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1:10 AM ET, November 12, 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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AOL Acquires Israeli Social Search Start-Up Yedda; Second Buy In A Week  —  AOL (NYSE: TWX) has acquired Israeli start-up Yedda, a social search questions-and-answers service launched in 2006 with proprietary semantic matching technology.  No financial terms disclosed.
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and Mashable!
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
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
Discussion: Skype-watch.com … and AccMan Pro
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Will Success, or All That Money From Google, Spoil Firefox?  —  Only a couple of years ago, Firefox was the little browser that could — an open-source program created by thousands of contributors around the world without the benefit of a giant company like Microsoft to finance it.
Discussion: TeleRead
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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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."
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Weekend's Most Recent Startup: Skribit  —  Andrew Hyde's Startup Weekend, born out of the TechStarts event this last summer, has been busy.  The company goes from city to city, organizes developers to spend a long weekend deciding on a new business idea and then building it.
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
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.
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 …
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
 
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Alex Williams / New York Times:
Too Much Information? Ignore It
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Questions for YouTube's Steve Chen?
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Fred / A VC:
My Facebook Ad  —  Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can You Clone Tangler For $1,500?