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11:05 PM ET, November 5, 2007

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Andy Rubin / Official Google Blog:
Where's my Gphone?  —  Despite all of the very interesting speculation over the last few months, we're not announcing a Gphone.  However, we think what we are announcing — the Open Handset Alliance and Android — is more significant and ambitious than a single phone.
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New York Times:
Google Enters the Wireless World  —  Google took its long-awaited plunge into the wireless world today, announcing that it is leading a broad industry alliance to transform mobile phones into powerful mobile computers that could accelerate the convergence of computing and communications.
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Google's Dream Phone  —  Google likes software, particularly the kind that puts ads on Web pages, making Google rich.  The realities of a phone business—running a supply chain, keeping inventory and managing distribution—were never something Google wanted from its phone initiative.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Launches Mobile Phone Platform, Android: What it Means, What Experts Think  —  Updated post press conference, read My Take #2: Google (GOOG) has just announced its much talked about Google mobile phone platform, Android, and has announced a large list of partners who are working with the company.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Unveils Cellphone Alliance  —  Google Inc. announced today an ambitious alliance with 33 handset makers, wireless carriers and other technology companies to create low-cost mobile phones based on "open" technology standards.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Google Phone: A Business-Tech Nightmare Waiting to Happen  —  Google hopes its new operating system will turn phones into mini computers that are just as useful as PCs.  A lot has to go right for that to happen — phone carriers will need to open up their networks and developers need to write software for GoogleÂ's system.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google and HTC's "Dream" phone prototype semi-revealed  —  Sure, a Google-sponsored phone OS in the way of Android is pretty great news for mobile phone land, but what if your really had your heart set on some Google hardware this Monday morning?  Well take heart, because Forbes has the skinny …
Discussion: Gearlog and Gizmodo
Google:
Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform for Mobile Devices  —  Group Pledges to Unleash Innovation for Mobile Users Worldwide  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.; BONN, Germany; TAOYUAN, Taiwan; SAN DIEGO, Calif.; SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (November 5, 2007) — A broad alliance of leading technology …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Everything We Know About Google's Open Handset Alliance [Gphone]
Discussion: Between the Lines
Om Malik / GigaOM:
5 Open Questions About the Google Phone aka Android
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Saul Hansell / Bits:   The GPhone: So Open It Could Be Closed
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Google Phone... Everything You Expected And Less (For Now)
Discussion: eWEEK.com
comScore:
For Radiohead Fans, Does "Free" + "Download" = "Freeload"?  —  2 out of 5 Downloaders Willing to Pay an Average of $6 for "In Rainbows" Album  —  U.S. Downloaders Willing to Pay More than International Counterparts  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Chris Peredun / DailyTech:
Newegg Accidentally Offers "Buy 1, Get 4 Free" ASUS Eee PC Promotion  —  The shipping box for the Eee was so small, some buyers received a five-pack instead of a single unit  —  The Asus Eee PC notebook has been popular in North America thus far, with many retailers having sold their entire stock on the first day of orders.
Discussion: Engadget
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Hoping to Grow, Diller Prunes Empire  —  Shedding Underperformers,  —  Relieving Malone Tension  —  Will Let Mogul Focus on Net  —  Barry Diller's announcement yesterday that he will break up his IAC/InterActiveCorp empire solves his two biggest problems overnight.
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Shira Ovide / SmartMoney.com:
IAC Diller:Inked $3.5 Billion Deal With Google For Sponsored Listings
David Carr / New York Times:
New Media, New Value, Old Troubles  —  In the hierarchy of things the American public seems not to care about — the national debt, Paris Hilton's charitable works, Fred D. Thompson's campaign for president — the Hollywood screenwriters' strike probably wins hands down.
tomkarpik.com:
massive data loss bug in leopard  —  Update: The bug occurs regardless of the type of destination being moved to (whether it's local USB, local Firewire, SMB, etc.).  Also, I have been informed that this bug goes back all the way to Panther.  —  Leopard's Finder has a glaring bug …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and The Last Podcast
Zefrank / ze's page:
strike day  —  in related news the 2 billion franktv commercials will be changed from "hippos don't do impressions, franktv does" to "hippos don't do impressions, neither does franktv"  —  Ooooooh... That felt good.  Seems like old times...  Does this mean The Show is coming back?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
 
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Mashable!
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 Earlier Items: 
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Navisite Heads into Day Four of Massive Failure
Reuters:
Sun Microsystems posts profit as revenue advances
Discussion: PC World
Wesley Fink / AnandTech:
Prices  —  A couple of the nicer utilities available …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NPR Launches Its Ambitious Music Site
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Michael Barrett on Web 2.0: This stuff scares the hell out of me
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
@live.com accounts available publicly on Tuesday
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
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Yahoo Adds Service
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