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3:50 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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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.
Discussion: The Register
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  —  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: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Facebook revamps new advertising system
Discussion: Pulse 2.0, p2pnet and CNET News.com
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
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Declines Two-Part Offer: Investment, Return of Donahue  —  Companies Featured in This Article: Sprint Nextel, Embarq, Procter & Gamble, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Vodafone Group  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. recently rejected an offer by South Korea's SK Telecom …
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 …
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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Karl / DSLreports:
20% of Comcast Users To See DOCSIS 3. in 2008 - Faster speeds coming …
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 …
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 …
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.
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET Web Product Roadmap (ASP.NET, Silverlight, IIS7)  —  Last week we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5.  This release is a big one for .NET, and delivers a ton of new capabilities and improvements for web, client, office and mobile development.  —  Over the next few months we'll …
 
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon's Real Move to Openness
Discussion: CNET News.com and Verizon
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Insider charged with hacking California canal system
Discussion: The Register
Kent German / CNET News.com:
AT&T joins Jobs in saying a 3G iPhone will come next year
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Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Preps Parallel Developer Tool
Discussion: InfoWorld
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing mini-disc adapter for slot-loading drives
Scott Wasson / The Tech Report:
Quad FX canceled, upgrade path unclear
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Failure Rates In Early Stage Venture Deals
Discussion: Joe Duck
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
AdBrite Raises $23 Million
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
What If They Gave a Browser War and Microsoft Never Came?
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Kindle Makes Buying E-Books Easy, Reading Them Hard