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9:30 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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Steven / StevenLevy.com:
Is the Kindle Ugly?  —  I did this week's Newsweek's 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?
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, Gizmodo, UNEASYsilence and Digg
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, All Facebook, HipMojo.com and Mashable!
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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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL Rolls Out Video Ticker Ads  —  AOL's advertising division, Platform-A, developed the video ticker ads as an alternative to conventional pre-roll spots for online video.  —  Advertisers and networks want to balance the placement of their video marketing with the likelihood such placement …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: InfoWorld
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.
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Search Engine Retrevo's Relaunch Blasts Off!  —  Today, Retrevo launches a new matchmaking service between consumers and electronics.  It uses artificial intelligence to enhance the search for the perfect product match.  —  The Retrevo homepage has an entirely new, beautiful new look.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Webware.com and Mashable!
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
Discussion: A VC
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 …
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
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
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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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
OODLE 2.0: MORE INTELLIGENT CLASSIFIEDS SHOPPING
Discussion: TechCrunch, cheezhead and Mashable!
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Chinese conduct "aggressive and large-scale" espionage against US
Discussion: TechCrunch and ParisLemon
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Silicon Valley Skills Crisis: Poland Emerging As A Top Source of Engineers
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Associated Press:
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