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7:31 PM ET, November 18, 2007

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Steven Levy / Newsweek.com:
The Future of Reading  —  Amazon's Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore.  Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind's most divine creations: the book itself.  —  "Technology," computer pioneer Alan Kay once said, "is anything that was invented after you were born."
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon.com's Kindle Book Reader: The Details And The Devil  —  So it is a bit ridiculous that Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) has been trying to keep us from disclosing the details on its Kindle e-book device, while giving Newsweek a cover story two days before the launch.
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
How Amazon Could Kindle Some Interest in E-books  —  Wouldn't it have been cool if Amazon built an e-book reader so inexpensive they could almost give it away for free, then make money by selling e-books for people to read on it (or selling upscale versions of the reader later)?
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Amazon's Kindle: pay to read blogs?  WTF?  —  So lots of people probably know by now (at least if they read Techmeme) that Amazon is launching an electronic book-reading gizmo called the Kindle on Monday, and there's a gigantic cover story about it in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Huh?  The Kindle e-reader ISN'T ugly?  So says Steve Levy, author of Newsweek puff piece—in response to my Publishers Weekly blog  —  So, gang, is Amazon's Kindle e-reader really a thing of beauty?  The overwhelming reaction online is a big fat No. "Same fugly hot mess we've been seeing for months," says Jane at Dear Author.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
In Korea, a Boot Camp Cure for Web Obsession  —  MOKCHEON, South Korea — The compound — part boot camp, part rehab center — resembles programs around the world for troubled youths.  Drill instructors drive young men through military-style obstacle courses, counselors lead group sessions …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now Google Is Making Its Own 10-Gigabit Switches  —  Google, has been known to come up with its own technologies when dissatisfied with commercial and/or open source offerings.  The company had previously started making its own server hardware.  And now it seems the company engineers …
PC World:
Firefox Exploit can Hack Gmail  —  Vulnerability allows malicious code into browsers, revealing users' Google accounts.  —  Darren Pauli, Computerworld Australia  —  Recommend this story?  —  Mozilla has taken another security blow with the discovery that Google user accounts can be accessed through a dangerous Firefox exploit.
Associated Press:
Destination of 'recycled' electronics may surprise you  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Most Americans think they're helping the earth when they recycle their old computers, televisions and cell phones.  But chances are they're contributing to a global trade in electronic trash …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joe Duck
Bloomberg:
AT&T talks with Google about joining wireless software group  —  AT&T eyes teaming up  —  AT&T has talked with Google about joining its mobile-phone software alliance.  The phone company is "analyzing the situation" and may use Google's software for phones, Ralph de la Vega …
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Tech.co.uk:
Terabit-class data pipes movies in an instant  —  Advanced maths brought to bear on fibre-optic speed problem  —  When it comes to internet speeds, we've long-since consigned the humble kilobit-class connection to the dustbin, so a mathematics-based breakthrough has us wondering if megabit …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Beatblogging  —  For reasons below and with apologies, I'm late linking to Jay Rosen's next project, BeatBlogging.  —  As Jay said, this may not look new because reporters have always been surrounded by networks of experts, people who — pace Dan Gillmor — know more than they do.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The brand promise of Apple  —  This is an Apple ad:  —  Done by Apple.  More on that later.  —  So, last night I was out to dinner with a bunch of smart people.  Folks who run their own companies.  Folks who have helped many companies get started.  Tech companies.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why Virtual Theft Should Matter to Real Life Tech Companies  —  The BBC recently reported that Holland police apprehended a teenager suspected of heisting nearly $6000 worth of furniture that does not, in the strictest sense, exist.  That's because he stole the goods from members …
MSDN Subscriptions WebLog:
Look for Visual Studio 2008 Downloads on Top Subscriber Downloads - Coming Soon  —  Visual Studio 2008 is anticipated out very soon, with availability for Subscribers.  Check out the "Top Subscriber Downloads" area on http://msdn2.microsoft.com/subscription s for VS 2008 downloads.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Visual Studio 2008 Is Imminent
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