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10:15 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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: SMS Text News and Financial Times
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Agence France Presse:
Vodafone challenges exclusive German iPhone deal
Discussion: robhyndman.com
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: Download Squad and Mashable!
hatch.senate.gov:
HATCH, KOHL URGE RIGOROUS FTC REVIEW OF COMPETITION ISSUES IN GOOGLE-DOUBLECLICK DEAL  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Republican Member …
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Corey Boles / SmartMoney.com:
Senators Urge FTC To Review Google-DoubleClick Deal Closely
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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
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
Steven Schwankert / InfoWorld:
'Lust' virus: Film fans in China hit with virus attack  —  San Francisco - Lust seems to be prevailing over caution for computer users in China who download certain unauthorized copies of Ang Lee's latest film: some of them are receiving dozens of viruses instead.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
AT&T buys pay-per-call advertising company
Discussion: MarketingShift and Epicenter
Associated Press:
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video deal
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Price drop helps bring customers back to Sony's PlayStation 3
Discussion: p2pnet and CNET News.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
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]
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Viddler's New Tag-Based Advertising System
Discussion: Contentinople
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
MySpace to Move Into Ad-Supported Music
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Outfit Pirates TorrentFreak
Discussion: Digg
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
What are the odds you'll land on a typo-squatting site?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Death Of The Internet Greatly Exaggerated (By Those Who Stand To Benefit)
Discussion: DSLreports
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
GPhone Pics! Open-Source 'Bug' Can Run Android
Discussion: broadstuff, Gizmodo and Valleywag
 

 
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