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4:10 AM ET, November 16, 2007


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Carlye Adler / Wired News:
The Man Behind the's VC Slagfest Reveals Himself to Wired  —  The door swings open before I have a chance to knock, and I get my first glimpse of the man known to thousands only as Ted.  At 6'5" in socks, he is squeezed into the door frame of his midtown Manhattan loft.
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Apple admits to 'misleading' Leopard firewall settings  —  Apple has fessed up to at least three serious design weaknesses in the new application-based firewall that ships with Mac OS X Leopard.  —  The acknowledgment from Cupertino comes less than a month after independent researchers threw cold water …
Discussion: Crave
Dan Goodin / The Register:
With one bound, Apple is free of 54 security bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News and Security Fix
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Apple releases first Leopard update
Brendon Chase / CNET
U2 previews unreleased track on Facebook, snubs MySpace?  —  Bono has given the creators of Facebook app iLike a sneak preview of U2's upcoming re-release of the Joshua Tree, which will feature previously unreleased tracks.  —  Wearing his trademark sunglasses Bono, the lead singer of U2 …
Amazon to debut Kindle e-book reader Monday  —  Amazon is betting that e-books aren't a total e-bust.  —  On Monday, the online retail giant will unveil its Kindle e-book reader at a high-profile event in New York, an industry source told CNET Thursday.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon PR: Neither Open Nor Social  —  Is Amazon supporting Open Social?  If they are, that would be big news.  If they have decided not to, that would be big news too.  We reported last night that Amazon was announcing support for the Google-led protocol, along with a number of other smaller announcements.
Study shows Google favored over other search engines by webmasters  —  University Park, Pa. - Web site policy makers who use robots.txt files as gatekeepers to specify what is open and what is off limits to Web crawlers have a bias that favors Google over other search engines …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon 'Customers Vote' deals are outstanding  —  How'd you like a Wii for $79?  Unbelievable.  See this is why you can't get a Wii anywhere.  Amazon's been hoarding them all for this very event.  Up for grabs is your choice of 1000 Wii consoles at $79 each, 1000 40GB PS3 consoles at $139 each …
Matt /
Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?  —  At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa's top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the "first screenshots" of his new project on search.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook: Who Else Wants to Invest at $15B?  No One?  —  It's been three weeks since Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg took a desperate Microsoft to the cleaners with a $15 billion valuation.  It's been 2.9 weeks since Forbes reported that Facebook had raised an additional $500 million from …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blowtorch Raises $50 Million to Launch a New Hollywood Studio  —  Kelly Rodriques and Paul Schiff are creating a new Hollywood studio from scratch called Blowtorch Entertainment.  The company is just launching with a $50 million investment from Ignition Partners, Hollywood individuals, and at least one (unnamed) hedge fund.
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Radiohead's Low Price Might Mean Higher Profit  —  Radiohead's name-your-own-price sale of its new In Rainbows album has generated lots of commentary, especially since comscore released data claiming that 62% of customers set their price at zero, with the remaining 38% setting an average price of $6 …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
WebKit 3's ten new tricks  —  As Apple's core rendering engine for Safari (and many third-party apps), WebKit has come quite a ways since its early days at Apple.  Open sourced in 2005, its development has remained sure and steady, thanks to a reliable increase in Safari's adoption …
Discussion: CyberNet, Compiler and 9 to 5 Mac
Google Public Policy Blog:
Candidates at Google: Barack Obama  —  Posted by Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs  —  Barack Obama added another "first" to his already notable list yesterday: he became the first U.S. presidential candidate — and, I'm guessing, the first high-level elected official …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard on Eee: A match made in heaven?  —  Inevitable?  Yes.  Super great?  Absolutely.  Do we potentially derive too much pleasure from answering our own questions?  Quite possibly.  Asus has really built itself a PC ripe for the tinkering — as Dan at UNEASYsilence points out …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Loopt extends location alerts  —  Loopt, which offers a mobile friend-finding service, has extended the reach of its application with a new feature that allows users to notify not just other Loopt users but any friend of their whereabouts via text or IM.  —  Starting Thursday the Loopt service …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Points Blog
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Loopt May Be "Friending" More Mobile Networks
Discussion: Mashable!
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