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2:50 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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Huge, Risky Wireless Plan Could Crush Cash Flow  —  In awe about how much Google has spent on capital expenditures in recent years?  ($3.9 billion in the last eight quarters).  You ain't seen nothing yet.  —  According to the WSJ, Google is indeed preparing to bid …
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 …
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 …
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Henry Blodget / The Huffington Post:
Microsoft: Hallucinating...Or About to Buy Yahoo?  —  I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that Microsoft division president Kevin Johnson is not a moron.  I'm also going to assume that, when Johnson said yesterday that Microsoft plans to grow its Internet search share from 10 percent …
Reuters:
Microsoft aims to be one of "top two" in Web advertising  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. aims to be one of the top two players in the online advertising market in three to five years, a company executive in charge of the business said on Thursday.  —  Speaking at a UBS investor conference …
Discussion: Epicenter, Mashable! and Digg
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Amazon to launch Kindle e-book reader on Monday?  —  At this point we've heard so many predicted launch dates for Amazon's Kindle ebook reader we're a little jaded about the whole thing, but CNET is reporting that their always-reliable "industry sources" have confirmed a Monday launch for the device and service.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Amazon e-book reader coming Monday
Discussion: Salon, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For Wikia Search; First Screen Shots Shown In South Africa
Discussion: ParisLemon and matthewbuckland.com
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A first look at the Firefox 3 visual refresh for Linux  —  Mozilla ruffled some penguin feathers last month when the organization revealed that Firefox 3 would get an extensive visual refresh to maximize integration with Windows and Mac OS X, but not Linux.  After the decision was widely criticized …
Discussion: Compiler and Digg
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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 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple considering raise for Jobs?  —  After years of drawing just a dollar in salary, Apple CEO Steve Jobs could be in store for a raise.  —  Apple filed its annual report for its 2007 fiscal year Thursday afternoon, and hinted in a section about executive compensation that Jobs could be in for some real money fairly soon.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell's XPS ONE now on sale  —  Shortly after being leaked, revealed, unclothed and paraded around in public, Dell's 20-inch XPS ONE is finally available to the masses.  Up now on company's webstore are four pre-configured systems, with the high-ender rocking a Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor …
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 and Mashable!
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
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.
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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InternetRetailer.com:
As store sales hit the brakes, retailers look for holiday cheer online
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Baidu readies mobile search apps in answer to Google
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FORTUNE: Big Tech:
Nielsen: Facebook growth outpaces MySpace
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Vista SP1 release candidate goes out to testers
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New York Times:
Led by Robots, Roaches Abandon Instincts
Discussion: The Register and Gizmodo
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Connecting Data Using Google Spreadsheets
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Trends Reveals People's Predictability
Discussion: Googling Google
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Business Week:
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Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Web Videos Stealing TV Viewers, and Marketers