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10:35 PM ET, November 20, 2007


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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Status Update: Facebook Is Letting Users Drop the "Is"  —  Facebook has caved into popular demand and will make the "is" in status updates optional, effective tonight, according to  —  The much despised "is" has been a mandatory component of the status update …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Blogosphere Needs A Vacation  —  What's the top news story on TechMeme this fine Tuesday afternoon?  —  It's a story about the sudden disappearance of the word "is" from Facebook's status message yesterday.  Then, today, it reappeared.  For a brief period of time …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
What If Gmail Had Been Designed by Microsoft?  —  Today I want to ponder the question: what if Microsoft, not Google, had created Gmail?  What would be the differences in that web mail client for users today?  What if we apply some of the same design rules that brought us Hotmail, for instance?
Discussion: Valleywag, Zoli's Blog and ParisLemon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)  —  Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google's reach into your TV.  Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen).
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 1 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 1 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 1 is now available for download.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Firefox 3 Beta 1: The Memory Use Says It All
Inside CRM:
The 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments of All Time  —  Catastrophic collapses and classic crashes in the high-tech business world.  —  Some things were just never meant to be, but that doesn't mean that investors won't pile millions of dollars upon a bad idea — or even a good idea gone bad.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clickable Raises Another $3 Million, Officially Adds Jonathan Miller to Board  —  Advertising technology startup Clickable has raised another $3 million from its lead investors Union Square Ventures and Pequot Ventures, in a follow-on round to the $3 million it raised last July, confirms CEO David Kidder.
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Former AOL Chair Backs New Search Tech Startup 'Clickable'
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET takes on Facebook's 'Beacon' ads  —  Online activist group is poised to announce a campaign targeting Facebook's "Beacon" advertisements, which post information about users' activity on partner sites (movie rentals, purchases from online retailers) onto their friends' News Feeds.
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Facebook applications get email option  —  Facebook has added a new settings option for users to determine whether they want to receive emails from application creators.  By default, the checkbox is selected.  The change makes it easier for developers to reach their users and get them to return to use their applications on Facebook.
Discussion: Mashable!
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Some VoIP applications ARE failing on Facebook!
Discussion: GigaOM and Jon Arnold's Blog
heise Security:
Apple Mail in Leopard with the same old error  —  In March 2006 Apple defused a security problem in Apple Mail that made it possible to inject disguised malignant code.  In Leopard, the patch was apparently forgotten.  This means that you can inadvertently start an executable by double-clicking …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Leopard security bug puts Mail users at risk
Discussion: CrunchGear and heise Security
Jaron Lanier / New York Times:
Pay Me for My Content  —  INTERNET idealists like me have long had an easy answer for creative types — like the striking screenwriters in Hollywood — who feel threatened by the unremunerative nature of our new Eden: stop whining and figure out how to join the party!
P2P Blog:
Mediadefender hack costs company 825,000 USD  —  Those 6000 Mediadefender emails that leaked onto the web in September cost the anti-piracy outlet dearly: A recent SEC filing of Mediadefender parent ArtistDirect reveals that the company lost at least 825,000 dollars due to the hack …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, p2pnet, Slyck and Mashable!
Ina Fried / CNET
Targeted e-mail attacks spoof DOJ, business group  —  Security experts warned this week of two separate e-mail attacks launched Monday that take aim at specific individuals within corporations.  —  The first attack, detected by MessageLabs at 4:55 p.m. GMT Monday, was sent to more than 400 individuals …
Google Transfers A LOT of Domains to Google Name Servers; Is A Google Tax Prep Service in the Works and What Might GoogleSecret Be All About?  —  All of these domains were transferred to Google name servers in the past week or so.  They are also all registered to Google Inc. You'll see lots …
Discussion: WebProNews, InsideGoogle and ParisLemon
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Webisodes of 'Lost': Model Deal for Writers?  —  On the picket lines, striking television and film writers adamantly claim that studios are refusing to pay for the use of writers' scripts on the Internet.  —  But ABC Studios is doing just that.  Over the next three months fans of the hit show …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broken DRM scheme: $45 million; trampling fair use: priceless  —  Macrovision, the DRM firm perhaps best known recently for creating security holes in Windows with its SafeDisc DRM, has purchased the intellectual property surrounding the BD+ DRM scheme used by Blu-ray to thwart attempts at copying.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Google Maps gets user-generated markers
Discussion: TechSpot News
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
An Open Letter to Comcast and Every cable/Telco on P2P - updated
Discussion: P2P Blog
Dan Goodin / The Register: attack puts users at risk (again)
Discussion: TechSpot News
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Web Video: Move Over, Amateurs
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
PC Software's Great Year
Muhammad Saleem / Search Engine Land:
The Social Media Manual: Read Before You Play
Discussion: Digg
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
IT security failure causes UK Revenue & Customs (HMRC) chairman to resign
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Discussion: GigaOM and
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Ann Bednarz / Network World:
AT&T calls teleworkers back to cubicle life
Discussion: DSLreports and VoIP Watch
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Good vibes for Nikon's 18-55mm lens
Discussion: Gizmodo
diego's weblog:
Kindle!  —  So yesterday morning I ordered a Kindle …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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