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7:45 PM ET, November 30, 2007

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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Bid in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google Inc. announced Friday that it will apply to bid for wireless spectrum in a January Federal Communications Commission auction.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company had previously said it would probably bid for spectrum …
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Who's going to win the spectrum auction?  Consumers.  —  Posted by by Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives  —  Here at Google, we see the upcoming 700 megahertz spectrum auction at the Federal Communications Commission as one of the best opportunities consumers will have to enjoy more choices in the world of wireless devices.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
When Networks Collide  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson this week said what I have been saying since last July — that Apple and AT&T would soon introduce an iPhone that works with AT&T's faster 3G wireless data network.  I said it because I had heard last summer that AT&T was already testing 3G iPhones …
Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Google Will Apply to Participate in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.  —  As part of the nationally mandated transition …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ironic, Yes, But Zuckerberg's Privacy Violated  —  [UPDATED with more information.]  —  So exactly why did Facebook unleash such a massive legal fury on 02138 magazine yesterday over documents the publication posted online?  —  Because, said sources, those documents-including an application …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook: What Would Google Do?  —  From its spare white layout …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Seeking 'veritas' in Facebook's latest legal battle
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Billboard.Biz:
A Tipping Point For MP3s  —  The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universal Music Group's lead in distributing music in the MP3 format.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Amazon 1 Billion MP3 Giveaway Offer; Under Pressure, Labels Warm To DRM-free Format
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you  —  Let's start this off this by stating there's more to this device than what will be listed.  This is just what's known at this point, although these details have yet to be confirmed as final specifications.
DSLreports:
Is AT&T Angry With Apple?  - Or did AT&T CEO just screw up?  —  This week AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson let it slip that consumers could expect a new iPhone next year that offered HSDPA wireless broadband support.  That's not a particularly bright move for the CEO of a massive telecom empire …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?  [Rumor]  —  We've heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go.  That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were.
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameSpot editor fired, possibly for panning Kane & Lynch
Discussion: Valleywag, Joystiq and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Zonk / Slashdot:
Game Journalist May Have Been Fired Over Negative Review
Discussion: Joystiq and Valleywag
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Social Media Aggregator Flux Releases New Platform Aimed Expanding Services Beyond MTVN  —  Social media aggregator Flux.com is releasing two products today designed to let web publishers move their content seamlessly among community sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and more.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Uncovered: Evidence that Mac OS X could run Windows apps soon  —  Once Intel chips landed inside Macs and Boot Camp made its debut, it got a lot harder to blame rumor mongers for making a certain leap: Mac OS X could one day run Windows apps sans-Windows.  Indeed, projects like the open source Wine …
comScore:
YouTube Continues to Lead U.S. Online Video Market with 28 Percent Market Share, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  Nearly 2 in 5 U.S. Internet Users Watched a YouTube Video in September  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released …
InfoWorld:
Google working to make Street View anonymous  —  In the face of ethical concerns, Google is considering changes to its Street View Google Maps feature that would protect the privacy of those it photographs.  —  When Street View is rolled out in Europe, Google will alter Street View photos …
IEBlog:
The First Year of IE7  —  It's been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year.  —  According to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation …
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail  —  In my last post on failure rates in early stage venture capital, I made the point that every portfolio is going to have failures.  I've made 32 direct investments (the deals I've sourced, led, and managed myself) over the past 17 years.
 
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Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Make Some Software Better, Get Arrested For Copyright Infringement
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Studios' "Groundbreaking" Offer Rejected
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Rough seas nearly sink Facebook's Beacon
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