OpenSocial APIs.  Developers will be able to register, get the docs and try out their code on the Orkut "container."
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Your Move  —  Not so fast, Mike.  The anti-Facebook coalition piling onto Google's OpenSocial platform does not constitute checkmate for Google just quite yet.  These are developer announcements.  No actual consumers have changed their social networking habits because of OpenSocial.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   What will Yahoo and Microsoft do? Is Zuckerberg scared?
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Report from the front: Tonight's launch of Open Social
Discussion: Scobleizer and open
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook=Apple, Google=Microsoft
Discussion: ParisLemon and HipMojo.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New York Times' Blogrunner—A Techmeme Killer?  —  Last night, the New York Times quietly launched Blogrunner on the technology section of its main site.  Blogrunner was one of many techmeme copycat sites, until the New York Times bought it last year.  Like Techmeme, Blogrunner is a service …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Mashable!
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The New York Times Company:
NYTimes.com Launches Enhanced Technology Section  —  Redesigned Section Includes Content From Around the Web  —  NYTimes.com today launched an expanded and enhanced version of its technology section (www.nytimes.com/technology) with a different look, further aggregation of top publications …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Robot in the Newsroom
Discussion: broadstuff
Dani Dudeck / Google:
MySpace and Google Join Forces to Launch Open Platform for Social Application Development  —  Collaboration on "OpenSocial" to Spark and Simplify Web Innovation  —  MySpace, the world's largest social network, and Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced that they are joining forces …
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Reuters:
Report: Yahoo exec apologizes to U.S. lawmakers on China  —  A senior executive at Yahoo has apologized for misleading U.S. lawmakers on the company's cooperation with a request by China for details on a journalist who was later jailed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday in its online edition.
Discussion: PDA and Search Engine Land
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Judi Sohn / Web Worker Daily:
Become a Del.icio.us Power User  —  As a web developer how we retain, organize, and use information is a high priority.  One web application that has revolutionized the way I retain information is del.icio.us.  —  I originally used it just to save the occasional link.  I realized that it's much more than that.
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Weighs WiMax Unit Spinoff  —  One Option Under Review  —  Is Merger With Clearwire;  —  Plans Likely to Await CEO  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is weighing changes to its plans to offer high-speed wireless Internet service using WiMax technology, including a potential merger …
Shimon Sandler / SEO Consultant:
NEW: "Google MDS" - Manager Defined Spend  —  This is so new that there is no documentation on this anywhere I can find.  —  My Google team is hot for me to get on this, and I think it's a great product enhancement.  —  A MDS is essentially a MCC (My Client Center).
Joseph Smarr / Plaxo's Personal Card:
OpenSocial is now live on Plaxo Pulse  —  I just got back from Google's Campfire One event, where they officially launched the OpenSocial project.  As long-time advocates of the Open Social Web, we're thrilled that Google is leading this initiative, and even more thrilled that it's been received so positively!
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
The hidden OpenSocial press conference (future of information sharing)  —  Google's OpenSocial announcement today suggests changes that may improve the future of social networking (click here for Dan Farber's coverage).  Hidden from view during the press conference, an improvised parallel …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Leopard early adopters suffer for the rest of us  —  I can't decide whether early adopters are saints or fools.  —  Mac OS X Leopard, the latest version of Apple's operating system, turns one week old today.  An estimated 9 percent of the Mac OS X installed base had already signaled …
Brian Fonseca / Computerworld:
Seagate to repay customers over inaccurate gigabyte definition  —  Qualified hard drive buyers can choose cash or backup software  —  Seagate Technology LLC has agreed to settle a lawsuit by offering customers who purchased a hard drive from the company during the last six years a cash refund or free backup and recovery software.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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