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1:15 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon  —  Reports surfaced yesterday, and now we have the official word from Facebook.  Users will now have to opt-in to share purchases via Beacon: … It seems like a win for users, although I'm sure the ramifications of this announcement will be dissected and considered in the hours and days to come.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Executive Discusses Beacon Brouhaha  —  Facebook does not appear to be conceding much ground on Beacon — the program that informs a person's Facebook friends what he has purchased or posted on sites like Fandango.com, Yelp.com and NYTimes.com.  —  Earlier today I spoke …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting
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 …
Oliver Rist / PC Magazine:
Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off  —  Before Apple makes any more smug OS-related attacks on Microsoft, it ought to take a good look in the mirror.  —  I'm not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can't take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it) …
Discussion: The Open Road and Digg
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 …
Karl / DSLreports:
20% of Comcast Users To See DOCSIS 3.0 in 2008 - Faster speeds coming, but not of the upstream variety  —  Comcast gave a bit more detail on the state of their DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades at the CableNEXT Conference this week in Santa Clara, California.  Comcast CTO Tony Werner told attendees …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Comcast Getting 100Mbps Cable Modems Next Year, Fiber Scared?
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing mini-disc adapter for slot-loading drives  —  Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell has develop a collapsable hardware solution that would allow his company to reduce shipping and packaging costs by selling software on smaller discs which could then be used in slot-loading optical drives built …
 
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Skype's 'Make-or-Break Year'
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon's Real Move to Openness
Discussion: Verizon, PC World and CNET News.com
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Insider charged with hacking California canal system
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 tops PS3, trails Wii in initial holiday sales
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AT&T joins Jobs in saying a 3G iPhone will come next year
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Testing "Neighbors" Organizing Tool For Local
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Preps Parallel Developer Tool
Discussion: InfoWorld
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Quad FX canceled, upgrade path unclear
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]
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