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12:50 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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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 …
Official Google Blog:
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
WSJ: Google Will Bid For 700MHZ Wireless Spectrum  —  Google has said in the past that it would "probably" bid on the 700 megahertz wireless spectrum but has also adamantly declined to confirm that it would.  During the last Google earnings call there was an explicit statement bay CEO Eric Schmidt …
Steve Goldberg / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the interns: recommendations and drag-and-drop  —  One of the great things about Reader, and feed readers in general, is that they let you follow sites much more efficiently than you could just by visiting them directly.  This means that once you get into the flow of it …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Reader Adds Recommendations And Drag & Drop
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Updates Beacon  —  Facebook has just announced that they will be updating their Beacon system.  Stories will no longer be published "without a user proactively consenting."  According to Facebook here is how the Beacon changes work:
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Fred / A VC:
Facebook and The Privacy Backlash
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Nabs $60 Million Investment from Li Ka-shing  —  While a lot of people were beginning to doubt Facebook's ability to raise more money after getting a lofty $15 billion valuation following a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month, it seems the stakes are not too high …
Motorola:
Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008.
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InfoWorld:
Ed Zander replaced at struggling Motorola
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Eric / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: OpenID commenting  —  Blogger in Draft now lets you enable OpenID-based commenting, in your blogs' Settings |  Comments tab:  —  (OpenID comments work in both the Anyone and Registered Users modes)  —  This means that users of OpenID-enabled services — such as LiveJournal and WordPress …
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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Oliver Rist / PC Magazine:
Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off  —  Before Apple makes any more smug OS-related attacks on Microsoft, it ought to take a good look in the mirror.  —  I'm not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can't take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it) …
Digital Chosunilbo:
'Exploding Cell Phone' Was a Lie  —  The death of a quarry worker in his 30s in Cheongwon County, North Chungcheong Province on Wednesday was not caused by an exploding mobile phone but by a heavy vehicle accident, police said Thursday.  Police said a colleague of the victim's lied about the cause of death to conceal his fault.
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Korea Times
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Associated Press:
Co-worker, not cell phone, was killer
Discussion: Gizmodo
James Allan Brady / SlashGear:
DS gets another pimped upgrade, DSVision gets you video, books, and manga on your DS  —  The Nintendo DS is becoming the device everyone secretly wishes the PSP could be.  The latest addition to the DS is no different, it uses a microSD card in conjunction with a DS cartridge to deliver video, comics, and books to your DS.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Newlaunches.com
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
DSvision bringing downloadable content to Nintendo's DS
Discussion: Gearlog and SlashGear
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Declines Two-Part Offer: Investment, Return of Donahue  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Sprint Nextel, Embarq, Procter & Gamble, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. recently rejected an offer by South Korea's SK Telecom …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ironic, Yes, But Zuckerberg's Privacy Violated  —  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 to Harvard University-contained …
 
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Stock-Index Futures Rise; Citigroup, General Motors Gain
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and mocoNews.net
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Bullish Terra Firma close to deal on £250m EMI equity fundraising
Discussion: paidContent.org
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail
Discussion: TechCrunch and SmoothSpan Blog
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Tag Heuer plans watch phone for 2008
BBC:
PlayStation speeds password probe
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Ubergizmo
Chris Williams / The Register:
Net to be whupped by TV in attention battle
Discussion: WebProNews
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers re-poison Google search results
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The curse of WiMax  —  Bad news keeps dogging the much-hyped standard …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Comcast to Charge $2.95 Extra for TiVo DVR Service
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Agence France Presse:
NEC develops first translation software on cellphone
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Oregon Attorney General Fighting Back Against RIAA Lawsuits
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
comScore:
Online Consumer-Generated Reviews Have Significant Impact …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?