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12:25 PM ET, December 1, 2007


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Stefan Berteau / CA Security Advisor Research Blog:
Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in.  —  As follow-up to Ben's look at Facebook's Beacon system, I began investigating the extent of its privacy implications.  What I found is extremely disconcerting.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto  —  The "Beacon" fallout continues.  The New York Times' Louise Story essentially accuses Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of lying to her about Beacon's being "opt-in."  Coca-Cola got a similar impression from the company—and, having learned the truth, is holding off on using the program.
Louise Story / Bits:
Coke Is Holding Off on Sipping Facebook's Beacon  —  At Facebook's Nov. 6 extravaganza to introduce its new social advertising features, I asked the first question after the speech of Mark Zuckerberg, the company's 23-year-old chief executive.  I asked why he thought lots of users …
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than earlier thought, CA says  —  It goes much further than imagined in tracking people's off-site Web activities  —  A CA security researcher is sounding the alarm that Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined …
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft buys Toutonghi's Seattle startup  —  Microsoft's apparently still enthusiastic about the work of Mike Toutonghi, a former distinguished engineer who initiated the Media Center version of Windows before leaving for startup world.  —  With support from some early Microsoft executives …
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
WebFives/Vizrea aquired by Microsoft so download your content in the next 30 days  —  I set up a Vizrea account back in 2006 when they launched their service that was going to make it easy to get photos and video off of my camera-enabled phone and onto my PC so I could share it easily with others.
Brian Prince /
Mozilla Swats Firefox Bug With a Patch  —  Mozilla has issued a fix for a bug found in an update issued earlier this week.  —  Officials at Mozilla said they have released an update to fix a flaw in the recently released version of their Firefox browser.
counting still easy, critical thinking still surprisingly hard  —  Another security study making the rounds today in which someone who purports to know a lot about analyzing security — whose blog tagline, in fact, cautions that "we should try not to simplify [security] to the point of uselessness" …
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:   IE vs Firefox: Microsoft crunches security numbers
Lisa Vaas /   Microsoft Report on IE Security Draws Mozilla Rebuttal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vimeo Founder Fired, Does A Bong Hit  —  Jakob Lodwick, the co-founder of IAC owned video site Vimeo, left the company today.  The reason?  Apparently Lodwick didn't see eye to eye with the IAC brass on creative issues, and specifically had a run in with IAC chief Barry Diller three weeks ago.
Discussion: Valleywag and 901am
Phoenixlinden / Official Linden Blog:
Second Life Viewer Susceptible to Quicktime Security Flaw  —  We were alerted a short time ago that a QuickTime exploit has been discovered which may allow an attacker to crash or exploit the Second Life viewer.  The Second Life viewer uses Apple QuickTime to play videos and streaming media.
Discussion: VTOR
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Exclusive: Hackers say they can pick pockets of characters in Second Life virtual world  —  As if we don't have enough worries in the real world, now we have to worry about virtual world pickpockets.  The Mercury News has learned that security researchers have found a flaw in Second Life virtual world …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
GameSpot editor (?) on fired reviewer [Jeff Gerstmann]  —  We never know for sure if the commentards are who they claim to be.  But one prodigious poster with the new account "gamespot" is telling what reads like a credible insider story — it's written in editor-speak …
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameSpot editor fired, possibly for panning Kane & Lynch
Discussion: Valleywag, Joystiq and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Drew McLellan / 24 ways:
Transparent PNGs in Internet Explorer 6  —  Newer breeds of browser such as Firefox and Safari have offered support for PNG images with full alpha channel transparency for a few years.  With the use of hacks, support has been available in Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6, but the hacks are non-ideal and have been tricky to use.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Comcast CEO sees 160Mbps internet in 2008  —  Remember that blisteringly fast channel bonding modem Comcast showed off earlier this year?  Turns out that the firm's CEO is apparently aiming to roll out internet services that can reach up to 160Mbps down / 120Mbps up sometime in 2008.  As in, next year.
David Kaplan /
Social Media Aggregator Flux Releases New Platform Aimed At Expanding Services Beyond MTVN  —  Social media aggregator is releasing two products today designed to let web publishers move their content seamlessly among community sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and more.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
AOL to Suspend Paid Downloads, Replace with Amazon Unbox