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10:20 AM ET, November 16, 2007

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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.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Ready To Bid For Wireless, Maybe  —  Lots of stories have swirled over the question of will they or won't they bid in the FCC's 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, but Google now looks like a lock to pony up some cash.  —  If Google bids for the 700MHz spectrum, they could do so with …
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.
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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, Gadget Lab and PalmAddicts
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 …
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.
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Web Sites Tear Down That Wall  —  Rupert Murdoch's announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal's Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.
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Darius Wey / Pocket PC Thoughts:
E-TEN Announces the Glofiish M800  —  The M800 is finally here - it's everything you love and hate about the X800, plus a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.  So yes, that means 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, a VGA (480 x 640) touch screen, and Windows Mobile 6 Professional.  Want one?
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Trends Reveals People's Predictability  —  Google Trends shows an interesting search popularity graph for the queries "turkey" (as in turkey the food, too) and "diet":  —  On North-American Thanksgiving day, the searches for a traditional dish for the festivity peak.
Discussion: Googling Google
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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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: CrunchGear and Social Media
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!
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung scandal revives image problems  —  SEOUL, South Korea - South Koreans take great pride in Samsung, known worldwide for sleek flat-screen TVs, high-tech mobile phones, hulking container ships and major construction projects.  —  But a spreading bribery scandal has renewed old concerns …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Switch gear  —  John Bardeen (left), William Shockley (seated) and Walter Brattain (right)  —  Sixty years ago two scientists would start a month of experiments that would come to shape the modern world.  —  The period of work by John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, working under William Shockley …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In The Labs: 100 Gbps Over Copper  —  Copper, some telecom insiders joke, is like a cockroach - it never dies and keeps coming back.  Someone always comes up with a way to use the copper in a new sort of a way.  When we are all dreaming of a fiber to the home future, there comes …
 
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) Still Hallucinating About Online Ad Future?
Discussion: Search Engine Land
BBC:
China spying 'biggest US threat'
Business Week:
The Paperless Map Is the Killer App
Discussion: All Points Blog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
SNES Controller for Wii Makes Me Go So Nice [Retro Love]
Discussion: GameBrink.Com and Gadget Lab
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-crack race
Jim Romenesko / Poynter Online:
USA Today to eliminate 45 newsroom positions
Caitlin Fitzsimmons / PDA:
Who really wants a phone that plays music?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Jason Dunn / Pocket PC Thoughts:
iPAQ 100 Series Classic Handheld Unboxing & First Impressions
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Mobility Site
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Game gear  —  Games like Crysis can demand high-specification hardware
Readership Institute:
Data as journalism, journalism as data
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Moola Opens "Massively Multiplayer Rewards Game" to Public
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blowtorch Raises $50 Million to Launch a New Hollywood Studio
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Striking Writers Point Out Viacom Hypocrisy; Claiming Online Video …
Discussion: WebProNews and Boing Boing
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Amazon PR: Neither Open Nor Social
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leopard on Eee: A match made in heaven?
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Radiohead's Low Price Might Mean Higher Profit
Discussion: Memex 1.1