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7:05 AM ET, November 15, 2010

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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Path: The Social App That's Not Viral (By Design)  —  Silicon Valley is in the midst of a mini photo-sharing app boomlet.  We have Instagram (which started adding 100,000 users per week as soon as it launched last month), Picplz (which beat out Instagram to get a Series A round with their shared investors …
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Dave Morin / Path:
Introducing The Personal Network  —  Today we are proud to launch The Personal Network.  Practically all of us carry a camera phone, and our photos tell the stories of our lives.  Starting today, we hope that Path is the place you will always feel comfortable being yourself and sharing …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Path: the social system that will piss social mavens off  —  I didn't read any of Path's hype before trying it myself.  I wasn't part of the beta.  I don't owe Dave Morin lunch (he's the founder of this new thing called Path that's getting a deep amount of hype tonight.  The photo is of him at the TED conference).
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Passes EBay in Value, Becoming No. 3 U.S. Web Company  —  Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.'s estimated worth is now bigger than EBay Inc.'s valuation, making it the third- largest U.S. Internet business and underscoring the growing allure of social media for investors.
Discussion: Go Rumors
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Raid The MiniBar: Meebo Gets Into The Site Check-In Game.  But Don't Call It A Game.  —  With the rise of Foursquare, the “check-in” has become fairly commonplace.  With the launch of Places, Facebook will only make it more so.  It shouldn't be surprising that we're seeing dozens …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
More Kinect Craziness: Mind-Blowing 3D Video Effect  —  The Kinect may be divisive as a gaming peripheral, but I think we can all agree that a $150 off-the-shelf depth-aware camera system is a good thing.  And just in the week since the device launched, people have already come up with some crazy applications for it.
Discussion: Engadget and Beet.TV
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pulse, Popular App, Moves to Attract More Users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Publishers' offices at print newspapers and magazines are tension-filled places these days, as executives watch readers and advertisers flock to the Web and cellphone screens.  —  Contrast that to the atmosphere …
Discussion: Marco.org and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Tumblr Just Reverse Take Down 4Chan?  —  Today was supposed to be the day that 4Chan took down Tumblr.  Instead, it looks like 4Chan itself is down.  Could Tumblr be behind it?  —  As you can see, 4Chan is down for everyone, not just me.  And it has been that way for at least the past 15 minutes.
Discussion: Urlesque, Pulse2 and Techie Buzz
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan vs. Tumblr: Whoever Wins, We All Lose
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let's Stop Pretending This Is Fun  —  It's a bad month to be Foursquare or Gowalla.  Ten days ago, 900-pound gorilla Facebook announced Facebook Deals for Facebook Places (i,e., location-based coupons) and check-ins for third-party apps.
Voltier Creative:
A Look at the Kind Heart of One of the Most Influential Communities on the Internet  —  Reddit.com, the popular news aggregator and social media site owned by Condé Nast Digital, has become quite a powerhouse of social and cultural clout in recent years.
Financial Times:
Apple to bring iPhone ads to Europe  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London and Joseph Menn in San Francisco  —  Apple will announce the first brands to use iAds in Europe this week, after a mixed reception to its new mobile advertising service in the US.  —  Agencies gave Apple's entry …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Ebooks Winners & Losers  —  Let's come back to the ebook with more questions.  There is no doubt: the digital book will find its place under the sun; its prospects look much better than those of the online press.  In the first place, there isn't an ingrained, now decade-old, habit of reading news for free on the internet.
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
New panoramic photos in Google Earth  —  Viewing photos in Google Earth has long been a popular activity for avid virtual globe-trotters.  It's one of the best ways to “visit” places all over the world without paying for a plane ticket or getting jet lag.  Today, the Google Earth photo viewing experience …
Discussion: PC Magazine
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The technology inside the Google self-driving cars  —  You've probably heard that Google has these cool cars that can drive themselves.  Above is a video of one of them driving down Freeway 280 that I shot almost a year ago (I had no idea I was driving next to a car that was capable of driving itself.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Just Announced Updates To AOL Mail  —  AOL just put out a press release announcing updates to AOL Mail.  —  Weird timing, since it's 12 pm eastern on a Sunday, which is not exactly the prime time for news.  —  Maybe it is just trying to get the jump on Facebook which is expected to announce its email product on Monday.
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
‘Project Phoenix’: Aol tries to raise email from ashes
Discussion: The Social and Erictric
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Mark Papermaster should be happier at Cisco than he was at Apple
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 beats iPhone 4 and Android ... in a grilling contest (video)
Krishna Sankar / My missives:
Google - A Study In Scalability And A Little Systems Horse Sense
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
Zagat Survey Aims to Regain Its Online Balance
Discussion: Beet.TV
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The iPadification of OS X - Part II
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Tim Wu, Author of ‘The Master Switch’
Discussion: Slate
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Phone Call Is Dead
Information Arbitrage:
The challenge of being Google
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Thiel's pay pall — Silicon Valley high flier crashes on Wall St.
Discussion: The Social and Erictric
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Google engineer: Raise leaker exposed us to mugging
Discussion: TechEye and Examiner
Fred / A VC:
Self Expression Matters