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4:35 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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Beta Hits the Web - Faster, But Still a Memory Hog
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Lifehacker
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 1
Discussion: Gear Diary and Slashdot
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look at Firefox 3.0b1: fast, stable, and full of new features
Discussion: Digg
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, according to allfacebook.com.  —  The much despised "is" has been a mandatory component of the status update …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Removing "Is" From Status Updates?  —  Well it looks like it has finally happened.  The dreaded "is" present in status updates that people have complained about for the past few months is now finally being removed.  Well, it appears that it will become optional.  According to Facebook's platform status feed:
Discussion: WebProNews, Valleywag and ParisLemon
Jaron Lanier / New York Times:
Pay Me for My Content  —  INTERNET idealists like me have long had an easy answer for creative types — like the striking screenwriters in Hollywood — who feel threatened by the unremunerative nature of our new Eden: stop whining and figure out how to join the party!
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Nick / Rough Type:
Against free  —  "Pay me for my content," says Jaron Lanier in a noble, if quixotic, op-ed in today's New York Times.  Remembering his days as an "internet idealist" who wrote a pro-piracy manifesto, Lanier writes, "I was wrong.  We were all wrong."  He continues:
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
What If Gmail Had Been Designed by Microsoft?  —  Today I want to ponder the question: what if Microsoft, not Google, had created Gmail?  What would be the differences in that web mail client for users today?  What if we apply some of the same design rules that brought us Hotmail, for instance?
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Former AOL Chair Backs New Search Tech Startup 'Clickable'  —  NEW YORK-BASED CLICKABLE ANNOUNCED THAT former AOL Chairman and CEO Jonathan Miller has joined the company's Board of Directors.  —  The announcement comes on the heels of the search tech startup's naming of Nielsen BuzzMetrics vet Max Kalehoff …
BBC:
UK families put on fraud alert  —  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.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Webisodes of 'Lost': Model Deal for Writers?  —  On the picket lines, striking television and film writers adamantly claim that studios are refusing to pay for the use of writers' scripts on the Internet.  —  But ABC Studios is doing just that.  Over the next three months fans of the hit show …
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.
Official Google Blog:
Custom Search goes global  —  In our Mountain View, California lobby, there's an image of a globe radiating colo(u)red beams of light, representing searches in different languages in countries all over the world.  It's quite mesmerizing to watch.  (You should check it out if you visit.)
 
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P2P Blog:
Mediadefender hack costs company 825,000 USD
Discussion: Slyck and p2pnet
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
MoveOn.org takes on Facebook's 'Beacon' ads
nbcumv.com:
NBC UNIVERSAL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF OXYGEN MEDIA
ResourceShelf:
Google Transfers A LOT of Domains to Google Name Servers …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Confusion the name of the game
Discussion: robhyndman.com
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Report Cites China's Cyber-Warfare Plans
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
20 Essential Blog Directories to Submit Your Blog To
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
SpiralFrog: Q3 Losses of $3.4 Million; Looking to Raise Up to $25 Million
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Damian Koh / Crave: The gadget blog:
A phone that knows when it's upside-down
Fortune:
Comcast CEO: Investors are wrong about us
Discussion: DSLreports
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Wi-Fi Signals Might Cause Childhood Autism (or Not) [Ruh Roh]
Discussion: CrunchGear
Verizon:
Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Jonathan Mulholland:
What Google has planned for Jaiku?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo's Got Game
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
1GB write-once SanDisk memory cards to cost $5.99?
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Vodafone blocks iPhone in Germany
 

 
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