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6:55 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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Publishes Unreleased U2 Song  —  This is a huge win for music site iLike - U2's Bono recorded an interview with the iLike founders talking about the history of a new song called Wave of Sorrow.  The song, which is being released on Tuesday next week as part of the remastered Joshua Tree album and DVD …
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: Scobleizer
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Update: Apple releases first Leopard update
Matt / matthewbuckland.com:
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!
Business Week:
Social Networking with the Elite  —  Tired of the Web masses?  Now you can find your own gated communities on the Net—if they'll let you in  —  Are you on the digital A-list?  It's no longer enough to get invited to exclusive conferences or be asked to join professional organizations …
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.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Seiko High-Res Super-Thin EBook Reader [E-Ink]  —  Seiko High-Res Super-Thin EBook Reader  —  More E-Book News, this one a prototype from Seiko Epson, makers of the cool E-ink watch.  The device's form factor is at least as thin as Sony's Reader, but it has a 1200x1600 display.
Discussion: technabob and PalmAddicts
live.psu.edu:
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 …
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.
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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Wall Street Journal:
Google Has Even Bigger Plans for Mobile Phones  —  Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones.  But that's far from the limit of the Internet giant's wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.
Discussion: Engadget and GigaOM
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
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Web Videos Stealing TV Viewers, and Marketers  —  WHY are fewer viewers watching the new fall television series?  Perhaps because they are too busy watching video online.  —  As broadband service becomes more available at home, the growing prevalence of video programming on the Internet …
Discussion: Social Media
 
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Jason Dunn / Pocket PC Thoughts:
iPAQ 100 Series Classic Handheld Unboxing & First Impressions
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Mobility Site
BBC:
Game gear  —  Games like Crysis can demand high-specification hardware
Readership Institute:
Data as journalism, journalism as data
Eric Zeman / InformationWeek:
Apple: More iPhone Features Coming
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Striking Writers Point Out Viacom Hypocrisy; Claiming Online Video …
Discussion: WebProNews and Boing Boing
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
"Ungated" New York Times Brings Record Visits in October …
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Slacker update
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard on Eee: A match made in heaven?
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Radiohead's Low Price Might Mean Higher Profit
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Zune 80 scarcer than a Wii, Microsoft blames popularity
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: Blogging Pro and Valleywag
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon 'Customers Vote' deals are outstanding
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Reverse engineering cracks Windows encryption
Discussion: WinBeta
Paul McIntyre / Sydney Morning Herald:
Revenue: one search Google won't answer
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook: Who Else Wants to Invest at $15B? No One?