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3:00 AM ET, November 23, 2007


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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
The fine line between advertising and recommendations  —  Facebook Beacon has the 'Net riled up over what many see as an invasion of their privacy.  A Wall Street Journal article gives a good description of how the opt-out process works: … The problem seems to be that like everything else on Facebook …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tim Berners-Lee: From World Wide Web to Giant Global Graph  —  Updated: On this Thanksgiving morning in the U.S., the Facebook Beacon storm continues to rage (Techmeme).  It's simply growing pains for the social graph.  In fact, the social graph (which Mark Zuckerberg defines as the network …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable!
Nick / Rough Type:
Is the social graph Web 3.0?  —  Well, it looks like there'll be no escaping the "social graph" term.  World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, in a blog post last evening, not only bestowed his blessing on the social graph but elevated it to the capitalized Social Graph, a sign that we have a New Paradigm on our hands.
Dan Ackerman Greenberg / TechCrunch:
The Secret Strategies Behind Many "Viral" Videos  —  This guest post was written by Dan Ackerman Greenberg, co-founder of viral video marketing company The Comotion Group and lead TA for the Stanford Facebook Class.  Dan will graduate from the Stanford Management Science & Engineering Masters program in June.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
YouTube: Promotional vs. Commercial Distribution Platform  —  It's a numbers' game, for sure, but you shouldn't be cooking the numbers to win.  Call me naive, call me idealistic, but that's my philosophy.  —  A recent post on Tech Crunch talks about how "two top Hollywood movie studios …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft's Hotmail founder goes for the (wrong) Office jugular with Live Documents  —  Sabeer Bhatia, one of the co-founders of Hotmail (bought by Microsoft for $400 million ten years ago), is on a mission to lobotomize Microsoft's $20 billion Office business.  He has an uphill climb.
Alice Miles / Times of London:
The Word is out: Microsoft will face online fight on core software  —  The co-founder of Hotmail, the web-based e-mail service bought by Microsoft for $400 million a decade ago, is challenging the American software giant's core $20 billion (£9.7 billion) office desktop business.
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Really Censoring Search When It Suits Them?  —  Earlier this month I wrote a blog post showing that a search for presidential candidate "Ron Paul" in Facebook Groups yields zero results.  Facebook blamed the problem on a bug (unofficially, via comments by employees to that post), which was later corrected.
Business Wire:
One Laptop per Child Extends Give One Get One Program Through December 31  —  Giving Campaign off to Strong Start; People Want More Time to Participate  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing every child …
Mike Madison /
Romantics Sue Over Guitar Hero  —  The 80s pop band The Romantics are suing the producers of the fabulously successful video game Guitar Hero.  (Billboard story here.)  The game includes a lawfully produced cover of The Romantics' one and only smash hit, What I Like About You.
Discussion: p2pnet, Billboard and
Robert Andrews /
Blyk Claims Up To 43 Percent Click-Through On First Mobile Ads  —  Six weeks after launching, Blyk - the mobile virtual network giving free calls and texts in return for receiving ads - has given us some numbers indicating its progress.  — Response: Sales director Jonathan MacDonald told …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Thanksgiving 2007 from Google, Yahoo,, Dogpile & The Search Industry  —  Today is one of my most favorite holidays, Thanksgiving!  This will probably be our only post today, but I wanted to share the logos and search forum threads from around the search industry.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: XP contains random number generator bug  —  Microsoft admits recently discovered Windows 2000 flaw exists in XP too  —  Windows XP, Microsoft's most popular operating system, sports the same encryption flaws that Israeli researchers recently disclosed in Windows 2000, Microsoft officials confirmed late Tuesday.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Thursdayclub / Travels With My Overnight Bag:
Exercise for the Reader: Facebook Member Stats
Discussion: TechCrunch, WebMetricsGuru and Digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Six things to be thankful for in technology, 2007
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Data Leak in Britain Affects 25 Million
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
Giving Thanks for...Facebook?
 Earlier Items: 
Times of India:
Sony to introduce Playstation phone
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Rumour: News Corp to buy LinkedIn
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Replaces Video Link with Products Link
Discussion: Mashable!

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