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3:34 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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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
Reuters:
Northeastern sues Google over search patent  —  Google faces a federal patent infringement lawsuit by Northeastern University over technology used in its core Web search system, according to legal papers filed last week.  —  The complaint was filed on November 6 in Marshall …
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
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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 …
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.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.2 Jailbreak Software Released  —  Conceited Software/TouchFree has just released its GUI jailbreak.  This is the "final bit" that performs the jailbreak after you run OktoPrep in 1.1.1 and then upgrade to 1.1.2.  The Software runs under OS X and Windows, grabs the data off your iPod touch or iPhone …
Discussion: Engadget
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
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.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Web 2.0 T-Shirt Tells Us All Whether You Facebook Your Life Away [Apparel]  —  The latest addition to the chic geek's wardrobe has got to be this web 2.0 T-shirt.  The classy bit of kit contains a list of 79 social networking sites, all followed by tick boxes.  Tick the ones you belong to and wear.
Discussion: Tech Digest and WebMetricsGuru
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 …
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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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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Questions for YouTube's Steve Chen?
IDC:
Handheld Device Shipments Decline 43.5% Year Over Year As Vendors Exit …
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 Earlier Items: 
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
XD:
Stacks Overlays
Discussion: Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can You Clone Tangler For $1,500?