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1:45 PM ET, November 12, 2007

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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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Releases Android SDK, $10M for Developers  —  The Google-led Open Handset Alliance has released the Android Software Development Kit (SDK).  The Android SDK needs an x86-based computer running Windows XP or Vista; Mac OS 10.4.8 or later; or Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake or later …
Barry Schnitt / Google:
Google Announces $10 Million Android Developer Challenge  —  Challenge to Inspire Innovation and Improve Mobile Experience  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android&trade …
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.)
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft's Zune Originals customizations: free, starting tomorrow
Discussion: CyberNet and Gadgetell
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.
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Al Gore Lands A Seat At Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: CNET News.com
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Al Gore joins Kleiner Perkins as a partner — to push green investments
Discussion: Valleywag
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: TechCrunch, CrunchGear, PDA and Slashdot
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
After Penryn, Industry Looks Down Intel's Roadmap  —  Despite the hype over Intel's 45-nanometer manufacturing, analysts are more eager to see what's in store next year.  —  Now that Intel's Penryn family has arrived, it's time to ask: What's next?  —  With all the hype that Intel created around …
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Computerworld:
Intel launches power-efficient Penryn processors
Discussion: InfoWorld and TechSpot News
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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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 …
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 …
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
O2 says iPhone 'fastest-selling' device ever  —  Mobile group fights back against reports that sales of the much-hyped gadget are below expectations.  —  O2 sought to dismiss reports that the Apple iPhone is selling at a slower than expected pace claiming the device was its "fastest-selling" ever.
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Rebuilding Hollywood in Silicon Valley's image  —  Last week I posted a rather pointed polemic titled "Suicide by strike" in which I argued that the big entertainment companies were acting suicidally in picking a fight with the writers at precisely the wrong time.
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
New Updates to Windows Vista available via Windows Update this week  —  As you probably know and as we've mentioned in previous posts, we use Windows Update to periodically deliver updates for Windows Vista.  We do this so that customers need not wait for a service pack or another or larger release …
 
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Ultra-portable Apple notebook to splash down at Macworld Expo
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CNET News.com
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
HTC Touch Cruise gets official launch
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
NBC Provides Downloadable Shows, Sheer Frustration
Taipei Times:
Bureau warns on tainted discs
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Can WiMax make it in the U.S.?  —  news analysis With Sprint Nextel …
Discussion: DSLreports, GigaOM and Digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Phew. Michael Robertson Finally Gets Sued
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Accelerate your startup this Friday
Discussion: AccMan Pro
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Publicis chief warns on internet ad revenues
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Free Hosting for Facebook Apps
Steven Zeitchik / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu checks out WBTV library
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
PC is Stark Naked, But Safe For Work [All Nude]
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
O2 on iPhone: 8,000 activations on day one, 5-year contract
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Apple Gazette
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to ship Windows Server 2008, over time, in eight flavors