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5:55 PM ET, November 14, 2007

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PC Pro:
Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers  —  The boss of Warner Music has made a rare public confession that the music industry has to take some of the blame for the rise of p2p file sharing.  —  Speaking at the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress in Macau, Edgar Bronfman told mobile operators …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Sun launches xVM virtualization platform  —  At Oracle OpenWorld Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, unveiled his company's latest twist on virtualization-the Sun xVM platform.  Sun xVM is based on the Xen hypervisor and supports Windows, Linux and Solaris guest operating systems, Green said.
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BBC:
'Virtual theft' leads to arrest  —  A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from "rooms" in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.  —  The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Barack Obama to name a "Chief Technology Officer"  —  The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has given VentureBeat an exclusive look at his technology plan, which he plans to unveil officially tomorrow (Wednesday) before a visit to Google's headquarters.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Barack Obama's Google-Friendly Technology Platform
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Obama outlines federal CTO position; Where's the power?
Walt Mossberg / The Mossberg Solution:
Singing a New Zune  —  Microsoft's Retooled Player Marks a Vast Improvement; However, It's Still No iPod  —  November 14, 2007  —  by Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret  —  Last year, when Microsoft Corp. introduced its Zune music player to take on Apple's iPod juggernaut, the software giant struck out.
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Ballmer Welcomes Google's Android OS to "Microsoft's World"  —  Ballmer has some more interesting insight into looking at the world through Microsoft-colored glasses.  —  At a recent Tokyo press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say about Google and its new Android OS …
Discussion: TechSpot News
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Computerworld:
Google Android gets positive early reviews
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Radio Google  —  Google's phone plan begins a war with Verizon, Microsoft and the wishes of the feds.  —  Google's November surprise will rattle the wireless industry for months.  On Nov. 5 the Mountain View, Calif. search giant announced that it had cobbled together an alliance …
public.resource.org:
Announcement  —  1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.  —  Public.Resource.Org and Fastcase, Inc. announced today that they will release a large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754.
Business Wire:
Red Hat and Hyperic Extend Collaboration on Open Source Systems Management Technology  —  Combined technologies and open source innovation provide customers with superior management solutions  —  RALEIGH, N.C. & SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Red Hat (NYSE: RHT - News) …
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Hacker finds 492,000 unprotected Oracle, SQL database servers  —  A survey by renowned database hacker David Litchfield has found a whopping 492,000 Microsoft SQL and Oracle database servers directly accessible to the Internet without firewall protection.  —  Litchfield (right) …
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple (AAPL): Estimating China iPhone Revenue Potential  —  Yesterday, Dan Frommer assessed a potential Apple iPhone deal with China Mobile (CHL) or China Unicom (CHU).  Last night, Reuters reported several reasons why a China deal isn't imminent, and we responded by saying that while it may not be imminent, it's inevitable.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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NEWSFACTOR:
Chinese Carriers Interested in iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook's Owen Van Natta Speaks!  —  Here's a video interview I did while at the Monaco Media Forum with Facebook's Chief Revenue Officer Owen Van Natta about the new ad product from the hot social network-dubbed "social advertising"- that has everyone's knickers in a knot.
Discussion: Valleywag
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
WordPress Traffic Passes TypePad, Execs Getting Rich?  —  WordPress is now the No. 2 most-visited blog host, passing rival SixApart's TypePad last month, according to the latest tally from Nielsen Online.  WordPress-hosted sites drew 11.4 million unique visitors last month …
Discussion: WebProNews, Mark Evans and Odelbee
 
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LG's 52-inch 52LG71 LCD TV boasts WiFi for HD streaming
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Software update for Nokia N800 tablet leaks, fans go gaga
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Apple iMac: Still the Desktop Star
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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