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11:00 PM ET, November 29, 2007

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Updates Beacon  —  Facebook has just announced that they will be updating their Beacon system.  Stories will no longer be published "without a user proactively consenting."  According to Facebook here is how the Beacon changes work:
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Facebook To Cry Uncle Over Beacon  —  Sources say Facebook is near to announcing changes to its Beacon marketing platform after pressure from privacy advocates over the last week.  —  MoveOn launched its campaign the Monday before Thanksgiving and has since signed up 50,000 Facebook members incensed …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting  —  On November 6, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly launched the new services (Techmeme) that he expected to redefine the advertising business.  —  "People influence people.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
AdBrite Raises $23 Million  —  Online advertising company AdBrite has raised $23 million in third-round funding, according to a regulatory filing discovered by peHUB.  Return backers include Sequoia Capital and hedge fund Artis Management (which often gloms onto Sequoia for hot VC deals).
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AdBrite Takes In Another $23 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat and alarm:clock
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Warner Music: We're totally screwed  —  I'm paraphrasing a little, but that seems to be the general thrust of Edgar Bronfman Jr.'s comments about the company's latest financial results.  In a nutshell, Warner — which Edgar Jr. maintains is not a record company at all, but a …
Kent German / CNET News.com:
AT&T joins Jobs in saying a 3G iPhone will come next year  —  We heard it from Apple CEO Steve Jobs already, but now AT&T also is saying that the carrier will offer a 3G iPhone.  According to Bloomberg News, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said yesterday that a 3G version of Apple's cell phone will be available in 2008.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Apple to Unveil Faster IPhone, AT&T's Stephenson Says
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Kindle Makes Buying E-Books Easy, Reading Them Hard  —  Companies have failed for many years to produce a successful electronic reader, a dedicated device that would do for books what Apple's iPod has done for music — allow you to carry around large numbers of titles and enjoy them in a convenient way.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 tops PS3, trails Wii in initial holiday sales  —  Microsoft sold more than 310,000 Xbox 360s last week in the United States, according to data released by the company this morning.  The number essentially completes the statistical picture for the first week of holiday console sales.
Discussion: PR Newswire and GamePro.com
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET Web Product Roadmap (ASP.NET, Silverlight, IIS7)  —  Last week we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.  This release is a big one for .NET, and delivers a ton of new capabilities and improvements for web, client, office and mobile development.  —  Over the next few months we'll …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: A Small Move by Facebook, with Big Implications  —  So a lot has been made of the Facebook vs. Google fight, whether it be the fight over talent or potential advertising revenues.  The reality is that if Facebook needs to keep growing, it needs Google.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CostPerNews
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
'Bot Roast II' Nets 8 Individuals  —  Second Phase of Ongoing Cyber Investigation Reveals More Than $20 Million in Economic Loss and More Than One Million Victimized Computers.  Public Urged To Take Precaution.  —  The FBI today announced the results of the second phase of its continuing investigation …
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Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
Spammers Giving Up?  Google Thinks So  —  Bill Gates was wildly optimistic when he said in 2004 that the problem of spam would be "solved" by 2006.  The volume of junk e-mail transmitted worldwide is still enormous.  But a remarkable trend is underfoot, according to Brad Taylor …
Netflix:
NETFLIX AND NBC UNIVERSAL ANNOUNCE ONLINE DEAL FOR 'HEROES' AND OTHER POPULAR SERIES  —  by Netflix Subscribers the Day After its Network Airing  —  UNIVERSAL CITY and LOS GATOS, Calif., November 26, 2007 - Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service …
Steve Goldberg / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the interns: recommendations and drag-and-drop  —  One of the great things about Reader, and feed readers in general, is that they let you follow sites much more efficiently than you could just by visiting them directly.  This means that once you get into the flow of it …
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents  —  Facebook Inc. has filed two legal motions meant to force an independent magazine to take down documents related to a lawsuit over the social-networking site's origins.  —  Early Thursday morning, Facebook's lawyers notified 02138 …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Quad FX canceled, upgrade path unclear  —  When AMD introduced its Quad FX dual-socket enthusiast platform one year ago, the entire proposition was a tough sell, because Intel had a single-socket quad-core solution that combined superior performance with lower power consumption than AMD's offering.
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
'Progress' In Talk Between Hollywood Producers and Writers
New York Times:
For Toddlers, Toy of Choice Is Tech Device
Discussion: CNET News.com and CrunchGear
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype's 'Make-or-Break Year'
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon's Real Move to Openness
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Insider charged with hacking California canal system
Discussion: The Register
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Testing "Neighbors" Organizing Tool For Local
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Karl / DSLreports:
20% of Comcast Users To See DOCSIS 3. in 2008 - Faster speeds coming …
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Preps Parallel Developer Tool
Discussion: InfoWorld
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Networks set for $120m from web ads
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing mini-disc adapter for slot-loading drives
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
NYTimes.com Chief: Rules of Television Journalism "Don't Work …
Discussion: Mashable!
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Failure Rates In Early Stage Venture Deals
Discussion: Joe Duck
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft release Office Mobile 6.1 (for real this time)
Discussion: PC World and InsideMicrosoft
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Patent Office upholds Tivo's "time warp" patent, EchoStar not so happy
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Use Your iPhone's Internet Connection On Your Laptop [Feature]
Discussion: zedgeHeadz and PalmAddicts
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
What If They Gave a Browser War and Microsoft Never Came?
Discussion: Download Squad and Channel 9