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5:05 PM ET, November 7, 2007

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios  —  NEW YORK—In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning at the Media and Money conference hosted by Dow Jones and Nielsen, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner talked about writers as though they were a minority group that he didn't particularly understand well.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Michael Eisner: Strike is 'Insanity …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Ads  —  Today we announced an entirely new advertising solution for Facebook.  Right now, we want to make clear what's changing—and what's not—for you.  —  First of all, what's not changing:  — Facebook will always stay clutter-free and clean.  — Facebook will never sell any of your information.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Facebook Is Marketing Your Brand Preferences (With Your Permission)  —  FACEBOOK wants to put your face on advertisements for products that you like.  —  Facebook .com is a social networking site that lets people accumulate "friends" and share preferences and play games with them.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook Everywhere  —  The most important bit of news …
Discussion: GigaOM
Associated Press:
Google maps find their way to gas pumps  —  The Internet giant will join with another firm to give directions at service stations.  —  Lost drivers soon will be able to Google for help at the pump.  —  As part of a partnership to be announced today, the online search leader …
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Lucy Sackett / gilbarco.com:
Gilbarco's new Applause™ media system enables Google® …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Time Warner to buy Quigo  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's AOL (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will buy Internet advertising technology company Quigo to bolster its ad force and make it more competitive with Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research).
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   AOL's New Plan: It's Not Working
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos  —  Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos.
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Fans shafted as Major League Baseball revokes DRM licenses
Discussion: Mashable!
Brad Stone / Bits:
Log Off and Get to Work  —  Turns out your bosses don't want you updating your social networking page at the office.  —  Web security firm Barracuda Networks polled 2,400 of its own customers and found that 50.2 percent block access to social networks MySpace and Facebook.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, WebProNews and Valleywag
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Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the 20%'ers  —  At Google, 20% time is core to our culture and today's Reader release incorporates features developed by two engineers in their 20% time.  Those two engineers would be us!  —  Steve Lacey: As a blogger I like to include a blogroll on my site so that friends …
Susanne Ault / Video Business Online:
HD DVD set-top player $99 sales moves units  —  Toshiba HD-A2 model sells 90,000 over weekend  —  The HD DVD format significantly pumped its installed base over the weekend, as dueling store clearances sold an estimated 90,000 Toshiba players, according to sources close to retailers.
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Charlie White / Gizmodo:   10 Things to Know When Buying an HD Camcorder [Shooting High-Def]
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
AMAZON TO HOST RED HAT LINUX ONLINE  —  Update: I added a lot more detail about Red Hat's ambitions and other moves.  —  Red Hat on Wednesday announced a significant departure from its current business plan, saying its flagship Linux product will be available on Amazon.com's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
Mass production kicks off for XO laptops—finally  —  Following a number of delays, the One Laptop per Child Foundation's much-awaited XO laptop for needy kids has finally gone into mass production.  Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer …
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BBC:
'$100 laptop' begins production
Discussion: DailyTech and CrunchGear
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Buys Clipmarks, RealClearPolitics Stake  —  Forbes Media, as long rumored, has acquired Clipmarks, a tool that lets people share Web content like text and images.  Forbes has also acquired a 51% stake in RealClearPolitics.  More info after the jump.  Release Disclosure: Forbes Media is my former employer.
Business Wire:
HP to Seek New Business Model for HP-branded Cameras  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced that it will seek an alternative business model for its HP-branded cameras and shift resources toward its Print 2.0 growth initiatives.
Market Wire:
Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings  —  SAN JOSE, CA—(MARKET WIRE)—Nov 7, 2007 — Cisco (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News)  — Q1 Net Sales: $9.6 billion (increase of 17% year over year)  — Q1 Net Income: $2.2 billion GAAP; $2.5 billion non-GAAP  — Q1 Earnings per Share: $0.35 GAAP (increase of 35% year over year);
Chris Williams / The Register:
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran  —  Exclusive Yahoo! and Microsoft have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services as stronger US sanctions against the Islamic republic begin to bite.  —  Google has kept Iran as an option on the Gmail registration page, however.
Johansch / my.opera.com:
The power of the Web with Opera Mini 4  —  After three betas we're proud to release the shiny new Opera Mini 4 to the world.  —  We've done a lot with this new Opera Mini.  For example, we rewrote the entire code for Opera Mini 4 and added lots of improvements and new features to make the browser even better.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Class-action charges Apple with illegally tying iPods to iTunes  —  Apple Inc. in a new class-action lawsuit is charged with illegally tying iPods to its iTunes Store in order to forge a monopoly over the digital media market so it can inflate prices, exclude competition, and force consumers to continue to buy into its closed ecosystem.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Engadget
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough: Bans Execs From Web Postings  —  from the common-sense-ain't-what-it-used-to- be dept  —  Over the summer, there was some press coverage over the news that the CEO of Whole Foods had, for years, been posting to Yahoo message boards about his company under a fake name.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Symbian dismisses Google Android  —  Google's dominance of the web will not translate to the mobile phone market, a senior executive at Symbian has said.  —  John Forsyth, vice president of strategy at Symbian, the platform that powers many of the world's phones, said Google lacked experience.
 
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant iPhone jailbreak site offers many new features
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft kills Mac IM, updates Office for Mac
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out
Discussion: Computerworld
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Gregor / LiveSide:
Windows Live Messenger IM Control launched
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
A Story of Surveillance  —  Former Technician 'Turning In' AT&T Over NSA Program
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Veitch / Inquirer:
Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft antitrust argument cites Google's success
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Introduces Bloglines Top 1000 List
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
The verdict: Leopard spanks Vista, continues OS X's reign of excellence
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows Live Drops Out of Beta, @live.com Email Addresses Available [Windows Live]
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Game-Focused Advertising Initiative To Launch This Month