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4:20 PM ET, November 7, 2007

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Leah Pearlman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Ads  —  Today we announced an entirely new advertising solution for Facebook.  Right now, we want to make clear what's changing—and what's not—for you.  —  First of all, what's not changing:  — Facebook will always stay clutter-free and clean.  — Facebook will never sell any of your information.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
Facebook Is Marketing Your Brand Preferences (With Your Permission)  —  FACEBOOK wants to put your face on advertisements for products that you like.  —  Facebook .com is a social networking site that lets people accumulate "friends" and share preferences and play games with them.
Nick / Rough Type:
The social graft  —  "Once every hundred years media changes," boy-coder turned big-thinker Mark Zuckerberg declared today at the Facebook Social Advertising Event in New York City.  And it's true.  Look back over the last millennium or two, and you'll see that every century, like clockwork, there's been a big change in media.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios  —  NEW YORK—In his keynote speech on Wednesday morning at the Media and Money conference hosted by Dow Jones and Nielsen, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner talked about writers as though they were a minority group that he didn't particularly understand well.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
@ Media & Money: Keynote: Michael Eisner: Strike is 'Insanity …
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Time Warner to buy Quigo  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's AOL (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will buy Internet advertising technology company Quigo to bolster its ad force and make it more competitive with Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research).
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL: Let's become an ad network before this really unravels  —  AOL acquired Internet advertising firm Quigo Tuesday in its latest move to transform itself into an ad network.  And given AOL's financial state the rejiggering is a good idea.  —  In a statement AOL said it acquired Quigo …
Saul Hansell / Bits:   AOL's New Plan: It's Not Working
Associated Press:
Google maps find their way to gas pumps  —  The Internet giant will join with another firm to give directions at service stations.  —  Lost drivers soon will be able to Google for help at the pump.  —  As part of a partnership to be announced today, the online search leader …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Log Off and Get to Work  —  Turns out your bosses don't want you updating your social networking page at the office.  —  Web security firm Barracuda Networks polled 2,400 of its own customers and found that 50.2 percent block access to social networks MySpace and Facebook.
Discussion: WebProNews, Valleywag and WinBeta
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:   MySpace Voted Most Likely to Be Blocked at Work
Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the 20%'ers  —  At Google, 20% time is core to our culture and today's Reader release incorporates features developed by two engineers in their 20% time.  Those two engineers would be us!  —  Steve Lacey: As a blogger I like to include a blogroll on my site so that friends …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
MLB rips off fans who bought DRM videos  —  Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos.
Discussion: Geek News Central and Gadget Lab
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Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Fans shafted as Major League Baseball revokes DRM licenses
Discussion: Ars Technica
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Prince, Has Lost The Plot Prince, To Sue A Lot  —  To all those TechCrunch commenters who took offense at our previous coverage of the singer Prince's intentions to sue YouTube, The Pirate Bay and eBay for copyright infringement in September, read this carefully.
Discussion: Ars Technica, The Register and Digg
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BBC:
Prince sites face legal threats
Discussion: Techdirt and Switched
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Online Fossett Searchers Ask, Was It Worth It?  —  Amazon's Mechanical Turk presented 50,000 volunteers with aerial photos and satellite images like these, asking them to flag anything that looked like a plane-crash site.  (Click image to enlarge.)  —  Screenshot: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Buys Clipmarks, RealClearPolitics Stake  —  Forbes Media, as long rumored, has acquired Clipmarks, a tool that lets people share Web content like text and images.  Forbes has also acquired a 51% stake in RealClearPolitics.  More info after the jump.  Release Disclosure: Forbes Media is my former employer.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
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Business Wire:
Forbes Media Acquires Fifty-One Percent Stake in RealClearPolitics.com
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
AMAZON TO HOST RED HAT LINUX ONLINE  —  Update: I added a lot more detail about Red Hat's ambitions and other moves.  —  Red Hat on Wednesday announced a significant departure from its current business plan, saying its flagship Linux product will be available on Amazon.com's Elastic Computing Cloud online service.
Susanne Ault / Video Business Online:
HD DVD set-top player $99 sales moves units  —  Toshiba HD-A2 model sells 90,000 over weekend  —  The HD DVD format significantly pumped its installed base over the weekend, as dueling store clearances sold an estimated 90,000 Toshiba players, according to sources close to retailers.
Johansch / my.opera.com:
The power of the Web with Opera Mini 4  —  After three betas we're proud to release the shiny new Opera Mini 4 to the world.  —  We've done a lot with this new Opera Mini.  For example, we rewrote the entire code for Opera Mini 4 and added lots of improvements and new features to make the browser even better.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google's Game-Focused Advertising Initiative To Launch This Month  —  Google's (GOOG) long-rumored, game-focused advertising initiative is going to come to life later this month, according to sources familiar with the Mountain View, Calif-based company's plans.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com Introduces Bloglines Top 1000 List  —  Bloglines Beta has launched the Bloglines Top 1000 list.  Didn't Bloglines have a top blog list already?  Yes, they had a top 200 list, but users wanted to see a larger picture of what feeds people subscribe to, so Bloglines has released an expanded top 1000 list.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Windows Live Drops Out of Beta, @live.com Email Addresses Available [Windows Live]  —  Microsoft's Windows Live package has just dropped out of beta development.  The released package contains various desktop programs for email, IM, blogging and photo sharing.
 
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Instant iPhone jailbreak site offers many new features
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Computerworld:
Q&A: Revolution Money CEO aims to shake up payment card industry
InfoWorld:
Microsoft kills Mac IM, updates Office for Mac
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Russian Business Network: Down, But Not Out
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner: With Soft Ad Trends At AOL, And No Signs Of Asset Sales …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail strike out Iran
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Three Speech:
FIRMWARE VERSION 2.00 - OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Gregor / LiveSide:
Windows Live Messenger IM Control launched
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Martin Veitch / Inquirer:
Intel mulled buying Nvidia, ATI
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta is (almost) out
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Mashable! and Digg
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Whole Foods Board Decides Common Sense Ain't Common Enough …
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A spider's view of Web 2.0
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
How to coast to a writing career [Silicon Valley Users Guide]
Darren Waters / BBC:
Symbian dismisses Google Android
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The head of Times Online on tech women, and Google
 

 
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