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9:55 AM ET, November 12, 2007

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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Cellphone Straitjacket Is Inspiring a Rebellion  —  First come the grumblings, then the torches and pitchforks.  —  Consumers have never been happy about their cellphone carriers and the services they provide — or refuse to provide.  But they also have hardly the means to do anything, except switch from one carrier to the next.
James Robinson / Guardian:
Google turns to X Factor's Fuller for push into TV  —  Internet giant Google is in secret talks with Simon Fuller, the British entrepreneur behind the Spice Girls, about a joint venture that could change the way TV is watched over the internet.  —  News of the collaboration will prompt speculation …
Business Wire:
IBM to Acquire Cognos to Accelerate Information on Demand Business Initiative  —  ARMONK, N.Y. & OTTAWA, Ontario—(BUSINESS WIRE)—IBM (NYSE: IBM - News) and Cognos® (NASDAQ: COGN - News) (TSX: CSN - News) today announced that the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM takes out Cognos for $5 billion  —  Remember that last independent business intelligence company, Cognos?  It's now a part of IBM's software unit.  —  IBM said Monday in a statement that it has acquired Cognos for $5 billion, or $58 a share.  In just a month the two leading business intelligence players have been acquired.
Discussion: PC World
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Should Sprint Send Silicon Valley a Super Poke?  —  Sprint Nextel's (S) rough patch is turning into a highway from hell.  The exit of CEO Gary Forsee, questions about its plans for a WiMAX network and its aborted partnership with Clearwire (CLWR) have provided fertile ground for all sorts of rumors.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebMetricsGuru
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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 and Open Source
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ship Windows Server 2008, over time, in eight flavors  —  Microsoft is readying eight SKUs of Windows Server 2008, only some of which will include Hyper-V (the new name for Microsoft's hypervisor that was code-named "Viridian").  —  According to ActiveWin.com …
Discussion: eWEEK.com and ActiveWin.com
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft reveals Server 2008 pricing, Hyper-V brand  —  Microsoft gave further details Monday of a group of server and virtualization products due next year that will set the tone for how well the company will compete in the enterprise software market.  —  It announced pricing and licensing details …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why Are Founders and Execs Leaving Second Tier Social Networks?  —  Employees generally don't leave hot startups.  They lose some or all of their stock options, and they also lose the resume value of being associated with a startup brand.  And that's doubly true for executive level employees.
Intel:
Intel's Fundamental Advance in Transistor Design Extends Moore's Law, Computing Performance  —  Sixteen Eco-Friendly, Faster and 'Cooler' Chips Incorporate 45nm Hafnium-Based High-k Metal Gate Transistors  —  Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Eyealike Launches - Find Your Dream Date on Looks Alone  —  Update: Josh at ReadWriteWeb has a review on Eyealike as well.  —  For those of you looking for the perfect someone based on looks only, have I got the site for you!  Launched in beta this morning, Eyealike allows you to upload a photo and find others like that photo.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
FCC Moves to Place Restrictions on Cable TV  —  Companies Push Back Against Plan to Cap Ownership, Reduce Costs for Programmers  —  The Federal Communications Commission is likely to impose a new regulation on the largely unregulated cable television industry, the first of what may be more to come.
Discussion: Things That and Digital Trends
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Barry Diller to Time Warner: Name Your Price for AOL  —  Q&A With IAC Chief in Wake of Spinoffs of Ticketmaster, HSN  —  Barry Diller is staking his future on the fast-growing, ever-changing online-advertising space.  —  His company, IAC, is spinning off four divisions into separate …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
O2 on iPhone: 8,000 activations on day one, 5-year contract  —  T-Mobile has already reported preliminary numbers from Germany's Friday iPhone launch, but what about O2?  The UK iPhone carrier didn't do too shabbily either when compared to its own expectations.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Apple Gazette
 
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Google Options Make Masseuse a Multimillionaire
Ami Kealoha / Cool Hunting:
Zune Originals: Interview with Chris Stephenson
Discussion: Crave, Gadget Lab and Engadget
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
SocialAds Implications: Facebook will Acquire iLike and Flixster
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
There's Nothing to See Here, Please Move Along Now
Discussion: The Register
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Related Queries in Google Image Search
Reuters:
Disney to enter Japan cellphone market in spring
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CyberHomes Emerges From Beta, With Claims of Better Real-Estate Data
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New bill would punish colleges, students who don't become copyright cops
 Earlier Items: 
Cate Doty / New York Times:
Game News in a Duel of Print and Online
Joanne Kaufman / New York Times:
A Cookbook of One's Own From the Internet
Discussion: TeleRead
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Web 2.0 T-Shirt Tells Us All Whether You Facebook Your Life Away [Apparel]
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AOL Acquires Israeli Social Search Start-Up Yedda; Second Buy In A Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Weekend's Most Recent Startup: Skribit
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Facebook search expands — will it take on Google?
Discussion: PDA, Mark Evans and WebMetricsGuru
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Direct: Don't Bother
Rands In Repose:
The Nerd Handbook  —  A nerd needs a project because a nerd builds stuff.
Discussion: Digg