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12:20 PM ET, November 12, 2007

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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
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft's Zune Originals customizations: free, starting tomorrow
Discussion: CyberNet and Gadgetell
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.
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, PDA and Slashdot
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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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
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 …
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: All about Microsoft and eWEEK.com
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InfoWorld:   Hardware vendors quickly adopting Penryn
JKK / jkkmobile:
Discussion: Mobility Site and Gadget Lab
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wibrain's B1 UMPC gets showcased on video
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
Dori Salcido / AOL:
AOL Acquires Questions and Answer Service Yedda, Inc.  —  AOL announced today that it has acquired Yedda, Inc., a leading semantic social search Questions and Answer service.  Yedda will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL.  —  Founded in 2006, Yedda employs patent-pending technology …
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The iPhone - a confession  —  OK, so I caved in.  I could have bought one in the States and knobbled it, I could have waited six months for a 3G version, I could have bought something far better spec'd for far less or I could have ignored all the nonsense and carried on with my beaten up Sony Ericsson.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Google's Android OS early look SDK now available  —  Just like the good folks promised, the early look software development kit for Google's soon-to-be huge phone OS has hit the streets... er, internet.  From what we can tell, the OS is as comfortable on larger, VGA devices as it is on more traditional smartphone layouts.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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 …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Phew. Michael Robertson Finally Gets Sued
Discussion: The Register
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Accelerate your startup this Friday
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Publicis chief warns on internet ad revenues
Fortune:
Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Free Hosting for Facebook Apps
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
PC is Stark Naked, But Safe For Work [All Nude]
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Rebuilding Hollywood in Silicon Valley's image
Discussion: Virtual Economics
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
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
FCC Moves to Place Restrictions on Cable TV
Discussion: Things That and Digital Trends
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Eyealike Launches - Find Your Dream Date on Looks Alone
Discussion: GigaOM, Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
SocialAds Implications: Facebook will Acquire iLike and Flixster