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3:45 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  —  Last night, Mozilla released the first public beta version of Firefox 3.  You can grab version 3.01b from the beta download site.  According to Mozilla, the new release has fixed over 11,000 bugs as well as made the move to the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine.
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
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 …
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:
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.)
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.
 
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nbcumv.com:
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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
npd.com:
The NPD Group: Year-Over-Year U.S. Mobile Phone Sales Revenue …
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Webisodes of 'Lost': Model Deal for Writers?
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
SpiralFrog: Q3 Losses of $3.4 Million; Looking to Raise Up to $25 Million
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and ParisLemon
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
Verizon:
Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Jonathan Mulholland:
What Google has planned for Jaiku?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
1GB write-once SanDisk memory cards to cost $5.99?
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gear Diary
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Vodafone blocks iPhone in Germany