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12:40 AM ET, November 29, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Google's My Location, Who Needs a GPS?  —  Updated: 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 …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New Google Maps feature could simulate GPS on iPhones  —  A new version of Google Maps introduced this week includes a beta feature dubbed My Location that was designed to simulate the GPS experience on mobile phones and handheld devices that do not include GPS hardware, like Apple's iPhone.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Slashdot
Mike Chu / Official Google Mobile Blog:
New magical blue circle on your map  —  We've all been there: You're out and about, and you need to figure out where you are, what's around you, and how to get there.  Google Maps for mobile can help you do all that, but first you have to enter in a starting point using the keypad.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google rolls out mobile phone locator
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and mocoNews.net
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.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Office 2008 for Macs Adds iPhone, iPod Sync  —  Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will let users port PowerPoint presentations to iPhones and video-equipped iPods, Microsoft says.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will let users port PowerPoint presentations to iPhones …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook May Revamp Beacon  —  After pressure from MoveOn and members, the social network may change a policy on sharing info on users' Web buying and activities  —  In the wake of mounting criticism, Facebook executives are discussing changes to a controversial advertising tool …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Privacy Groups Ready FTC Complaint Against Facebook  —  ADDING TO THE BACKLASH AGAINST Facebook's new advertising programs, privacy groups are preparing to file complaints with the Federal Trade Commission against the social networking site.  —  The digital civil rights group Electronic …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo, Adobe team on PDF ads  —  Yahoo and Adobe are bringing pay-per-click ads to Adobe's Portable Document Format so that publishers can serve up ads inside PDFs distributed on Web sites and over e-mail that are contextually relevant to the content.  —  The text advertisements appear …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Verizon's "Open" Network Will Really Be Two-Tiered  —  Verizon's newfound openness when it comes to its wireless network is not all that open after all.  As I reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless announced that it would allow "any device" and "any app" to operate on its existing network.
Discussion: BoomTown
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Charl Norman / Bandwidth Blog:
Afrigator beta launched  —  I attended the 27 Geek Dinner last night at Melrose Arch and witnessed the unveiling of Afrigator beta by one of the founders, Justin Hartman.  Afrigator launched earlier this year in Alpha and has now emerged with the 'beta tag' and a host of new functionality.
Discussion: Blogcosm and Vincent Maher
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Afrigator: The Best of African Social Media, in Real Time
Discussion: White African
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
Discussion: paidContent.org
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! concocts a spicier new version of Widgets and Konfabulator  —  Yahoo! has launched an updated version of the Yahoo! Widget Engine and gallery.  Yahoo! Widget Engine 4.5 has the same look and feel on your desktop as version 4.0, but there are some changes in the way widgets are created and organized.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Computerworld and Mashable!
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 …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P Traffic Is Booming, BitTorrent The Dominant Protocol  —  Ipoque, a German based company that specializes in developing bandwidth managing solutions for Universities and ISPs concludes this from data they gathered between August and September 2007.  In total, over 3 Petabytes …
Discussion: The Register and WinBeta
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tim Berners-Lee dream for Facebook five years hence  —  Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee visited Silicon Valley to speak with scientists and tech executives at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif. this week.  In this video clip he offers his view, which he previously expressed in this blog post …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Disney To Make Up To 20 Startup Acquisitions In Next 24 Months  —  A new group has been created within the corporate strategy group at Disney, we've heard, and they are gearing up to make a number of consumer Internet acquisitions over the next 24 months.  They're already in early stage discussions …
 
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Truveo Brings Video To CBS Radio
InfoWorld:
Client-side vulnerabilities loom large
Discussion: Computerworld
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Internet Advertiser Settles With FTC
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Q&A: Amazon lawyer on feds' subpoena for 24,000 customer records
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Must Pay $140 Million For Using Multiple Passwords …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Mashable!
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Micron reveals RealSSD lineup of 32GB / 64GB SSDs
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gizmodo
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft Left Out Of Black Friday Console Wars?
T_Korea / Telecoms Korea News Service:
LG Phone Battery Explosion Kills Korean
CNN:
LinkedIn CEO: We'd only sell for "a helluva lot"
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Laptops for kids group sued over keyboard design
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Gadgets go cross-platform
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Is CondéNet's Web Approach Paying Off?