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9:20 AM ET, November 5, 2007

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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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Hollywood Writers Strike: A Chance For Millions Online To Bloom  —  Hollywood film and television writers go on strike today in a move that will slowly cripple the big media production machine.  —  The strike relates to demands by writers for higher residual payments for DVD sales and internet downloads …
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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 …
Techdirt:   Titanic Crew Strikes Over Deck Chair Arrangement
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).
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Money And A New CEO For SocialText
Discussion: The Open Road
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Socialtext Reloaded  —  Enterprise 2.0 software maker Socialtext …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Socialtext offers "social software" to big companies, raises cash
Microsoft:
Windows Home Server Available Now to Help Families Protect, Connect and Share Their Digital Experiences  —  The HP MediaSmart Server is now available for pre-order and will be shipped to customers this month; new hardware and software partners announce Windows Home Server products and solutions.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Windows Home Server launches hardware blitz for holidays
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and PC World
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Mark Cuban, Facebook, and OpenSocial  —  Mark Cuban is, as usual, insightful when he describes the potential of Facebook profiles to be used as the basis for smarter social applications outside of Facebook.  His call for a truly open Facebook API is a must-read for anyone thinking about open social networks.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Publishers See a Way to Track Their Content Across the Net  —  Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command.  But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and FurdLog
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Things Turn Ugly in the 'Hacks vs. Flacks' War  —  Journalists often call publicists "flacks" and publicists call journalists "hacks," though rarely in earshot of one another.  But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided "lazy flacks" …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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.
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 …
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
HiveLive Takes Web 2.0 Upscale  —  Social information sharing startup HiveLive launches their LiveConnect Community Platform today at the Defrag conference in Denver, but it's not HiveLive's first appearance on the web scene.  In 2006, they opened a private beta that looked to some like just another Web 2.0 social sharing site.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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 …
 
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Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
PCs Losing Their Relevance in Japan
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
O2 removes 200MB Fair-Use policy for UK iPhone
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
gOS: Where Computers Are Headed?
Discussion: Digg
Associated Press:
Microsoft adds ESPN programing to Xbox
ChinaTechNews.com:
Samsung: Fighting Fake Chinese Phone Named Samsong
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Lets Loose Digg-For-Ideas
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Navisite Suffers Massive Failure, 1,000s of Sites Down
Discussion: Mobilemind and Light Reading
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Levy / Newsweek.com:
Google Goes Globe-Trotting
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SNL's Take On The iPhone Ads
BBC:
Britons sending 1bn texts weekly
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Calendar first impressions: We do some "testing" of our own
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Carnegie Mellon wins the robotic Urban Challenge
Discussion: New York Times and Gadget Lab