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4:05 AM ET, November 18, 2007

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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.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC Acquires 'Quarterlife'; Internet Series Will Run First Online  —  NBC has concluded a first-of-its-kind deal to acquire the talked-about new Internet and social network series "Quarterlife" for distribution as an hourlong drama series on the NBC network after it has first played in eight-minute segments on several Web sites.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online Show Quarterlife Gets Picked Up By NBC For Network Debut …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
PayPerPost Bloggers Get Slammed By Google  —  If participating in PayPerPost wasn't questionable enough morally before, today it's now a poisoned chalice as Google has commenced punishing PayPerPost bloggers by completely removing their page rank.  —  IZEA (the new holding company for PayPerPost) …
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Tedmurphy / IZEA Blogs:
Google Goes after the Everyday Blogger  —  Last night Google decided to go after some of the bloggers in our network, reducing their PR from whatever they previously had to zero.  Once again Google has proved that PR has little to do with blog traffic, influence or relevance and everything …
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.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and WinBeta
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Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Visual Studio 2008 Is Imminent  —  Microsoft will ship its latest developer tool set as soon as Nov. 19 and by the end of November at the latest.  —  Microsoft has signed off on Visual Studio 2008 and is expected to release it early next week—on Nov. 19, sources said.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Whoa: AdultFriendFinder May Have Been Acquired For $1 Billion+  —  Update: Penthouse Media Group may be the buyer.  —  The world's basest online dating site may have had a major liquidity event.  Palo Alto based Various, Inc., which owns AdultFriendFinder and scores of other sites …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft DNS bug long-known, familiar to researchers  —  Problem goes back at least a decade, say security pros  —  The DNS cache poisoning bug that Microsoft Corp. patched last Tuesday stems from a flaw that has been known to researchers for 10 years or more, the two security firms credited …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Another EliteTorrents Uploader Facing 10 Years in Prison  —  Every few months it seems the FBI manages to come up with yet more people to charge in connection with Operation D-Elite - the joint ICE and FBI raids against the US-based BitTorrent tracker, EliteTorrents, in 2005.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Neowin.net and Digg
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.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
I WANT MY METRICS, AND I WANT THEM NOW!  —  Media companies live and breathe — in large part — through the benevolence of the agencies that control vast resources of ad dollars for their clients.  This relationship is a part of what's being disrupted by Media 2., and it's …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
23andme: Evil Or The Way Of The Future?  —  23andMe, the genetics company founded by Sergey Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki will launch Monday with a service that will bring science fiction into reality.  —  23andMe will offer a genetic screening service for $999.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
MySpace redesign to match Facebook feature for feature [Rumormonger]  —  MySpace redesign to match Facebook feature for feature  —  Why does Facebook seem to have more momentum now than MySpace?  Some might tell you it's Facebook's vastly superior user interface.  Oh, and that the site actually works most of the time.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Is Facebook Advertising Effective?  —  Fred Wilson has been updating the world about his venture in Facebook advertising over the past week.  Today, Fred posted and updated screenshot of his ad campaign's performance and it doesn't appear to be too stellar.  For one of his campaigns, out of 10,080 impressions there were only 8 clicks.
 
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Bloomberg:
Vonage's Appeal Refused; Verizon Owed $120 Million
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft's Bill Hilf Reveals Its Open Source Strategy
Discussion: TechWeb and Open Source
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
The Writers Strike And The Future Of The Net
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Freetards turn on Google
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Will the Credit Crunch Inflate the Internet Bubble?
Discussion: /Message
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Google confirms Adsense ads, security problems in Facebook applications
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone Malware Demo Freaking Me Out, Man [Apple]
Bernard Lunn / Read/WriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Future of Business Networking
Discussion: Marc's Voice and broadstuff