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2:00 AM ET, November 16, 2007

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Carlye Adler / Wired News:
The Man Behind the TheFunded.com'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 …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard 10.5.1 is now available  —  Leopard bugs got you down?  Apple just pushed out its first update for the new OS, 10.5.1.  It looks like it cures a whole laundry list of niggles with Leopard, including that nasty "potential data loss" issue with partitions in Finder.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
With one bound, Apple is free of 54 security bugs
Discussion: TechSpot News and Security Fix
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Apple issues an early fix for Leopard...
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Apple releases first Leopard update
CNET News.com:
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 News.com 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.
Brendon Chase / CNET News.com:
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 …
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Moola Opens "Massively Multiplayer Rewards Game" to Public  —  Toronto, Canada-based Moola has been operating an invite-only beta for a little over 18 months and will on Friday open their site to the public (they'll be officially launching at the TechCrunch Meetup in Boston).
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Judge dismisses shareholder backdating suit against Apple execs  —  A California judge on Wednesday granted Apple's motion for dismissal in a stock options backdating lawsuit brought against chief executive Steve Jobs and thirteen other current and former members of the company's leadership …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Striking Writers Point Out Viacom Hypocrisy; Claiming Online Video …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
"Ungated" New York Times Brings Record Visits in October …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Podcast: Oracle and Sun VMs, Fusion revelations and more...
Discussion: eWEEK.com and deal architect
InfoWorld:
Oracle, BEA under scrutiny as market slumps
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
David Weinberger / The Huffington Post:
Facebook's Privacy Default
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
IBM's Blue Cloud is Web Computing By Another Name
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune 80 scarcer than a Wii, Microsoft blames popularity
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Garmin, TomTom Settle One Fight, In Order To Concentrate On A Different Fight
Google Public Policy Blog:
Candidates at Google: Barack Obama
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Who is Blogging and Why? Is the Blogosphere in a Digestion Phase?
Discussion: Valleywag and Blogging Pro
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Loopt extends location alerts
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Reverse engineering cracks Windows encryption
Discussion: WinBeta
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Modern PCs to challenge WWII codebreaker
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
Revenue: one search Google won't answer
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
CBS Offers Midtown Manhattan Free Wireless Internet Access