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11:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and ParisLemon
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 …
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: Slashdot
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 …
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.
Discussion: MarketingShift and MarketingVOX
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
First Look: Amazon's Kindle Reader: The Gap Between Description and The Device  —  After today's festivities concluded, I eventually got a chance to sit down and play with Amazon's (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle.  The first thing to note is that the screen isn't like reading actual paper.
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The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts)  —  Act I: The act of buying … Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author's Guild, 2002 … Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007  —  Act II: The act of giving … Richard Stallman, The Right to Read … Newsweek, The Future of Reading  —  Act III: The act of lending
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
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?
Discussion: Rough Type, Traffick and SmartMoney.com
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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.
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.
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
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.
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AT&T buys pay-per-call advertising company
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Associated Press:
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video deal
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Nokia:
Sleek Internet Tablet shows consumers that stylish, portable …
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