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10:00 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 …
Fred / A VC:
Facebook and The Privacy Backlash  —  For those of who don't know (ie you don't read techmeme, techcrunch, and their ilk), Facebook has been the subject of a mini privacy backlash over its 'beacon'.  Just yesterday Facebook made a move to attempt to alleviate some of the privacy concerns
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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
BBC:   Protests force Facebook to change
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon
Discussion: The Constant Observer
Louise Story / Bits:   The Evolution of Facebook's Beacon
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting
Discussion: Bits
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 …
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.
Adam Kovacevich / Google:
Google Will Apply to Participate in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it will apply to participate in the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band.  —  As part of the nationally mandated transition …
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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) …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?  [Rumor]  —  We've heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go.  That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were.
PR Newswire:
Motorola Names Greg Brown Chief Executive Officer, Succeeding Edward J. Zander Who Remains Chairman  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Greg Brown, 47, as Chief Executive Officer of Motorola, effective January 1, 2008.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Oregon Attorney General Fighting Back Against RIAA Lawsuits  —  from the messed-with-the-wrong-attorney- general dept  —  Over the summer, we wrote about a lawsuit someone had filed against the RIAA in Oregon, claiming that the RIAA's investigation tactics were illegal …
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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 …
 
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Anne Broache / ZDNet:
Net neutrality may not resolve Comcast vs. BitTorrent
Discussion: WinBeta
Associated Press:
Co-worker, not cell phone, was killer
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Why WiMax is cursed  —  Bad news keeps dogging the much-hyped standard …
Discussion: DSLreports
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Comcast to Charge $2.95 Extra for TiVo DVR Service
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Agence France Presse:
NEC develops first translation software on cellphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 Earlier Items: 
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
The Register:
EU tunes in to DVB-H
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Total Time Spent Online is Up 24.3%
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Will IRSeeK Have A Chilling Effect on IRC Chat?
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
PS3 tops Wii in Japan for first time
Discussion: WinBeta
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Specifically about podcasting
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents
Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
Spammers Giving Up? Google Thinks So
 

 
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
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BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital

 
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