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11:40 PM ET, November 11, 2007

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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 …
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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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Direct: Don't Bother  —  NBC launched its NBC Direct beta over the weekend.  The service allows you to download NBC shows to your computer and view them for 48 hours, but compared with the rather elegant (though still limited) Hulu — which is part-owned by NBC — NBC Direct is an overly complicated mess.
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Rands In Repose:
The Nerd Handbook  —  A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff.  All the time.  Those lulls in the conversation over dinner?  That's the nerd working on his project in his head.  —  It's unlikely that this project is a nerd's day job because his opinion regarding his job is, "Been there, done that".
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 …
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Facebook search expands — will it take on Google?  —  Facebook has added a new option for its search bar, allowing users to search for advertising pages.  —  This continues a steady creep in search options, which already includes tabs to search for "People," "Groups," "Events" and "Applications."
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
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Path Finder 4.8.2 does Quick Look, can finally replace the Finder  —  Cocoatech's Path Finder has long been the choice of power users and frustrated Finder users alike, as it offers a veritable landslide of options and customizability for fitting into just about any workflow.
Discussion: Digg
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
v2 extenders available for ordering  —  Thanks to a tip from Chris Lanier, I've found the first of the v2 Media Center extenders to show up at online stores.  —  Linksys still lists the status of its DMA2100 and DMA2200 extenders as "coming in November."  But searching for those model …
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
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Questions for YouTube's Steve Chen?  —  Next week at NewTeeVee Live, we're interviewing Steve Chen, co-founder and CTO of YouTube.  The interview will be live-streamed and live-blogged, so if you can't make the conference, you'll be able to experience some form of it.
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 …
 
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Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
GOOG-411's "Biddy-Biddy-Boop"
Discussion: The Gong Show, Slashdot and Digg
Blog World Expo Blog:
This is not Mike Arrington's Fault. It's Mine
New York Times:
The Web Takes Ron Paul for a Ride
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sony CEO wants to go back in time, avert high-def format war
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
CNET News.com:
Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
Discussion: DSLreports, Boing Boing and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can You Clone Tangler For $1,500?
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Live wants to build Flickr competitor
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Cable Ruling May Provide Opportunities For Google, Startups
Discussion: Beet.TV, 24/7 Wall St. and Digg
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Blist Prepares Easy Web-Based Database Application
Discussion: bytes|genes
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Russian hacker gang vanishes day after moving to China