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9:30 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 releases Firefox 3 beta 1  —  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 said should improve security …
Discussion: ParisLemon
Bill Ray / The Register:
Firefox version 3 makes beta  —  New features for the brave, or foolhardy  —  Version 3 of Firefox, the alternative web browser of choice, is now available to download for its first beta test.  —  After 27 months of hard work the Gecko 1.9 rendering engine has been integrated …
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 …
Discussion: UNEASYsilence
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
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
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Reading Device Doesn't Need Computer
Discussion: MarketingVOX
CNN:
Vodafone Gets Restraining Order On T-Mobile's iPhone Sales  —  DUESSELDORF -(Dow Jones)- The German unit of Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) has obtained a restraining order against Deutsche Telekom AG's (DT) T-Mobile unit prohibiting the German telecommunications giant from selling Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone in Germany.
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Vodafone blocks iPhone in Germany
Discussion: SMS Text News and Financial Times
Agence France Presse:
Vodafone challenges exclusive German iPhone deal
Discussion: robhyndman.com
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: Gear Diary
Corey Boles / SmartMoney.com:
Senators Urge FTC To Review Google-DoubleClick Deal Closely  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Two senior lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission to only approve Google Inc.'s (GOOG) takeover of Internet advertising company DoubleClick Inc. if it concludes there will be no adverse impact …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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hatch.senate.gov:
HATCH, KOHL URGE RIGOROUS FTC REVIEW OF COMPETITION ISSUES …
Discussion: The Open Road, WebProNews and Mashable!
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Best Buy Black Friday Bonus Doorbusters Announced [Black Friday]  —  Just as we suspected, Best Buy has been holding out on us with the Black Friday Dealios.  Top of the list of these Bonus Doorbuster deals is a notebook, a Toshiba A135-7404 for $229 that will also include a Canon all-in-one printer.
Discussion: PC World
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
BBC:
Discs with 15m bank details lost  —  Confidential details of 15 million child benefit recipients are on computer discs lost by HM Revenue and Customs, the BBC understands.  —  The chairman of the organisation, Paul Gray, has resigned.  —  Revenue and Customs says it does not believe the records …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Viddler's New Tag-Based Advertising System  —  This past Thursday, Viddler launched an advertising system that lets companies and individuals overlay advertisements at variously tagged points within the videos it hosts.  The system is very similar to Google Adwords, except advertisements …
Discussion: Contentinople
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
'Tree-V' TVs coming out of the woodwork  —  Everyone knows about LCDs and plasmas, but another fight over TV materials is looming over another commodity: trees.  —  Apparently trying to cash in on the green trend, some manufacturers have been designing flat-panel frames made of wood and other natural sustainable substances.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Death Of The Internet Greatly Exaggerated (By Those Who Stand To Benefit)  —  Well, here we go again.  For well over a decade now, someone will come along every few months or so and claim that the internet is about to be overwhelmed by traffic and will collapse.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Oculon's Hikari Pro920 might be the world's tiniest projector
Discussion: technabob and Tech Blog
Nokia:
Sleek Internet Tablet shows consumers that stylish, portable …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Inside AdSense:
Video units coming to the UK, Ireland and Canada
Michelle Quinn / Los Angeles Times:
HP's sales keep expanding
Discussion: Business Week
Bloomberg:
Suit on Apple Options Is Dismissed
Discussion: TechCrunch and Cult of Mac
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Doesn't Send IMEI Information to Apple [Rumor Smashed]
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
MySpace to Move Into Ad-Supported Music
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
VIMBY Shows Off Your 'Hood
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Outfit Pirates TorrentFreak
Discussion: Digg
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Help-Key: How to Jailbreak your iPod Touch with 1.1.2
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
What are the odds you'll land on a typo-squatting site?
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Notebooks and servers continue to lift HP earnings
AnandTech:
Prices  —  It's surreal isn't it?  Is this how you pictured it?
The Morning News:
The Laptop Club  —  When I saw Amy Tiemann's blog post on CNET …
Discussion: Gizmodo, ct2, Boing Boing and Gadget Lab
John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Early Pulse Results: "Open" is Good for Business
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
GPhone Pics! Open-Source 'Bug' Can Run Android
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Judith Rosen / Publishers Weekly:
Amazon Makes Plea to Authors to Quiet Down

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Tom Wallace and John Bellando out in big Condé Nast executive shuffle

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Twitter's New User Pitch Means a New Advertising Pitch, Too

 
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