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12:10 AM ET, November 30, 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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook announces modifications to Beacon advertising program  —  Facebook has altered its controversial "Beacon" advertising program, following complaints by users and protests from activist groups like MoveOn.org.  The Beacon ads, which project Facebook users' activity on third-party partner sites …
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
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Executive Discusses Beacon Brouhaha
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Tim Faulkner / Valleywag:
Mark Cuban's radical new Facebook application [E-commerce]
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents
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
Discussion: The Register
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 tops PS3, trails Wii in initial holiday sales
Discussion: PR Newswire and GamePro.com
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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
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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