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5:05 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:
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting  —  Updated: 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.
Discussion: GigaOM
New York Times:
Facebook Retreats on Online Tracking  —  Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program.  —  Within the last 10 days …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Executive Discusses Beacon Brouhaha
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop  —  Google has released two new features for its RSS reading product, Recommendations and Drag-and-Drop.  —  The Discovery recommendation feature suggests new sites a user may wish to read based on current subscriptions and (interestingly) browsing history.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Google Reader's New Recommendations Exciting, but Insufficient
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Nabs $60 Million Investment from Li Ka-shing  —  While a lot of people were beginning to doubt Facebook's ability to raise more money after getting a lofty $15 billion valuation following a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month, it seems the stakes are not too high …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google To Announce Wireless Spectrum Bid Friday  —  The Wall Street Journal is quoting "people familiar with the matter" saying that Google will announce a bid for the 700 MHz wireless spectrum Friday.  —  Google first expressed interesting in bidding in July, when it sent a letter …
Rafat Ali /
Google To Announce Bid For Spectrum, As Expected
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Comcast Getting 100Mbps Cable Modems Next Year, Fiber Scared?  [Godzilla Bandwidth]  —  Comcast confirms we'll see the rollout of DOCSIS 3.—the next-gen data over cable standard allowing bandwidth of 160Mbps down and 120Mbps up—starting next year, with 20 percent of its footprint expected …
Karl / DSLreports:
20% of Comcast Users To See DOCSIS 3. in 2008 - Faster speeds coming …
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 tops Nintendo Wii in Japan for first time  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.OS) Wii game console in Japan in November for the first time, raising the prospect that Sony might regain its dominance in the global videogame market.
Discussion: WinBeta
Mathew /
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Specifically about podcasting  —  I've heard that podcasting didn't achieve its promise, and I guess it's time for me to say what I think about that.  —  First, obviously it depends on what you felt was the promise.  —  Second, it depends whether you think there's more to do.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
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