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12:20 PM 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.
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 …
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Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
Google's Secret 10GbE Switch
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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: Gizmodo, TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
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 …
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
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
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Adding Math to List of Security Threats  —  One of the world's most prominent cryptographers issued a warning on Friday about a hypothetical incident in which a math error in a widely used computing chip places the security of the global electronic commerce system at risk.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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."
Discussion: StevenLevy.com, TeleRead and Slashdot
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.
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
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
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 …
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
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I WANT MY METRICS, AND I WANT THEM NOW!  —  Media companies live …
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