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6:25 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.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Google Announces Android and Open Handset Alliance  —  Google just officially announced the Open Handset Alliance to create an open platform (to be called Android) for a Linux phone that can run mobile Google apps and others.  The 34 partners include T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel …
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google unveils cell phone software and alliance  —  update Google's cell phone strategy took shape Monday with the announcement of a new open software platform and an alliance of wireless heavyweights that will help form the development community for the planned phones.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Google Phone... Everything You Expected And Less (For Now)  —  from the and-that's-it?  dept  —  After Apple finally announced its iPhone, all the folks who spent years and years passing around rumors about it needed to move onto something else.  The first easy target was the gPhone from Google …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live coverage of Google's Android Gphone mobile OS announcement  —  8:58AM PT - Ok, we're on the call, and there's soothing classical.  We'll "be underway in a few minutes."  —  9:02AM PT - Ok, we're about to begin!  —  9:04AM PT - "Welcome everyone to the Google, Inc. conference call.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Switched
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Google and HTC's "Dream" phone prototype semi-revealed
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gearlog
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:   Forget the Google phone, here's clippy
Om Malik / GigaOM:   5 Open Questions About the Google Phone aka Android
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 …
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Greg Sandoval / Webware.com:
STUDY: FREE BEATS FEE FOR RADIOHEAD'S 'IN RAINBOWS'
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Shira Ovide / SmartMoney.com:
IAC Diller:Inked $3.5 Billion Deal With Google For Sponsored Listings
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
MySpace To Announce Self-Serve Hyper Targeted Advertising Network  —  MySpace will announce plans to introduce a new advertising platform, "SelfServe by MySpace," at Ad:Tech Monday.  The service itself will launch to a limited set of advertisers in the next sixty days.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Tracking of Web Use by Marketers Gains Favor
Discussion: The Chronicle
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Hollywood Writers Strike: A Chance For Millions Online To Bloom
Life and Incredible Adventures of Optimus Keyboards:
Optimus Maximus News  —  I've been to the factory that produces OLEDs for the Optimus Maximus in Taiwan last week.  Unfortunately they don't let any camera in, so I have to carry the impression in my mind.  Looks quiet impressive :-)  —  Keyboard Shipping  —  The first lot is completely sold-out.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:   Sub-$500 Optimus keyboards in the works, and other newsimus maximus
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
UPDATED:Web 2.0 Is On The Ropes. . . Kleiner Perkins Has Halted Investments  —  [UPDATED: With a reply from Tim O'Reilly, one of the persons mentioned in this article.]  —  Whenever I meet with VCs lately I've noticed they have a growing distaste for Web 2.0 startups.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Michael Barrett on Web 2.0: This stuff scares the hell out of me  —  When Michael Barrett (CISO, Paypal) heard the Eric Nolin was putting on Defrag, he called up and said "I'd like to come and talk because this stuff scares the hell out of me."  His key messages: (a) we're doomed to repeat history …
 
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Reuters:
Sun Microsystems posts profit as revenue advances
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Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
BEA Offers Icahn Sneak Peek at Its Finances
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Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Red Hat Backs Sun's Open-Source Play
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
ZoomInfo new ad platform — even more personal than Facebook's
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Wesley Fink / AnandTech:
Prices  —  A couple of the nicer utilities available …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iTunes 7.5 released with international iPhone support, new iPod game
Discussion: TidBITS, Download Squad and MacUser
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
O2 opens dictionary, looks up definition of "unlimited" iPhone data
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NPR Launches Its Ambitious Music Site
Discussion: WebProNews, Read/WriteWeb and NPR
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
'Do Not Track' Could Backfire  —  Adoption of a federal list intended …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
@live.com accounts available publicly on Tuesday
Discussion: CyberNet
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Adds Service
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OiNK's new piglets proof positive that Big Content's efforts often backfire
Discussion: rc3.org
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
RIM offers BlackBerry software for small businesses
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
Dell Buying EqualLogic for $1.4B
Martin H. Bosworth / ConsumerAffairs.com:
Verizon Overrides Internet Searches With Its Own Results