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10:40 AM ET, November 22, 2007

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David Pogue / New York Times:
An E-Book Reader That Just May Catch On  —  You've got to have a lot of nerve to introduce an electronic book reader in 2007.  —  Sure, the idea has appeal: an e-reader lets you carry hundreds of books, search or jump to any spot in the text and bump up the type size when your eyes get tired.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle sells out in 5.5 hours  —  Amazon isn't disclosing how many Kindles it actually had ready to go, but apparently the idea of a tiny e-book reader with free EV-DO and the visual flair of an Apple IIc hit home for quite a few people, because they sold out in just five and a half hours.
Danny Bradbury / Guardian:   Can Amazon's Kindle e-book wean us off paper?
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Rumour: News Corp to buy LinkedIn  —  [Get the RSS feed or see right for the newsletter.  Digg this story.  Got a story?  Get in touch]  —  An unconfirmed rumour has reached me via a reliable source that LinkedIn is in talks with media giant News Corporation over a possible buyout in January 2008.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Is Facebook Really Ruining Christmas?  —  Political action and consumer advocacy organization MoveOn this week launched a public campaign against Facebook's new Project Beacon advertising system (our coverage).  MoveOn characterizes the ad system as "a huge invasion of privacy" …
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Mario Sundar / Marketing Nirvana:
Facebook Beacon lights a firestorm in a teacup?  —  Summary: Beacon lights a fire storm of privacy issues — Word-of-mouth marketing or misplaced advertising?  — Why Matthew Ingram and Justin Smith are wrong on the Beacon issue  —  Moveon.org is targeting Facebook Beacon as an invasion of privacy …
civ.moveon.org:
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP:  —  When you buy a book or movie online—or make a political contribution—do you want that information automatically shared with the world on Facebook?  —  Most people would call that a huge invasion of privacy.  But this week, Facebook began doing just that.
Discussion: BetaNews and Digital Daily
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Stealing Googlers At An Alarming Rate  —  Facebook and Google have been competing with each over more than just social networking.  Facebook is growing from 300ish employees today to 700 next year.  And the best place to get good engineers and others is Google …
Timbl / Decentralized Information Group …:
Giant Global Graph  —  Well, it has been a long time since the last blog.  So many topics, so little time.  Some talks, a couple of Design Issues articles, but no blog.  To dissipate the worry of expectation of quality, I resolve to lower the bar.  More about what I had for breakfast.
Discussion: Rough Type
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Replaces Video Link with Products Link  —  Google on their global homepage replaced the top-left link to Google Video with a link to Google Product Search, the former Froogle.  These navigational links are not consistent throughout Google's services, so the change isn't visible everywhere.
Discussion: Mashable!
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's social network clocking the most downtime  —  Social networks are more popular than ever, and are flourishing in the Web 2.0 era.  With their huge user numbers, it is very important for these websites to have a high availability.  For the largest social networks …
Discussion: The Register and CenterNetworks
Times of India:
Sony to introduce Playstation phone  —  20 Nov, 2007, 1645 hrs IST,Ritwik Donde, TNN  —  MUMBAI: Watch out Apple and Google, Sony may just surprise the world with a 'Playstation Phone'.  The Japanese company is toying with the idea of developing a 'Playstation phone' that will combine …
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Lloyd Shepherd / Telegraph Blogs:
A post from 2020 (4)  —  Lloyd Shepherd is guest blogging for Shane Richmond.  —  I intend this to be the last unlinked piece of text in the world.  —  Amazonian tribesmen in the days before TreeLeafSoil protocol  —  Last week, the fifth use of the word "the" on a blog post about amateur ballet …
Discussion: Virtual Economics
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
YouTube, MySpace and California's D.M.V.  —  As YouTube videos go, Kyle's driving test has nothing on Gizmo, the toilet-flushing cat.  —  But the California Department of Motor Vehicles remains convinced that its 55 videos running on the Web site will make roads a better place to travel …
Discussion: Mashable!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple on track to sell 25 million iPods this quarter  —  After analyzing October sales data from market research firm NPD, investment bank Piper Jaffray said Wednesday it expects Apple will sell a record 25 million iPods during the three-month period ending December.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted and Macsimum News
 
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Computerworld:
Microsoft confirms that XP contains random number generator bug
Discussion: Neowin.net and WinBeta
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Stanford Class Facebook Apps Blowing Up All Over: KissMe …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Bizarre politics of the Google-DoubleClick deal
Discussion: The 463 and Search Engine Land
Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Canon updates EOS 40D firmware
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
PickyPirate: Metacritic Meets BitTorrent
Reuters:
Google U.S. Web search share jumps to 58.5 percent
Discussion: WebProNews
Computerworld:
One year later: Did Vista's focus on security pay off?
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Guitar Hero is playing our song
Discussion: Kotaku and Billboard.Biz
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
T-Mobile to open up iPhone sales
Discussion: textually.org and PalmAddicts
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Where in the world is Ray Ozzie?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Visualizing Social Software Best Practices: Three Approaches
Discussion: roots.lab
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Optimus Maximus (at last!)
Discussion: Channel 9, Tech Blog and Digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Feedster Quietly Dies... So Which Blog Search Engine Do You Use?
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Why the Sidekick Slide is dying
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook, MacBook Pro owners suffer keyboard freezing with Leopard