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7:55 PM ET, November 27, 2007

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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless To Introduce 'Any Apps, Any Device' Option For Customers In 2008  —  New Open Development Initiative Will Accelerate Innovation and Growth  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today announced that it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Verizon Went Open & What It Means  —  The about-face taken by Verizon Wireless today when it said it will open up its network and platform is, at first blush, a good thing for consumers and developers.  But I just got off the company's conference call, and there are certain details that have left me with eyebrows raised.
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless to Offer Open Access to Network  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Google, Sprint Nextel, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group, Microsoft, Research in Motion  —  Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it would allow any device or software to run …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Wireless Says 'Bring Your Own' Device  —  Verizon Wireless has stunned the wireless world by announcing that by sometime next year it will open its network to "any apps, any device."  —  There is a lot of fine print, but the essence appears to be that Verizon will offer two flavors of service …
Discussion: broadstuff and Darla Mack
Cade Metz / The Register:
Verizon agrees to personality transplant  —  Just two months after it launched a legal attack against the Federal Communications Commission for embracing open access to the US wireless spectrum, Verizon has embraced open access to the US wireless spectrum.  —  Today, the mega telco announced …
Discussion: Epicenter, Computerworld and eWEEK.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Verizon Wireless To Open Its Network, Platform
Discussion: Mark Evans
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What 'Open' Verizon Means: Less Than You Think
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Lawmakers, Google, Skype applaud Verizon Wireless decision, others more cautious
Discussion: Bits
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Brightcove Gives Up on Consumer Video  —  Brightcove has never really been more than a half-hearted consumer video play, opting instead to function as a content distribution network for a large number of high profile media partners.  Today Brightcove informed members of its Brightcove.TV site …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Brightcove: We Change Our Business Model So You Don't Have To...  I won't make any friends in high places... but I probably won't lose many either... so here goes:  —  Brightcove made more and more promises to investors to raise more money (we're a CMS platform, a YouTube like destination and an ad network) …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Shuts Down Consumer Services
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Seth Mnookin / Wired News:
Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves.  Now He's Giving Songs Away.  —  It's Monday afternoon, and Doug Morris, chair and CEO of Universal Music Group, is eating lunch in his private dining room at the company's Manhattan headquarters.  Morris hasn't been here much in recent months …
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Universal chief rues Apple's 'golden handcuffs'
Discussion: Gizmodo Comments
Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Service to Store Users' Data  —  Google Inc. wants to offer consumers a new way to store their files on its hard drives, in a strategy that could accelerate a shift to Web-based computing and intensify the Internet company's competition with Microsoft Corp.
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
GDrive Pending Once Again?
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Valleywag and BloggingStocks
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's Cyber Morning After: A Case Of Merchant's Wrath  —  [YHOO Loading...  (%) ] ! better break out the hammers and nails.  There's a lot of fence-mending the company needs to do.  The day after the so-called Cyber Monday where online merchants usher in their own holiday shopping seasons …
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Rich Riley / Yodel Anecdotal:
Cyber Monday into Resolution Tuesday
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's Cyber Monday mess finally fixed
Discussion: Epicenter
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New Terrain Layer in Google Maps  —  There's a new tab in Google Maps: "terrain".  The view combines street maps with visual information about terrains.  Elevation data is not limited to geographic features like mountains, but it's also displayed for buildings.
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Google LatLong:
Explore new terrain  —  We've noticed that many people build customized maps using My Maps and KML to help others see the planet in a new light.  We've seen everything from maps of hiking trails with pictures taken along the way to a guide to the world's mountain peaks.
Discussion: Googlified and Google Earth Blog
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
My Our Maps  —  The My Maps feature of Google Maps lets people …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Google:
Google's Goal: Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal  —  Creates renewable energy R&D group and supports breakthrough technologies  —  Mountain View, Calif. (November 27, 2007) - Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced a new strategic initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
FCC Chairman Gets Pants Pulled Down  —  The famed FCC meeting slated for today hasn't started yet and is unlikely to start at all, not a surprise given the fiasco generated by Chairman Kevin Martin's highly controversial proposal to impose new regulations on the cable industry.
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
FCC chief's cable crackdown resisted
USA Today:
Widgets make a big splash on the Net  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For nearly a decade, GarageBand.com was the quintessential struggling Web company, barely hanging on as it burned through $17 million.  —  Until widgets.  —  Since it developed a widget, one of the mini-Web applications now flourishing …
 
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Feds cancel Amazon customer ID request
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Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
eToro Makes Forex Trade Child's Play
Craig Rubens / NewTeeVee:
Online Video: Is It Really Interactive?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How to Structure Microsoft - Yahoo Deal (MSFT/YHOO)
Discussion: Bits
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Dell Will Sell Google Search Appliance, Mini
Discussion: Reuters
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Data recovery firm: Some MacBook drives flawed
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New plastic optical fiber could solve the "last mile" conundrum
Discussion: DSLreports and The Korea Times
 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
Al Gore climate change site hacked
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Unlocked iFones from Orange cheaper than T-mo
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search 3.0: The Blended & Vertical Search Revolution
Michael Kanellos / Crave: The gadget blog:
Will the Wii be a set-top box?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge tells record labels to cough up download expenses
Adam L. Penenberg / biz.yahoo.com:
All Eyes On Apple  —  This promises to be a joyous holiday season …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and MacUser
BBC:
TV rivals form on-demand service
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget and Valleywag