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11:55 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]  —  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.  That's a lot of res on that 6.7-inch screen.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon e-book reader coming Monday  —  Come Monday, it'll be all right.  That's when Amazon's e-book reader (tentatively called "Kindle") will be announced at the W Hotel in New York.  —  It'll supposedly cost $399, which means those of us who read casually will be stuck with paper books …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and TeleRead
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Picasa Web Integrates with Google Image Search  —  I've always wondered why Google prevents search engines to index a lot of user-generated content from its properties (photos uploaded to Blogger and Picasa Web Albums, public documents from Google Docs).  It's a strange decision …
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
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Robg / MacOSXHints.com:
10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar  —  One down, one to go?  Steve Miner somehow managed to figure out how to disable the translucent menu bar.  He posted a solution that involved editing a system-level plist, and then commenter Krioni came up with a one-line Terminal command.
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
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Steve / miner49r:
Turn off Translucent Menu Bar in Leopard
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft (MSFT) Still Hallucinating About Online Ad Future?  —  Reuters reports that Microsoft (MSFT) division president Kevin Johnson added more detail to Microsoft's online ad ambitions at a UBS conference yesterday.  Specifically, he said that within 3-5 years, Microsoft's goal is to become …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Search Engine Land
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
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.
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.
Discussion: mediabistro.com
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 …
Mark Ward / Press Association:
Colossus loses code-cracking race  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Bletchley's code-breaking effort shortened the war by many months  —  An amateur cryptographer has beaten Colossus in a code-cracking challenge set up to mark the end of a project to rebuild the pioneering computer.
Discussion: Switched and Guardian Unlimited
New York Times:
Led by Robots, Roaches Abandon Instincts  —  Many a mother has said, with a sigh, "If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?"  —  The answer, for cockroaches at least, may well be yes.  Researchers using robotic roaches were able to persuade real cockroaches to do things …
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
 
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3.0 may ship with a slew of "blocking" bugs intact
Discussion: Gizmodo and Asa Dotzler
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
DivX Bets Big on H.264, Buys MainConcept
Discussion: GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iriver teases with D27
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Vista SP1 release candidate goes out to testers
Discussion: DailyTech
Bill Ray / The Register:
Truphone phones a friend
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Garmin Pulls TeleAtlas Bid; Stock Soars
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Anti-P2P college bill advances in House
Discussion: Techdirt, Releaselog and Slashdot
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple considering raise for Jobs?
 Earlier Items: 
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Connecting Data Using Google Spreadsheets
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is the VW Space Up! interface developed by Apple?
Discussion: Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In The Labs: 100 Gbps Over Copper
Business Week:
The Paperless Map Is the Killer App
Discussion: All Points Blog
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
Samsung scandal revives image problems
Discussion: Engadget
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
SNES Controller for Wii Makes Me Go So Nice [Retro Love]
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Switch gear  —  John Bardeen (left), William Shockley (seated) and Walter Brattain (right)
Brendon Chase / CNET News.com:
U2 previews unreleased track on Facebook, snubs MySpace?