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11:35 AM ET, November 14, 2007

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Inbox 2.0: Yahoo and Google to Turn E-Mail Into a Social Network  —  Ignore Orkut, OpenSocial, Yahoo Mash and Yahoo 360.  Google and Yahoo have come up with new and very similar plans to respond to the challenge from MySpace and Facebook: They hope to turn their e-mail systems …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Inbox 2.0 Makes Me Sad  —  Saul Hansell at the The New York Times is reporting that both Yahoo and Google are planning to use their email services as the core of their social networking strategy over time.  —  Of course, by social network, they mean Facebook and MySpace.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Says the Future Will be Modeled on Facebook
Discussion: Practical Blogging
usercentric.com:
Direct Comparison of iPhone and Hard-Key QWERTY Phone Owners Indicates Higher  —  Text Entry Error Rate for iPhones  —  User Centric, Inc., a Chicago-based usability consultancy, finished a third and final study examining the user experience of Apple's iPhone.
Nokia:
It's what cameras have become - the new Nokia N82  —  Nokia introduces a leading edge connected camera, navigation device and multimedia computer in one  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia unveils the Nokia N82, the latest multimedia computer optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity.
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
View Wall Street Journal Online articles from Digg  —  The Wall Street Journal Online is adding Digg buttons across the entire site, and you'll now have full (free) access to the articles submitted to Digg.  The Digg buttons have started appearing on WSJ.com articles tonight.  —  Digg on.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Wall Street Journal digs Digg. Should we read into this?
Discussion: Lost Remote and Webware.com
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:   Murdoch Said to Stress Free Access to Wall St. Journal's Web Site
Sandisk:
SanDisk Offers New Flash-Based Accelerator to Speed Up System Performance in Consumer Laptops and PCs  —  SanDisk Vaulter Disk, a PCI Express Module, Wins  —  2008 Best of Innovations Award From Consumer Electronics Association  —  SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today unveiled …
BBC:
Nintendo warns of Wii shortages  —  A chronic shortage of Nintendo's popular Wii console could mean disappointment for those putting it at the top of their Christmas list.  —  The BBC has learned that high street retailers are struggling to keep up with demand for the console, which has been in short supply for months.
Discussion: TechWag, Digital Trends and Switched
Victoria Shannon / New York Times:
Google Hits European Hurdle on DoubleClick Deal  —  European regulators refused Tuesday to approve Google's $3.1 billion purchase of the Internet advertising company DoubleClick.  They ordered a review of the deal amid opposition from rivals, publishers and consumer groups.
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Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Google acquisition of DoubleClick rejected for now
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Mashable!
BBC:
EU will investigate Google deal
Discussion: BetaNews and Slashdot
Christoph Oehler / Google LatLong:
Google Transit trip planning in Europe  —  We are very happy to announce the launch of Google Transit trip planner in Europe.  For quite some time, Google Maps has featured transit stop icons with helpful information like lines serving a station and next departures for many cities.
Liz Eraker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Senate helping make gov't more searchable  —  Let's say you're looking for some publicly available government information online.  Maybe you're searching for property records or background on your local school district.  Chances are, you'll start your quest not by typing in the URL …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Red Hat turns to Platform for Linux cluster charge  —  SC07 Red Hat and Platform Computing have opted to attack the high performance computing realm together.  —  The software makers this week touted a partnership will see Platform marry its Open Cluster Stack with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Market Wire:
VeriSign Refines Strategic Direction to Focus on Internet Infrastructure  —  Strategy Broadens Footprint in Core Businesses and Returns to DNA  —  VeriSign, Inc. (NasdaqGS:VRSN - News), the leading provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, unveiled new details …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenDocument Foundation closes up shop after slamming OpenDocument Format  —  The OpenDocument Foundation, a little-known industry group that was originally created to promote the OpenDocument Format (ODF), has closed its doors after controversially dropping support for ODF in favor of an obscure W3C format.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and PlexNex
Dembot:
Why Mahalo is Fundamentally Flawed  —  Jason Calacanis has a new videoblog called Mahalo Daily.  The show is starring Veronica Belmont.  [I'm a big fan of Veronica (Hi Veronica!)]  Unfortunately, I think Veronica will not be able to get much support for the show by working for Mahalo.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Automattic Founders To Take Big Money Off The Table  —  It didn't make a lot of sense when we heard that Automattic, the company that created the Wordpress.com blogging platform and oversees the Wordpress.org open source project, turned down a $200 million buyout offer.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Odelbee and Changing Way
 
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Phil Shapiro / Community Voices:
You're Switching My Apartment to Comcast? I'm Moving Out
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Independent Film Makers Thrilled That People 'Pirated' Their Movie
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Amazon to introduce Kindle e-book reader on November 19?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook application lets you apply to college
Eric J. Sinrod / CNET News.com:
Going cold turkey off a handheld
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Barack Obama to name a "Chief Technology Officer"
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Wal-Mart's $200 PC - sold out
Associated Press:
Singapore's MobileOne phone operator eyeing acquisition targets, Apple's iPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Silly Rumor Du Jour: Comcast And Clearwire; Also, Why You Don't …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise: eSnips May Monetize Better Than Digg
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle offers a peek at social apps and Fusion
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch Shelton'08 low-cost desktop platform next year
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Russia Casts A Selective Net in Piracy Crackdown
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
Janet Morrissey / New York Times:
AT&T to Sell Equipment to Monitor Workplaces
Discussion: Reuters and Rough Type
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
SIX APART IS FIXING FORUMS
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Redefines the Clickable AdSense Area
 

 
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