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12:55 PM ET, November 20, 2007

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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.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Mozilla's Firefox 3 beta: Improved but imperfect  —  A few months later than had been planned, Mozilla released on Monday night the first beta version of an overhauled Firefox, the widely used open-source Web browser.  —  Firefox 3 beta 1 includes a number of significant features that Mozilla …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Firefox 3 Beta 1: The Memory Use Says It All  —  I've been a long time Firefox fanboy.  I was one of the 10,000 people who contributed, and had their name featured in the NY Times back in 2004.  I've long preached to anyone who would listen that Firefox is a better alternative to Internet Explorer …
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Beta 1 Release Notes  —  Firefox 3 Beta 1 is a developer preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  These beta releases are targeted to Web developers and our testing community to gain feedback before advancing …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 1  —  I noticed that the Beta 1 for Firefox 3.0 was made available sometime yesterday.  I've been curious as to whether the Firefox dev team would do a serious revamp for this release or just concentrate on bug fixes and performance improvements.
Discussion: Gear Diary and Slashdot
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   First look at Firefox 3.0b1: fast, stable, and full of new features
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Firefox 3 Beta 1 has landed with better bookmark management, security
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Reading Device Doesn't Need Computer  —  Jeff Bezos knows that the world is not exactly clamoring for another way to read electronic books.  —  "If you go back in time, the landscape is littered with the bodies of dead e-book readers," Mr. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com, said yesterday.
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The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts)
Discussion: Epeus' epigone and ongoing
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
First Look: Amazon's Kindle Reader: The Gap Between Description and The Device
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Senators Hatch & Kohl About Google-DoubleClick  —  Today, US senators Herb Kohl and Orrin Hatch published a letter (PDF) urging the US Federal Trade Commission to carefully consider the proposed Google-DoubleClick deal.  Sure, who doesn't agree with a careful review?
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BBC:
25m child benefit records lost  —  Alistair Darling has blamed mistakes by junior officials at HM Revenue and Customs after details of 25 million child benefit recipients were lost.  —  The Chancellor said information, including bank details of 7m families, had been sent on discs to the National Audit office by unrecorded delivery.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo's Got Game  —  If you're looking for a killer app on the Internet and are unwilling to get into pornography, gaming is your best bet.  So when Meebo opened their platform last month to third party developers, it was clearly only a matter of time before they let game startups in.  That time has come.
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.
Verizon:
Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds in FiOS Internet Service Areas All FiOS Internet Customers Now Have Access to New, Groundbreaking Symmetrical Services at Home  —  NEW YORK - Millions of consumers now can take advantage of ultra-fast Verizon FiOS Internet upload speeds that blow cable away.
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
1GB write-once SanDisk memory cards to cost $5.99?  —  Remember how Sandisk was flirting with read-only, cheap-archival storage based on their new "3D memory' back in February?  Well, it sounds like they're about to commit.  We just received a tip from a SanDisk customer who took a survey about a proposed write-once memory card.
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gear Diary
Fortune:
Comcast CEO: Investors are wrong about us  —  The CEO of the largest U.S. cable company talks about his company's ailing stock, competition from satellite and phone rivals, and ongoing tussles with the NFL.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Don't call him the cable guy.
Discussion: DSLreports
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Vodafone blocks iPhone in Germany  —  It's a 'pretty poor experience', so you can't have it  —  Vodafone has won an injunction preventing T-Mobile from selling the iPhone in Germany.  T-Mobile is Apple's exclusive carrier partner in Europe's biggest market.  —  The lawsuit challenges T-Mobile's exclusivity arrangement with Apple.
Navneet Kaushal / WebProNews:
AdSense Video in UK, Ireland, Canada  —  As soon as news reached that AOL released Video Ticker there also was an announcement that Google will be introducing AdSense Video Units to Canada, the UK & Ireland.  —  AOL's VIDEO TICKER ADS:  —  AOL's video ticker ad is a graphic banner ad …
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Status Update: Facebook is Letting Users Drop the "is"
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Wi-Fi Signals Might Cause Childhood Autism (or Not) [Ruh Roh]
Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
Mini-parafoil delivers on a dime
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Launches
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Oculon:
Hikari Rro920, the World's tiniest projector!
Official Google Blog:
Custom Search goes global
Mediaweek:
Online Video Ad Model Mimics TV Sales Approach
Jonathan Mulholland:
What Google has planned for Jaiku?
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
On the Job, Everywhere  —  One challenge of the work-anywhere lifestyle …
Discussion: Hightouch
BBC:
Net gridlock by 2010 study warns
Discussion: PDA and CrunchGear
Hitwise:
Google Received 64 Percent of U.S.Searches in October
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released
Associated Press:
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video deal
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and Epicenter
Nokia:
Sleek Internet Tablet shows consumers that stylish, portable …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Black Friday Bonus Doorbusters Announced [Black Friday]
Discussion: Gadgetell and PC World
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Doesn't Send IMEI Information to Apple [Rumor Smashed]
 

 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Post and Daily News discussed working together; News considering digital-only future

Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

Knight Foundation:
Vice Media's Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit

 
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