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5:40 PM ET, November 11, 2007

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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Tumbleweeds outnumber punters, as iPhone's First Night flops  —  Journalists and PR minders outnumbered buyers on Friday night as interest in Apple's iPhone miserably failed to live up to the pre-launch hype in the UK.  —  The iPhone went on sale at stores operated by retail titan Carphone Warehouse …
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John Naughton / Guardian:
It's stunning, powerful and elegant... so set the iPhone free  —  The Apple iPhone arrived in the UK on Friday and evoked a predictable spectrum of responses - from ecstatic boosterism to technophobic spluttering.  The Daily Mail said Carphone Warehouse expected to sell 10,000 on the first day …
Discussion: Skype-watch.com … and AccMan Pro
VoIP Blog:
Rumor Mill: Google Acquiring Sprint  —  Recent news that Sprint is not going to work with Clearwire to build out a WiMAX network only added to the rumors I have been hearing about Google acquiring Sprint Nextel.  On the surface it seems like this would be a bad move for Google but in reality …
IDC:
Handheld Device Shipments Decline 43.5% Year Over Year As Vendors Exit or Transition Product Lines, According to IDC  —  The worldwide handheld device market posted its fifteenth consecutive quarter of decline in shipments, signaling either vendor intent to scale back production or exit from market entirely, or both.
Discussion: Ars Technica and TECH.BLORGE.com
Fred / A VC:
My Facebook Ad  —  Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed me after my post yesterday afternoon.  I am indeed dense.  The social advertising system on Facebook is up and running, I just couldn't find it.  —  Here is my ad.  It took me all of a minute or two to create it.
Discussion: /Message and mathewingram.com/work
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony CEO wants to go back in time, avert high-def format war  —  Customers aren't the only ones frustrated with the high-definition format wars—Sony CEO Howard Stringer is reaching the end of his rope as well.  Blu-ray, which is backed by Sony, was doing well up until recently and winning …
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
XD:
Stacks Overlays  —  Stacks is pretty much Leopard's only non-eyecandy change to the dock, and it had the potential to be pretty handy, but the fact that the icon representing the stack is whatever the top file in the folder happens to be really ruins it (for me at least).
Discussion: Digg
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel jabs bruised AMD with 12 new Xeons and desktop dynamo  —  Months of torturous fanfare come to a close on Monday as Intel will officially start shipping its family of "Penryn" processors built with a whiz-bang new manufacturing process.  —  Normally, Intel tries to keep the launch date …
Mark / dive into mark:
Installing MySQL on Ubuntu (the NSFW way)  —  What follows are instructions for building and installing MySQL 5 on Ubuntu.  These instructions should work perfectly on both Feisty (7.04) and Gutsy (7.10).  —  If you're a pro at this type of thing already, if you're impatient …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can You Clone Tangler For $1,500?  —  We've praised new hosted forum startup Tangler on a number of occasions - most recently calling it the bleeding edge in new discussion board/forum startups.  —  Apparently someone else likes it too.  Someone in Turkey is willing to pay up to $1,500 to anyone who can "clone Tangler."
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Live wants to build Flickr competitor  —  It's hard not to have seen this coming, but I have to wonder whether or not the world needs another Flickr or YouTube.  —  In a Microsoft job advertisement posted yesterday for a program manager position, the description clearly outlines Microsoft's strategy …
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
Exclusive: NBC Launches TV Downloads Service  —  NBC Direct, the free service from NBC that lets you download full episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Heroes and more, has gone live on the NBC site.  —  Currently in beta, and originally scheduled to launch in October …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Russian hacker gang vanishes day after moving to China  —  Infamous Russian Business Network may be breaking into smaller bits  —  The shadowy hacker and malware hosting network that only recently fled Russia to set up operations in China has now pulled the plug there and vanished yet again, researchers said late Friday.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Planning Rules to Open Cable Market  —  The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to impose significant new regulations to open the cable television market to independent programmers and rival video services after determining that cable companies have become too dominant in the industry, senior commission officials said.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cable Ruling May Provide Opportunities For Google, Startups
Discussion: Joe Duck and Digg
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blist Prepares Easy Web-Based Database Application  —  I recently had the opportunity to see a demo of a product coming out in early 2008 called Blist (pronounced like "bliss" with a "t" at the end) that will take on DabbleDB and Trackvia by giving users the tools to easily create and manage databases online.
Discussion: bytes|genes
 
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Heather Havenstein / PC World:
New Facebook Ad Techniques Raise Privacy Concerns
DAISY Consortium / ConsortiumInfo.org …:
Putting the OpenDocument Foundation to Bed (without its supper)
Discussion: Slashdot and CNET News.com
Reuters:
Disney to launch cellphone service in Japan: paper
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
CNET News.com:
Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
Discussion: DSLreports and Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
Battery firm: iPhone could melt your brain
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Games that can educate: SimCity donated to OLPC project
Discussion: CNET News.com
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Northeastern sues Google over patent