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10:20 PM ET, December 2, 2007


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Well-Deserved Court Loss For Facebook  —  It should come as no surprise, of course, given it was essentially a legal temper tantrum on the part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  But a judge in Massachusetts wisely denied an inane request by the Palo Alto, Ca.-based social networking startup …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook: The canary in the social networking coal mine  —  Facebook has stirred up a great deal of controversy and now harsh criticism with its Beacon advertising program.  Three weeks after launching Beacon Facebook, the company did a 180-degree turn to make it more palatable for users rather than advertisers.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Video game giants in $18bn merger  —  The companies behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are merging in a deal which could shake up the global video games industry.  —  Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Vivendi to Acquire Activision  —  Vivendi said Sunday that it planned to acquire a controlling stake in Activision in a deal that creates a rival to Electronic Arts as the world's largest independent video game publisher.  —  The deal combines Activision and Vivendi Games …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING IS DEAD?  ACCORDING TO WHOM?  —  As a blogger, the last three years have been interesting ones, to say the least.  —  2005 was the year blogs came of age.  For a lot of people around me at the time, the key moment was when Businessweek's now-legendary article, "Blogging Will Change Your Business" made the front cover.
Andrew Miller / Your Search Advisor:
Google Apps Presentation in Ann Arbor  —  I had the privilege to attend a Google Apps presentation in Ann Arbor last night.  The event was hosted by Google in coordination with The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce at the Boardwalk Creative Center.  The presentation was basically an intro …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps
Lessig Blog:
Some important news from Wikipedia to understand clearly  —  As you'll see in this video, there has been important progress in making Wikipedia compatible with the world of Creative Commons licensed work.  But we should be very precise about this extremely good news: As Jimmy announces …
Jamendo Blog:
Breaking news: Wikipedia announces Creative Commons compatibility!  —  Sylvain (Jamendo's CTO) just got back from a Wikipedia/iCommons party in San Francisco where he taped a very exciting announcement from Jimmy Wales : Creative Commons, Wikimedia and the Free Software Foundation just agreed …
Discussion: Open Access News, Slashdot and Digg
Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere  —  I have always been against the non-compete clause for employees.  —  Conventional wisdom says we need them to protect employers and companies.  But in California they are deemed illegal and against public policy.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
One Laptop Per Child orders surge  —  Peru wants 260,000 machines; Mexican billionaire signs up  —  Despite slower-than-expected sales and tough competition from commercial rivals, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge is enjoying a surge of new orders.
KathrynV / DSLreports:
How Oregon is Fighting RIAA - State attorney general questions RIAA's tactics  —  Oregon s State Attorney General has been actively involved in fighting the tactics of RIAA in its litigation against students at the University of Oregon.  The belief is that the RIAA s tactics for gathering evidence are questionable at best.
Discussion: and PC World
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Selling links that pass PageRank  —  I've talked quite a lot before about buying or selling links that pass PageRank.  Today I wanted to walk through a concrete example of paid posts and show why the major search engines don't want to be affected by links within paid posts.
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Friending, Ancient or Otherwise  —  THE growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Second Life has thrust many of us into a new world where we make "friends" with people we barely know, scrawl messages on each other's walls and project our identities using totem-like visual symbols.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For the 2008 Race, Google Is a Crucial Constituency  —  LAST century, General Motors assembly plants were a regular stop on the itineraries of presidential candidates.  This election cycle, Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., has become a favorite destination.
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