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11:55 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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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New York Times:
Facebook Retreats on Online Tracking  —  Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program.  —  Within the last 10 days …
Fred / A VC:
Facebook and The Privacy Backlash  —  For those of who don't know (ie you don't read techmeme, techcrunch, and their ilk), Facebook has been the subject of a mini privacy backlash over its 'beacon'.  Just yesterday Facebook made a move to attempt to alleviate some of the privacy concerns
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rough seas nearly sink Facebook's Beacon
Discussion: Mercury News and Reuters
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon
Discussion: The Idea Shower
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
PR Newswire:
Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008.
John Leyden / The Register:
Hackers re-poison Google search results  —  Watch online now - The findings of The Register's Virtualization Study  —  Hackers have responded to a purge of malicious links within search results by Google with a fresh effort to subvert the search giant's page rank system.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Run Internet Explorer on Your Mac with ies4osx [Featured Mac Download]  —  Run Internet Explorer on Your Mac with ies4osx  —  Mac OS X only: Install and run Internet Explorer for Windows 5, 6, or 7 on your Mac with free, open source application ies4osx.  Getting ies4osx up and running takes …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Internet Explorer 7's $250,000 sweepstake
Discussion: Mobility Site and Channel 9
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Tag Heuer plans watch phone for 2008
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
DOCSIS 3.0, possible 100Mbps speeds coming to some Comcast users in 2008
Discussion: Gizmodo and Light Reading
BBC:
PlayStation speeds password probe
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Chris Williams / The Register:
Net to be whupped by TV in attention battle
Discussion: WebProNews
BrianB / PMP Today:
12 MP Camera on a Newman Media Player
Anne Broache / ZDNet:
Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
Discussion: WinBeta
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
The curse of WiMax  —  Bad news keeps dogging the much-hyped standard …
Discussion: DSLreports
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
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
CNN:
Teen questioned in computer hacking probe
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
comScore:
Online Consumer-Generated Reviews Have Significant Impact …
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Total Time Spent Online is Up 24.3%
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?