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1:45 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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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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Verizon Wireless opens network to "Any Apps, Any Device" in 2008  —  By the end of 2008, Verizon Wireless will open their network to any device which meets a "minimum technical standard."  What that standard is, exactly, VZW isn't saying yet — that will come in "early 2008."
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Wireless Says 'Bring Your Own' Device
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Verizon Wireless Opens Up It Network. Who's Next?
Discussion: Microsoft
Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon Wireless Opens Their Network - Is this a paradigm shift …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Verizon Wireless to open up its network next year
Discussion: atmaspheric and MobileCrunch
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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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
As Google readies "GDrive", will Microsoft lead, or follow?
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Google reportedly offering online storage
Discussion: Computerworld
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Google Says Goodbye To Coal, Creates R&D Group
Discussion: NYT
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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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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Structure Search Coming To Yahoo  —  Yahoo to offer structured Web search from Macworld reports Yahoo is going to launch a new structured search component to their web search engine.  —  Web search is typically considered "unstructured," where there isn't a real method of comparing sets …
Discussion: Traffick
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John Ribeiro / Macworld:
Yahoo to offer structured Web search
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Brightcove: We Change Our Business Model So You Don't Have To...
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Video: anatomy of a search snippet  —  Several weeks ago I flew up to Google's Kirkland office to visit with the wonderful webmaster tools team.  While I was visiting, someone said "Hey, why don't you grab a video camera, find an empty office, and record as many videos as you can in an hour?"
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Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Matt Cutts Videos on Search Snippets
Discussion: WebProNews
Cory Doctorow / InformationWeek:
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook  —  Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid.  —  Facebook's "platform" strategy has sparked much online debate and controversy.
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Do Facebook users care about "privacy issues?"  What about Doubleclick?  —  Political groups are successful through mastering a public debate no matter what ideology they espouse, and regardless of what the issues actually are.  —  MoveOn.org is a good example.
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
IAC/InterActive Plans China Push  —  BEIJING — IAC/InterActiveCorp plans to spend $100 million on a new Internet business in China and will bring its search engine, Ask.com, to the fast-moving market as well.  —  The new company, which could be launched as soon as within a year …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Another Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore's Web Site Hacked  —  A blog set up to promote former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth," has been hacked.  —  Recommend this story?  —  A blog set up to promote former U.S. Vice President Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth …
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
NBC to Use TiVo's TV Viewership Data  —  General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal has become the first major TV broadcaster to strike a deal with TiVo Inc. for the right to use TiVo's TV viewership research and interactive advertising products.  —  The agreement, announced today …
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
If They Can Hulu, We Can Kangaroo: UK Broadcasters Join For Commercial VOD Platform
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Breaking the Netflix Prize dataset
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In-Store Wi-Fi Is Free, but Not Commercial-Free
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Greenpeace Slams MS, Nintendo for Console Chemicals
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All Eyes On Apple  —  This promises to be a joyous holiday season …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Reuters:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Study: Retail sites hit with sluggish performance
Discussion: TechWeb
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Seagate's MacBook Hard Drive Destroying Data
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Goldman Turns Cautious On Software, Citing Macro Factors …
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test
Discussion: CrunchGear