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1:30 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 …
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 …
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
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Firefox 3 Beta Offers Secure, Easy Web Browsing
Discussion: Today @ PC World
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
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Yahoo, Sony BMG Partner Over Video-On-Demand  —  Destination Handycam seemed like a marketing ploy as much as the result an important partnership, but the site, which was worked on by both Sony and Yahoo, may have led to the current development: a deal relating to music and video content.
Discussion: CNET News.com and E-Commerce Times
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Associated Press:
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video deal
Discussion: Mashable!, NewTeeVee and Epicenter
BBC:
25m child benefit records lost  —  Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.  —  The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25m people.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.  —  The much despised "is" has been a mandatory component of the status update, so every time a member updates his or her status, it reads "Member Name is . . . "
Discussion: Mashable!
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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Fortune:
Comcast CEO: Investors are wrong about us
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Mediaweek:
Online Video Ad Model Mimics TV Sales Approach
Verizon:
Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds …
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Jonathan Mulholland:
What Google has planned for Jaiku?
BBC:
Net gridlock by 2010 study warns
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