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12:40 PM ET, November 19, 2007

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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: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Kindle Versus The iPhone  —  Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has created a reason to switch from bound paper books to bits — a device with a wireless connection able to download digital books on the go.  The problem: Low-cost laptops and smart phones, such as Apple's iPhone …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Mickeleh's Take
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Amazon debuts Kindle e-book reader  —  NEW YORK—"Why are books the last bastion of analog?"  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asked an audience at New York's W Hotel in Union Square as he unveiled Amazon Kindle, the online-retail giant's new electronic book reader.  —  "Books have stubbornly resisted digitization," he elaborated.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Liveblogging the Amazon Kindle E-Reader Show with Jeff Bezos
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Kindle To Debut On Monday - Ugly But Impressive
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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: Mashable!
Fred / A VC:
Techmeme: A Cautionary Tale  —  I've been thinking about writing this post for the past several weeks as I watched this blog drop from high 40s on the techmeme leaderboard to the 50s, to the 60s, to the 70s, and now as of this weekend, off of it completely.  Yes, my ego hurts when this blog …
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, Feld Thoughts and Digg
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 …
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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Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
SyncTV to offer channel service
Louise Story / New York Times:
A Web Site for Pet Lovers, and Marketers Who Love Them  —  KNOWING that you can never underestimate people's love for their cats and dogs, NBC Universal and Procter & Gamble have set up a Web portal that looks something like a Yahoo or AOL for pet owners, with a bit of Facebook and MySpace thrown in.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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 …
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Faces U.K. Probe  —  Thanks by a Channel 4 viewer, Facebook is now facing an investigation by a U.K. privacy watchdog.  The story of the viewer resembles many others.  After using Facebook, the user decided that they wanted to disable their account and no longer use the site.
Discussion: WebProNews and broadstuff
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Ben King / channel4.com:
Facebook to face data protection probe
Discussion: Epicenter and Deep Jive Interests
 
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Financial Times:
Mobile internet is the next battleground
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA told to show cause why .edu subpoenas shouldn't be quashed
Discussion: TechSpot News
exo.blog:
Vista SP1 a Performance Dud
Discussion: All about Microsoft and open
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
TinyURL Outage Illustrates the Service's Risks
USA Today:
Video, interactivity could nab Web users by '10
Discussion: DSLreports
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel's QX9770 quad-core to blow away competition in Q1
Discussion: Computerworld
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Mainsoft links SharePoint, WebSphere portals
Discussion: Computerworld
John Oates / The Register:
123-Reg takes weekend off
Discussion: The Open Road
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Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Search Engine Retrevo's Relaunch Blasts Off!
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL Rolls Out Video Ticker Ads
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Xbox Live hopes to press more players into service
Discussion: Next Generation
BBC:
Privacy, please  —  Some campaigners worry about using social sites such as Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Mobile VoIP Forecast & What's Up With Jajah, Raketu & mig33
Max Zuckerman / Channel 10:
Like having 2 graphics cards?  How about 4?  And why not add 4 CPU cores too...
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Report: Chinese conduct "aggressive and large-scale" espionage against US
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers $85 Million To Acquire Chinese Social Networking Site Zhanzuo.com