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5:40 PM ET, November 28, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Google's My Location, Who Needs a GPS?  —  Despite all the hoopla around location-based services, the fact of the matter is that a mere 15 percent of handsets have a built-in Global Positioning System.  Given Google's recent wireless push, one shouldn't be surprised that Google is releasing …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps for Mobile Shows Your Location  —  The latest version of Google Maps for mobile phones has a new feature called "my location".  Instead of having to enter your location, Google Maps is able to find it.  If your phone has GPS support the location detection should be very good …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Laptops for kids group sued over keyboard design  —  A Nigerian entrepreneur based in Natick says the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge stole his company's design for a multilingual keyboard.  —  Ade Oyegbola, founder and chief executive of Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor …
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Ashley / CyberNet:
Download Windows Live Messenger 9 (WLM 9)  —  Yesterday Microsoft invited only 5,000 testers to try out Windows Live Messenger version 9 in beta which will eventually replace Windows Live Messenger 8.5.  We were actually invited to be one of those testers and as luck would have it, you'll be able to try it too.
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Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
MICROSOFT FLEXES WEB WITH NEW AD CAMPAIGN  —  Microsoft wants to show consumers where Windows meets the Web.  —  The software giant is gearing up for a major ad push to highlight how its suite of free online software connects to its Windows operating system over the Internet.
PR Newswire:
TiVo Announces Results for Third Quarter Ended October 31, 2007  — Announced relationship with NCTA and cable industry to enable cable operator installation and other support for TiVo standalone boxes  — Entered into strategic partnership with NBC to provide their advertisers …
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
TiVo Q3: Beats EPS, But Business Still Screwed
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)  —  Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks).  This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007.
Google Blogoscoped:
What the Google Intranet Looks Like  —  What do around 16,000 Google employees stare at in the morning when they've arrived at the office?  They might be looking at Moma, the name for the Google intranet.  The meaning of the name of "Moma" is a mystery even to some of the employees working on it …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
CNN:
LinkedIn CEO: We'd only sell for "a helluva lot"  —  I sat down Tuesday afternoon in Mountain View, Calif., with Dan Nye, the newish CEO (he joined earlier this year) of LinkedIn.  That's the company that is like Facebook for grownups, a businessperson's social networking site.
Blairn / Mac Mojo:
PowerPoint to Go  —  PowerPoint is a communications platform at its core.  We communicate ideas powerfully using PowerPoint in the board room, on the desktop, in the classroom, in the elevator, and on the go.  —  Wait.  Did he say "In the elevator?"  Sure, let me just pull …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Office 2008 for Mac to feature iPhone sync capability
Discussion: Computerworld
T_Korea / Telecoms Korea News Service:
LG Phone Battery Explosion Kills Korean  —  In the first such case in Korea, a 33-year-old man was found dead on Wednesday, presumably killed by a cell phone battery explosion, police said.  The cell phone was the product of a LG Electronics.  —  The man, identified only by his family name …
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Dateline, Korea: Your mobile phone might explode and kill you dead
Discussion: Gearlog
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Gadgets go cross-platform  —  Google is adding support for Google Gadgets in its Google Desktop for the Mac software.  Google Gadgets, as you probably know, are mini applications with dynamic content that offer quick access for things like newsfeeds and to-do lists.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Is CondéNet's Web Approach Paying Off?  —  CondéNet today plans to announce it has struck a deal to distribute videos from its various Web sites, which cover topics such as food and travel, via YouTube.  It is the latest in a string of partnerships for the digital division …
BBC:
Carphone misleading over iPhone  —  Staff at the UK's biggest mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, have been caught misleading customers about Apple's popular iPhone handset.  —  Undercover researchers from BBC One's Watchdog found staff made false claims about what would happen if a phone was stolen and hadn't been insured.
Associated Press:
Google chief says China's huge pool of young talent will spur Internet innovation  —  BEIJING: China's Internet start-ups are primed to keep growing, nourished by plentiful capital and a huge pool of engineering talent, leaders of top U.S. Web companies said Tuesday.
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Disney To Make Up To 20 Startup Acquisitions In Next 24 Months
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Asus resolves Eee GPL violation, releases asus_acpi code changes
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PC World:
'Crackstation' Uses Game Console for Hacking
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Corbis Offers Free Photos to Bloggers - With a Catch
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Cable Industry Wins Compromise on F.C.C. Plans
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