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12:50 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."
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: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Verizon Wireless Opens Up It Network. Who's Next?
Discussion: Microsoft
Grant Gross / PC World:
Verizon Wireless Plans to Open Its Network
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?
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 …
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Matt Cutts Videos on Search Snippets  —  Matt Cutts did a video about search snippets during his recent visit to the Google Kirkland office.  In it Matt takes a detailed look at how Google constructs a search snippet.  Matt uses the example of a search on "Starbucks", which results in the following search result:
Discussion: WebProNews
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Video: anatomy of a search snippet
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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Structure Search Coming To Yahoo
Discussion: Macworld and Traffick
TiVo:
TIVO NOW AVAILABLE IN CANADA
Discussion: Neowin.net and TiVo Lovers
Suzanne Tindal / CNET News.com:
Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test
Discussion: CrunchGear
en-us.www.mozilla.com:
Firefox Release Notes
Electronista:
Some developers getting early iPhone SDK?
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Are Hackers Exploiting WordPress Themes?
Discussion: Derek Punsalan and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screenshots And Details On Upcoming MySpace "News Feeds"
Nick / Rough Type:
Understanding Google  —  Any understanding of Google as a business …