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9:10 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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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 …
BBC:
Protests force Facebook to change  —  Many users resented Facebook grabbing and sharing data  —  Facebook members have forced the social networking site to change the way a controversial ad system worked.  —  More than 50,000 Facebook users signed a petition calling on the company to alter …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
To Save Its Bacon, Facebook Weakens Beacon  —  Three weeks is a long time on the Internet.  It was on November 6, I raised the question: Is Facebook Beacon a privacy nightmare?  Three days later, my next post, Facebook's Cruel Intentions elicited some response from the Palo Alto …
Discussion: MarketingShift and Labnotes
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.
Fred / A VC:   Facebook and The Privacy Backlash
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting
Louise Story / Bits:   The Evolution of Facebook's Beacon
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Executive Discusses Beacon Brouhaha
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 …
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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
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 …
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) …
Eric / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: OpenID commenting  —  Blogger in Draft now lets you enable OpenID-based commenting, in your blogs' Settings |  Comments tab:  —  (OpenID comments work in both the Anyone and Registered Users modes)  —  This means that users of OpenID-enabled services — such as LiveJournal and WordPress …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google To Announce Bid For Spectrum, As Expected  —  So it is finalized: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will announce on Friday that it will apply to bid for wireless spectrum in a January Federal Communications Commission auction reports the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter" …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google To Announce Wireless Spectrum Bid Friday
comScore:
Online Consumer-Generated Reviews Have Significant Impact on Offline Purchase Behavior  —  Study Conducted by comScore and The Kelsey Group Reveals that  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the results of a new study conducted with The Kelsey Group …
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 …
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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
PS3 tops 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.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Oregon Attorney General Fighting Back Against RIAA Lawsuits
CNN:
Teen questioned in computer hacking probe
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review? [Rumor]
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
USA Today:
Confession is just a keypad away
The Register:
EU tunes in to DVB-H
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 Earlier Items: 
Colin Barker / CNET News.com:
No slowdown in HP's software expansion quest
Discussion: The Register and Seeking Alpha
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Specifically about podcasting
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Mashable!
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents
Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
Spammers Giving Up? Google Thinks So
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Insider charged with hacking California canal system
Discussion: The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: A Small Move by Facebook, with Big Implications
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing mini-disc adapter for slot-loading drives