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9:40 AM ET, November 22, 2007

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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Is Facebook Really Ruining Christmas?  —  Political action and consumer advocacy organization MoveOn this week launched a public campaign against Facebook's new Project Beacon advertising system (our coverage).  MoveOn characterizes the ad system as "a huge invasion of privacy" …
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JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP:  —  When you buy a book or movie online—or make a political contribution—do you want that information automatically shared with the world on Facebook?  —  Most people would call that a huge invasion of privacy.  But this week, Facebook began doing just that.
Discussion: BetaNews and Digital Daily
Mario Sundar / Marketing Nirvana:
Facebook Beacon lights a firestorm in a teacup?  —  Summary: Beacon lights a fire storm of privacy issues — Word-of-mouth marketing or misplaced advertising?  — Why Matthew Ingram and Justin Smith are wrong on the Beacon issue  —  Moveon.org is targeting Facebook Beacon as an invasion of privacy …
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
An E-Book Reader That Just May Catch On  —  You've got to have a lot of nerve to introduce an electronic book reader in 2007.  —  Sure, the idea has appeal: an e-reader lets you carry hundreds of books, search or jump to any spot in the text and bump up the type size when your eyes get tired.
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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.
Danny Bradbury / Guardian:
Can Amazon's Kindle e-book wean us off paper?  —  Amazon hopes its ebook reader will do for books what the iPod did for music.  Danny Bradbury assesses this novel new device  —  Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, shows off the new Kindle ebook reader in New York
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Stealing Googlers At An Alarming Rate  —  Facebook and Google have been competing with each over more than just social networking.  Facebook is growing from 300ish employees today to 700 next year.  And the best place to get good engineers and others is Google …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Rumour: News Corp to buy LinkedIn  —  [Get the RSS feed or see right for the newsletter.  Digg this story.  Got a story?  Get in touch]  —  An unconfirmed rumour has reached me via a reliable source that LinkedIn is in talks with media giant News Corporation over a possible buyout in January 2008.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Thanksgiving Search Engine Logos & Off For The Day  —  Search Engine Land is taking the Thanksgiving holiday off, and best wishes to all those celebrating today.  We'll be back with regular coverage tomorrow.  Search engines are celebrating with special logos like those above.
Timbl / Decentralized Information Group …:
Giant Global Graph  —  Well, it has been a long time since the last blog.  So many topics, so little time.  Some talks, a couple of Design Issues articles, but no blog.  To dissipate the worry of expectation of quality, I resolve to lower the bar.  More about what I had for breakfast.
Discussion: Rough Type
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Replaces Video Link with Products Link  —  Google on their global homepage replaced the top-left link to Google Video with a link to Google Product Search, the former Froogle.  These navigational links are not consistent throughout Google's services, so the change isn't visible everywhere.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
YouTube, MySpace and California's D.M.V.  —  As YouTube videos go, Kyle's driving test has nothing on Gizmo, the toilet-flushing cat.  —  But the California Department of Motor Vehicles remains convinced that its 55 videos running on the Web site will make roads a better place to travel …
Discussion: Mashable!
Times of India:
Sony to introduce Playstation phone  —  20 Nov, 2007, 1645 hrs IST,Ritwik Donde, TNN  —  MUMBAI: Watch out Apple and Google, Sony may just surprise the world with a 'Playstation Phone'.  The Japanese company is toying with the idea of developing a 'Playstation phone' that will combine …
Discussion: Engadget, Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Guitar Hero is playing our song  —  One of the most popular video games this year is Guitar Hero, in which players flail away, Van-Halen-style, at a guitar-shaped controller and try to replicate the moves of the guitarist playing a popular song.  Think of it as guitar karaoke.
Discussion: Billboard.Biz and Kotaku
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Bloomberg:
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple on track to sell 25 million iPods this quarter
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Bizarre politics of the Google-DoubleClick deal
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Hands-on with Optimus Maximus (at last!)
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