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8:50 AM ET, November 19, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle To Debut On Monday - Ugly But Impressive  —  The speculation over Amazon's new ebook gadget, called the Kindle, ends on Monday afternoon during a special Amazon press conference in New York.  Newsweek's Steven Levy claims to have had the device for weeks and wrote …
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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:
What I'd rather have than an eBook reader: the iPod Touchbook  —  First, let me say this: I will purchase an Amazon Kindle and will use it before I make any comments like, "it sucks," or, "it's the greatest device, ever."  However, from what I've read in this Newsweek cover story …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Magazine?  —  An interesting patent was granted to Google on November 8, titled "Customization of Content and Advertisements in Publications."  —  A number of blogs picked it up and speculated that Google may soon begin to offer users the ability to create customized, printed magazines from Internet content.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
AMD Spider Platform Is Gaming Supercomputer or So They Say [Spiderpig]  —  AMD has just announced their Spider platform, which they claim is the best PC gaming platform out there.  Spider combines AMD Phenom quad-core processors, up to four ATI Radeon HD 3800 cards and the AMD 7-Series chipset …
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Max Zuckerman / Channel 10:
Like having 2 graphics cards?  How about 4?  And why not add 4 CPU cores too...  About a year ago if you asked a PC building enthusiast what processor to use, he/she would probably have pointed you toward a slick 64-bit AMD chip which at the time was some of the best performance at a sweet price, win-win right?
Reuters:
Pioneer-backed online TV service launches test  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new online television service aims to offer what U.S. cable TV companies have resisted for decades — pay for only what you want.  —  SyncTV, a spin-off from Pioneer Electronics, a division of Pioneer Corp …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 …
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Jeremy Clarkson / Times of London:
Facebook's hopes to enter the tangled web of China gain momentum
Discussion: PDA, HipMojo.com, All Facebook and Mashable!
BBC:
Privacy, please  —  Some campaigners worry about using social sites such as Facebook  —  Regular columnist Bill Thompson wonders if it is time to create web services that can be trusted.  —  Like most journalists I know I'm very sloppy about keeping my online communications secure.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
PayPal offers secure way to shop non-PayPal sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - PayPal, the payments service arm of online auction leader eBay Inc, is set to release on Tuesday a convenient way for its customers to make payments on Web sites that don't accept PayPal directly.
Discussion: Things That, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
What Steve Said: "HD" vs. "High Quality"  —  At NewTeeVee Live last week, Om and I asked YouTube co-founder and CTO Steve Chen whether or not YouTube had plans to improve its video quality.  There's been some confusion and finger-pointing over Chen's reply, so I just want to quickly clear up what happened.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Sad State of Blogs
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Chinese conduct "aggressive and large-scale" espionage against US  —  The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) released a report to the United States Congress late last week accusing China of waging an "aggressive and large-scale industrial espionage campaign" against American technology.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ParisLemon
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple collecting your iPhone usage data?  —  It looks like Apple is tracking iPhone users data i ncluding IMEI number, IP address and stock quote preferences (amongst other things) through a hidden string in the Weather.app and Stocks.app iPhone applications.
Discussion: Gizmodo, UNEASYsilence and Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Mobile VoIP Forecast & What's Up With Jajah, Raketu & mig33  —  Mobile VoIP is going to become a major force over the next five years, rapidly outpacing voice over Wi-Fi, according to a recently released report by research firm Disruptive Analysis.  The report predicts that the number …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Silicon Valley Skills Crisis: Poland Emerging As A Top Source of Engineers  —  Silicon Valley's booming business cycle has driven up competition for engineers.  Last week, Ann Winblad, of the Hummer Winblad venture capital firm complained about VMware trying to hire all the engineers in the valley.
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Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
17 More Newspapers Join Yahoo Group  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo Inc. has added 17 more newspapers to its group of online publishing partners, giving the group added heft as it approaches its one-year anniversary.  —  Yahoo executives told The Associated Press that The Columbus Dispatch …
Discussion: WebProNews and Lost Remote
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Adds 17 New Members To Newspaper Consortium
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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