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10:20 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: mocoNews.net and Web Worker Daily
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 and n.sputnik
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Amazon does yet another thing Microsoft wanted to do (my April Fools turns out to be true)  —  Newsweek has the scoop.  I'm held by NDA until tomorrow.  —  But, I know that the Sony Reader was an object of Bill Gates' attention.  He wanted to do one of his own.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
PDF capabilities in Kindle: Newsweek puff job reveals more details  —  Having knocked the Amazon Kindle earlier, let me also serve up some positives from Newsweek—beyond Jeff Bezos' laudable belief that customers shouldn't have to pay as much for DRMed books.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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)?
Steven / StevenLevy.com:
Is the Kindle Ugly?  —  I did this week's Newsweek's cover story …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Facebook's hopes to enter the tangled web of China gain momentum  —  Facebook appears to have decided on acquisition as its preferred method of entering the booming Chinese market, after months of speculation about how the social networking website would tap the country's rapid growth and avoid …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com  —  Facebook is said to have offered $85 million to acquire Zhanzuo.com, a Chinese social networking site with seven million users.  —  According to The Times, Jack Zhang, Zhanzuo's chief executive …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
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
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Adds 17 New Members To Newspaper Consortium  —  Although the Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Newspaper Consortium is facing growing challenges, local papers are still finding its ad partnership offering attractive.  The AP reports that Yahoo has added 17 new members to the consortium, including The Columbus Dispatch.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Associated Press
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechBizMedia
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
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
AT&T talks with Google about joining wireless software group
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why Virtual Theft Should Matter to Real Life Tech Companies
John Markoff / New York Times:
Adding Math to List of Security Threats
Discussion: Between the Lines
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The brand promise of Apple