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1:20 PM 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon e-book reader coming Monday
Discussion: Ubergizmo and TeleRead
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 …
Microsoft aims to be one of "top two" in Web advertising
Discussion: 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 …
Yiwyn / FORTUNE: Techland:
AdSense developer leaves Google  —  By Yi-Wyn Yen  —  Gokul Rajaram, a high-ranking Google product manager who helped launch one of the search giant's most profitable ventures has left to start his own company.  —  "I've been having the itch to do something entrepreneurial for awhile now …
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.
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.
Robg /
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.
As store sales hit the brakes, retailers look for holiday cheer online  —  This year's holiday shopping season won't be a sleigh ride through the park for retailers overall, but merchants in the online channel will have much to cheer, market forecasters are saying.
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AMD Sells 8.1% Stake To Abu Dhabi Investment Arm  —  Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced that it sold an 8.1% stake in the form of 49 million newly issued common shares to a unit of Mubadala Development Co., an investment company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
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
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is the VW Space Up! interface developed by Apple?  —  Nice interior huh?  And how 'bout that 7-inch touchscreen display slapped onto the center console.  Pretty sweet right?  You're looking at the inside of VW's third iteration of their Space Up! — the Space Up! blue — just revealed at the LA auto show.
Discussion: MacUser and Digg
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