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7:45 AM ET, November 5, 2007

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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Web 2.0 Is On The Ropes. . . Kleiner Perkins Has Halted Investments  —  Whenever I meet with VCs I've noticed that there is a growing distaste for Web 2.0 startups.  The "Web 2.0" term, in connection with a startup, and as a collection of concepts, is very tired in this community.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Money And A New CEO For SocialText  —  We reported in July that Palo Alto-based wiki startup SocialText was looking for a new CEO to help speed growth.  —  Tonight they are announcing their new CEO - former Cisco and Adobe exec Eugene Lee.  Founder and former CEO Ross Mayfield becomes Chairman and President of the company.
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Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Socialtext Reloaded  —  Enterprise 2.0 software maker Socialtext, with a new CEO and $9.5 million in funding, prepares for Google's entrance into the world of wikis.  —  After spending five years trying to become the eminent Enterprise 2.0 software provider, Socialtext is ready for a new phase.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Socialtext offers "social software" to big companies, raises cash  —  Socialtext, the early wiki company, has raised $9.5 million in a third round of financing.  —  Socialtext is one of a number companies loading delivering "social software" to large companies, helping employees collaborate …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Socialtext gets new CEO and $9.5 million in funding  —  Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield has stepped down as CEO of the enterprise wiki company and is handing the reins to Eugene Lee, a well-seasoned tech executive who has spend time at Adobe, Cisco, Banyan Systems and was a co-founder of Beyond Inc. (acquired by Banyan).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Kickstart, A New Social Network Around College Students And Alumni  —  Yahoo's advanced products group, led by Scott Gatz, is launching a new service this evening called Kickstart.  —  While immediate analogies will be drawn to Facebook, the service is actually much more like LinkedIn …
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Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
YAHOO KICKSTARTS A SOCIAL SERVICE AIMED AT COLLEGE GRADS
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USA Today:
Google enlists help for Google Phone  —  NEW YORK — Google (GOOG) today plans to announce the formation of an "open phone" coalition, with the goal of developing an operating system for the so-called Google Phone.  —  The new operating system, geared specifically for cellphones …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo FireEagle - A Platform Service For Geo Information  —  Yahoo isn't just announcing Kickstart this evening.  Salim Ismail's Brickhouse is announcing a very useful new platform service tonight tentatively called FireEagle, which is currently in closed alpha testing.
Discussion: GigaOM, ParisLemon and The Real McCrea
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
An Open Facebook API vs Google OpenSocial  —  Probably about 5 months ago I had a conversation with someone at Facebook about licensing their API.  —  The beauty of Facebook, as opposed to Myspace and other social networks is that the people on there are for the most part who they say they are …
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Asus spills AMD 7-series chipset beans  —  Asus has jumped the gun on AMD's 7-series chipset announcement by unveiling today a pair of motherboards based on two of the as-yet-unannounced product family.  —  This morning, Asus posted details of its M3A32-MVP Deluxe and M3A mobos on its website.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Samsung samples SATA II 2.5in SSD  —  Samsung has begun sampling a 2.5in notebook-oriented 64GB solid-state drive the connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics giant said today.  —  Comparing the product with an equivalent, 80GB 2.5in HDD …
Associated Press:
Microsoft adds ESPN programing to Xbox  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. has added college basketball and other ESPN programming to the growing lineup of video content available for download to its Xbox 360 video game console.  —  Microsoft and ESPN said people can purchase complete NCAA basketball …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and GamesIndustry.biz
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Writers Begin Strike as Talks Break Off  —  A strike by Hollywood writers began in New York just after midnight Monday, and negotiators for screenwriters and producers broke off talks, according to the Associated Press.  —  More than 12,000 screenwriters represented by the Writer Guild …
Discussion: Techdirt and blog.pmarca.com
ChinaTechNews.com:
Samsung: Fighting Fake Chinese Phone Named Samsong  —  In cooperation with Beijing's Haidian and Fengtai Industry and Commerce Departments, South Korean mobile phone manufacture Samsung has identified 88 types of fake Samsung mobile phones in Beijing.  —  Beijing Haidian Industry …
Discussion: blognation and The Raw Feed
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Carnegie Mellon wins the robotic Urban Challenge  —  Carnegie Mellon University has redeemed itself by winning the $2m first place prize in the DARPA Urban Challenge.  Stanford University took second and $1m, while Virginia Tech took $500k for third.  —  Six vehicles of the 11 vehicles finished …
Discussion: New York Times and Gadget Lab
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