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10:55 AM ET, November 19, 2007

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Dan / UNEASYsilence:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Secretly Tracking iPhone IMEI and Usage (with proof)  —  As I sit here applying a new layer of Reynolds tin foil to my international hat of conspiracy, its been proven that Apple tracks iPhone usage and tracks IEMI numbers of all their iPhones worldwide.
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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: TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Will e-books ever be a best-seller?  —  news analysis The average commuter seems to be doing OK reading an old-fashioned newspaper on the way to work.  —  Why, then, do Amazon.com and Sony think they need to replace traditional books with electronic readers?
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Steven / StevenLevy.com:
Is the Kindle Ugly?  —  I did this week's Newsweek's cover story …
Seth LaForge / Google LatLong:
Think globally, mark locally  —  The last time I threw a party, I used the My Maps feature of Google Maps to tell my friends exactly how to find my house.  But if they'd just searched Maps on their own for my address and had gone to the marker location, they would have been partying in the middle of the street!
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Mashable!
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Goes Wikimapia, Lets The People Move The Map Points  —  Registered Google users are now permitted to adjust address and location information for businesses on Google Maps (move the place marker) and soon will have the ability to more broadly edit local business information.
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's QX9770 quad-core to blow away competition in Q1  —  Want to see what AMD is up against come Q1?  You're looking at it, the 3.2GHz, quad-core, QX9770 Core 2 Extreme processor from Intel.  Like Intel's current headliner — the QX9650 — we're talking 45-nm Yorkfield class silicon …
Discussion: Computerworld
Max Zuckerman / Channel 10:   Like having 2 graphics cards?  How about 4?  And why not add 4 CPU cores too...
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Rumoursville: Google sniffing round Skype  —  It's been a while since the last juicy web business rumour, so this will do nicely.  —  Currently in favour around London's webbist community is the rumour that Google has been in negotiations to buy Skype, the web telephony firm, from eBay.
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.
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 …
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Retailers Explore New Ways of Being Paid  —  A DECADE ago, PayPal was best known as the payment method of choice for Beanie Babies purchases on eBay.  This holiday season, it could pay for a diamond ring on the online jeweler Blue Nile.  —  Blue Nile and several other high-end Web retailers …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
PayPal offers secure way to shop non-PayPal sites
Discussion: Things That, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Four controllers, $170, and a dream: a review of Rock Band  —  I don't want to be a guitar hero, I want to be in a band  —  Rock Band  —  Publisher: MTV Games  —  Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2  —  There is something almost brave about the decision to make a game like Rock Band.
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
Andy McCue / CNET News.com:
Software-licensing costs predicted to fall  —  Software-licensing costs are set to fall over the next decade, as IT industry trends converge to give buyers more bargaining power.  —  Research firm Gartner predicts that vendors will find themselves increasingly challenged as IT departments look …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and InfoWorld
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Under Investigation For Tax Evasion In China  —  Google is being investigated for tax evasion by the Chinese Inland Revenue Department following a tip off from an "informant" alleging wrong doing.  —  According to local reports, the investigation into Google includes evasion of business …
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.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Xbox Live hopes to press more players into service  —  Microsoft Corp. took the wraps off Xbox Live, its online game service, in 2002 with ambitions of one day seeing millions of players compete online.  —  Today, more than 8 million people — about 1 in 5 Xbox and Xbox 360 console owners — subscribe.
Discussion: Next Generation
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
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The Omni Group:
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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John Oates / The Register:
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Chinese conduct "aggressive and large-scale" espionage against US
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
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