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8:35 PM ET, November 21, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's "Beacon" Infuriate Users, MoveOn  —  Facebook's "social ads" so far appear to be a flop.  Not only was the "once in a hundred years" announcement largely a yawn, the complaints of Facebook users and MoveOn about the primal annoying-ness of "Beacon" are right on the money.
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Close encounter with Facebook Beacon  —  I put a lot of trust in sites like Facebook to do the right thing when it comes to privacy.  After all, the only stuff that gets out into the public is the stuff that I actually put in.  —  Until now.  —  Earlier this week, I bought a coffee table on Overstock.com.
Discussion: TechBizMedia
Roy Mark / eWEEK.com:
Facebook Users Light a Beacon of Protest  —  Thousands of Facebook users are resisting the social network's new online ad network.  —  More than 5,000 Facebook members have signed a petition protesting the social network's decision to allow businesses to reach users in the company's social network of 52 million users.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle sells out in 5.5 hours  —  Amazon isn't disclosing how many Kindles it actually had ready to go, but apparently the idea of a tiny e-book reader with free EV-DO and the visual flair of an Apple IIc hit home for quite a few people, because they sold out in just five and a half hours.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Feedster Quietly Dies... So Which Blog Search Engine Do You Use?  —  Blog search engine Feedster has had the following notice on its frontpage for at least a few weeks now:  —  There is no sign of life on the site and the Feedster blog has already been killed off (the big 404 in the sky).
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Songs included in Guitar Hero 3 see a dramatic leap in digital sales  —  Playing music on plastic guitars is big business.  Guitar Hero 3 has become quite the runaway hit at retail, and with Rock Band now released, we have two big-name rhythm games on the market.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fantasy Of The Day: The Kindle Will Save Papers  —  Did you know that in addition to its odd pay-per-blog scheme, Amazon's Kindle also offers readers a chance to pay to read online newspapers?  We haven't spent time talking about it, because it's so clearly a non-starter.
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Lester Haines / The Register:
Wii grasses up cheating wife  —  US soldier discovers incriminating 'Mii'  —  A US soldier discovered his missus had been playing away at home after spotting a suspicious "Mii" on his Nintendo Wii, the Evening Standard reports.  —  The man, known only as Tony, returned from a year in Iraq …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and broadstuff
Reuters:
T-Mobile says to sell iPhone without contract  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone (VOD.L) obtained a court injunction against it.
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Ivar Simensen / MSNBC:
D Telekom to sell iPhone without contract
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Where in the world is Ray Ozzie?  —  Ray Ozzie is Microsoft's chief software architect-that's Bill Gates' old job.  He is charged with building a bidirectional bridge between Microsoft's lucrative rich-client past and its cloud-computing future.  —  Ozzie, who joined Microsoft in March of 2005, is keeping a low profile lately.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook, MacBook Pro owners suffer keyboard freezing with Leopard  —  Some users of Apple's Intel-based portables are reporting that their keyboards are periodically seizing up during use, especially after upgrading to Mac OS X Leopard.  —  Numerous posts in Apple's support forums for the MacBook …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Memory test - Firefox 2.0.0.9 vs Firefox 3.0 b 1  —  Does Firefox 3.0 beta 1 do a better job of handling memory than earlier versions?  In a test put Firefox 3.0 beta up against Firefox 2.0.0.9 in a series of tests. … OK, with that out of the way, on with the tests.  I simulated three different browsing scenarios:
Discussion: Computerworld, Slashdot and Digg
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Flickr's Uploadr 3.0 beta offers more control  —  Flickr has begun public testing of a new version of its Uploadr tool to send pictures to its online photo-sharing site.  —  The new version gives more elaborate control over photos before they're uploaded, said Flickr's Robert Crowley …
Discussion: Mashable!
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Making Social Connections and Selling Cookies  —  FOR decades, Nabisco has sold cookies called Social Tea and crackers called Sociables.  Now a competitor, Pepperidge Farm, is going all social, too, by entering the increasingly popular field known as social media with a Web site devoted to social networking.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
PickyPirate: Metacritic Meets BitTorrent
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Reuters:
Google U.S. Web search share jumps to 58.5 percent
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Computerworld:
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Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
TomorrowNow Shuts Down Customer Support Program
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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