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4:45 PM ET, November 14, 2007

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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 …
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.
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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'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.
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
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. and InfoWorld
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Chinese Carriers Interested in iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Software update for Nokia N800 tablet leaks, fans go gaga  —  Updated: This post was edited for clarity, and to link to an alternate source for a N810 serial number (see below).  —  Details of a major operating-system upgrade for Nokia's Linux-based N800 Internet Tablet device was leaked Wednesday afternoon.
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Mozilla responds: Firefox is independent  —  In this interview, Mozilla's technology strategist Mike Shaver responds to and rejects recent claims that Firefox and Google are getting a bit too close for comfort.  Mozilla is independent, he says, with or without Google's $56 million.
Discussion: Computerworld
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
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, TechCrunch and Mark Evans
 
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