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12:40 AM ET, November 21, 2007


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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  —  The much despised "is" has been a mandatory component of the status update …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Blogosphere Needs A Vacation  —  What's the top news story on TechMeme this fine Tuesday afternoon?  —  It's a story about the sudden disappearance of the word "is" from Facebook's status message yesterday.  Then, today, it reappeared.  For a brief period of time …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook To Drop 'Is' From Status Updates
Discussion: Download Squad and Mashable!
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?
Discussion: Valleywag, Zoli's Blog and ParisLemon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Google Set-Top Box (Think Android For TV)  —  Deep in the Googleplex there is an engineering team thinking about how to extend Google's reach into your TV.  Its work goes way beyond the Google TV ads currently being tested by EchoStar (and targeted with help from Nielsen).
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.
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Another Look at VC-Backed Busts  —  Lots of talk today about VC-backed busts, after InsideCRM published its list of the 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments of All Time.  I tried getting comment from some actual VCs who backed companies on the InsideCRM list, but have so far been unsuccessful (I know, real shocking).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clickable Raises Another $3 Million, Officially Adds Jonathan Miller to Board  —  Advertising technology startup Clickable has raised another $3 million from its lead investors Union Square Ventures and Pequot Ventures, in a follow-on round to the $3 million it raised last July, confirms CEO David Kidder.
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Former AOL Chair Backs New Search Tech Startup 'Clickable'
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET takes on Facebook's 'Beacon' ads  —  Online activist group is poised to announce a campaign targeting Facebook's "Beacon" advertisements, which post information about users' activity on partner sites (movie rentals, purchases from online retailers) onto their friends' News Feeds.
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Facebook applications get email option  —  Facebook is letting users decide whether they want to receive emails from Facebook applications they subscribe to.  —  But by default, the checkbox is selected so that they receive emails.  The change makes it easier for application owners …
Discussion: Mashable!
Alec Saunders .LOG:
Some VoIP applications ARE failing on Facebook!
Discussion: GigaOM and Jon Arnold's Blog
heise Security:
Apple Mail in Leopard with the same old error  —  In March 2006 Apple defused a security problem in Apple Mail that made it possible to inject disguised malignant code.  In Leopard, the patch was apparently forgotten.  This means that you can inadvertently start an executable by double-clicking …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Leopard security bug puts Mail users at risk
Discussion: CrunchGear and heise Security
Greg Lutton / PlayStation.Blog:
New PLAYSTATION Eye Games Available Today  —  What's up PS3 fans?  By now, you've probably tried EyeCreate and made some pretty impressive videos.  But now you're wondering what else is out there for the PSEye?  Well, I'm pleased to let you know we've got 2 more cool titles coming out later today …
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life, Joystiq and Things That
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!
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Political Love (Or Not) on Digg and Yahoo  —  As 2008 comes upon us, it's evident that the entire world of the web has got presidential candidate fever.  Both Yahoo and Digg have launched new campaigns of their own to get your say on who will win the big race.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
An Open Letter to Comcast and Every cable/Telco on P2P - updated  —  I'm not a Comcast customer.  I happen to get service from Verizon, ATT and Time Warner at various locations where I pay for internet service.  —  If I was a Comcast customer, I would tell them, as I am now telling all the services I am a customer of:
Discussion: P2P Blog and Skype Journal
Muhammad Saleem / Search Engine Land:
The Social Media Manual: Read Before You Play  —  I get so many questions from people about Digg, Propeller, Reddit, Stumbleupon and other social news sites every day, that I decided to write this little "manual" as something to read before you jump in head first into any social site …
Discussion: Digg
P2P Blog:
Mediadefender hack costs company 825,000 USD  —  Those 6000 Mediadefender emails that leaked onto the web in September cost the anti-piracy outlet dearly: A recent SEC filing of Mediadefender parent ArtistDirect reveals that the company lost at least 825,000 dollars due to the hack …
Discussion: p2pnet, Slyck, TorrentFreak and Mashable!
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Newspaper Ad Sales Up Online, Down in Print  —  The latest figures on the state of the US newspaper advertising industry indicate that print advertising sales have continued to plummet.  Online ad sales, however, have risen significantly, though not enough to offset the sharp decline in print ad revenue.
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Good vibes for Nikon's 18-55mm lens  —  Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR lens.  —  (Credit: Nikon)  —  As an increasing number of competitors add sensor-shift image stabilization to their consumer dSLRs—Olympus and Pentax, to name but two—OIS diehards Nikon and Canon have to keep …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET
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Discussion: TechSpot News
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Broken DRM scheme: $45 million; trampling fair use: priceless
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ann Bednarz / Network World:
AT&T calls teleworkers back to cubicle life
Discussion: VoIP Watch and DSLreports
diego's weblog:
Kindle!  —  So yesterday morning I ordered a Kindle …
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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