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4:00 PM ET, November 2, 2007

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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook VC: No Rush For More $, Would Work W/Google  —  An update from Facebook investor and board member Jim Breyer: The company doesn't need to raise more money, won't go public for at least another 14 months, and isn't afraid of Google's OpenSocial platform — and may be willing to join it.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jim Breyer: Extra $500 Million Round For Facebook A "Total Fiction"  —  When Facebook announced that Microsoft would invest $240 million in the company, a rumor quickly spread, which we noted, that some hedge funds were about to put in another $500 million.  Since then I've been trying …
ap.org:
Remarks by Tom Curley President and CEO/Associated Press Knight-Bagehot Dinner  —  Madi Reddy is a 22-year-old resident of Hyderabad, India, with ambitions to rise above his hereditary caste.  He's a newshound, investing time every day turning the news into diagrams on a whiteboard in his small apartment.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Woe Is News: AP CEO Bemoans GOOG et al; We Respond  —  Associated Press Head Tom Curley bemoaned the state of his industry in New York last night, observing that rapacious Google, Yahoo (YHOO), et al, are taking honorable news gatherers to the cleaners.  Before Tom's speech, we actually thought AP …
Discussion: Bits and mathewingram.com/work
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
AP urges news industry to embrace online
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T intros new international iPhone data plans for $25 and $60/month  —  Perhaps in response to growing noise over international travelers trying to use their iPhones and being slapped with outrageous bills, AT&T has announced today new international iPhone data plans.
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Say goodbye to Blockbuster  —  It looks like the bottom has finally fallen out of Blockbuster.  After numerous failed attempts at attracting new customers, the company has finally bit the bullet and is spiraling out of control.  Sad as it is, the end is near for Blockbuster and all that pressure …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, CrunchGear and Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Powerset Looking for a New CEO  —  Natural-language search startup Powerset is going through some growing pains.  Barney Pell is stepping down from the CEO spot.  He will now become the CTO, and he and Powerset's board will conduct a search for a new CEO.  Powerset's other founder and COO …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Powerset, the hyped search engine company, sees shakeup
Barney Pell / Barney Pell's Weblog:
Management changes at Powerset
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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PC World:
Everex Readies Sub-$300 Linux Notebooks  —  After introducing a $198 Linux desktop this week, PC vendor Everex said it will bring Linux laptops under $300 to users next year.  —  The laptops will come with 12.1-inch to 17-inch screens and run the GOS version of the OS, built on Ubuntu Linux 7.10.
Fortune:
The blogs of war: Engadget vs. Gizmodo  —  In the consumer-technology blogosphere, the battle between Engadget and Gizmodo has become an all-out smackdown.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — In the consumer-technology blogosphere, the rivalry between Engadget and Gizmodo is as lively as a big-city tabloid war.
Discussion: Ryan Block and Gizmodo
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 …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Ring-RingGoogle to Announce Phone Plans Monday  —  Amol Sharma reports on Google:  —  We wonÂ't have to wait much longer to hear from Google about its big plans in wireless.  The company looks set to make a splash in the mobile market on Monday, announcing an alliance with various handset makers …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Apple Releases Fix for iMac Freeze Issue, Updates MacBooks  —  Apple provides a fix for its iMac and updates its MacBook notebooks  —  DailyTech reported in early October that some iMac users were experiencing freezing problems with their machines.  The root cause of the freezes was traced …
Discussion: Neowin.net, TechBlog and Macworld
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple posts fix for freezing iMacs
Discussion: Infinite Loop and The Mac Observer
Daniel Drew Turner / eWEEK.com:
Apple Stealthily Updates Laptops  —  The MacBook family sees architectural gains while the MacBook Pro has the option of a faster CPU.  —  These things usually happen on Tuesdays, but Apple quietly refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop lines Nov. 1.
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MSNBC:
Yahoo in apology on China  —  By Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Mure Dickie in Beijing  —  A top Yahoo official who has come under fire for the company's role in the 2004 imprisonment of a dissident in China apologised on Thursday for failing to tell US lawmakers that Yahoo knew …
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Laura Foy / Channel 10:
A visit with Microsoft Research: "Innovations in Data Input and Navigation"  —  18 months ago, House Calls for Healthcare Professionals showed viewers something from Microsoft Research called "Play Anywhere"; a technology that allowed users to manipulate images projected on a table with nothing more than their hands.
Discussion: The Tablet PC
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).
 
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Rohit / My Tech Rantings:
Orkut Sandbox - Initial looks
Discussion: WebProNews
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Mobile Assembly  —  Vendors and developers scramble to find …
Discussion: Download Squad
Chris Williams / The Register:
Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website
CBS News:
Tom Perkins Regrets Quitting HP Board
Discussion: The Register
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Writers Guild strike might help online entertainment?
Discussion: Ars Technica and IP Democracy
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Candace Lombardi / Crave: The gadget blog:
Who programs the Ask.com search algorithm?
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Robot goat feeds on gambler misfortune
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Web History Adds Blog Search
New York Times:
A Bitter Rift When a Boss Is the Buyer
Discussion: Law Blog
Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
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Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
Mozilla:
Firefox Release Notes
Rob Beschizza / Gadget Lab:
The 15 Dumbest Apple Predictions Of All Time