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11:15 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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Device Customization via New Zune Originals Store, New Zune Players Available Tomorrow  —  Microsoft partners with 18 renowned artists to fuse high style with portable entertainment.  —  Tomorrow, consumers ready for a richer, more connected and more personal entertainment experience …
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Ami Kealoha / Cool Hunting:
Zune Originals: Interview with Chris Stephenson  —  Zune's next move takes their support of emerging artists and literally puts it on their sleeve.  Zune Originals is a collection of 27 original works by 18 international artists designed to be engraved onto the back of the device.  (Click images for detail.)
PC World:
Zune 80GB Media Player - Black  —  Specs Pricing User Reviews Add Your Review  —  Zune 80GB Media Player - Black  —  Wireless syncing, good sound quality, and a nice touch control make this affordable player a good choice.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Though the old 30GB Zune …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Google Options Make Masseuse a Multimillionaire  —  Bonnie Brown was fresh from a nasty divorce in 1999, living with her sister and uncertain of her future.  On a lark, she answered an ad for an in-house masseuse at Google, then a Silicon Valley start-up with 40 employees.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
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: New York Times and Reuters
Peter Sayer / PC World:
IBM agrees to buy Cognos for $5B
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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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.
Noam Cohen / International Herald Tribune:
Google casts a shadow as Firefox plans for the future
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google and the future of TV
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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
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.
Fortune:
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC  —  The recovering politician is teaming with a legendary venture capitalist and bigtime moneyman to make over the $6 trillion global energy business.  A Fortune exclusive  —  (Fortune Magazine) — It's lunchtime on Sand Hill Road, and Al Gore wants answers.
Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu checks out WBTV library  —  "Friends" could soon be buddying up to Hulu.  —  Warner Bros.  Television is in active negotiations with the News Corp.-NBC joint venture to make a slew of WBTV content available on Hulu, executives said.  —  "It's more likely than not that we're going to make a deal …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
AOL acquires question-and-answer service Yedda  —  Time Warner unit AOL announced early Monday morning that it has acquired Yedda, a question-and-answer start-up that was founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2006.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Vodafone improvises response in battle with Iphone
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
O2 on iPhone: 8,000 activations on day one, 5-year contract
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Apple Gazette
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Barry Diller to Time Warner: Name Your Price for AOL
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Discussion: GigaOM, Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
SocialAds Implications: Facebook will Acquire iLike and Flixster
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CyberHomes Emerges From Beta, With Claims of Better Real-Estate Data
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
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Facebook search expands — will it take on Google?
Discussion: PDA, Mark Evans, WebMetricsGuru and A VC
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
NBC Direct: Don't Bother