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1:50 AM ET, December 4, 2007

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Facebook Advertisers Bail From Beacon.  Plus, New Concerns.  —  The backlash against Facebook's Beacon advertising program just gets worse every day.  First, advertising partner Coca-Cola got cold feet over privacy issues.  Now Overstock is bailing from the program, and Travelocity is having doubts.
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook on Beacon: We Don't Collect Info Unless You Opt-In
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and PC World
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Adobe Debuts Flash Media Server 3 - Slashes Price  —  Adobe, which celebrated its 25th birthday over the weekend, today announced the release of Flash Media Server 3, the delivery platform for its near ubiquitous Flash technology.  Perhaps the most striking change to Flash Media Server is the drastically reduced price.
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David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Between H.264 & 90% price drop, will Adobe's new media servers mean more YouTubes?  —  Today, Adobe announced the third versions of its two Flash Media Servers: Flash Media Interactive Server 3 and Flash Media Streaming Server 3.  While the two servers represent a range of improvements to both products …
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
The next evolution of labels  —  Back in the Paleolithic Era, the world was a very different kind of place.  People were hunter-gatherers, lived in caves, and kept all their email in folders*.  You can't really blame them.  Between tracking woolly mammoths, fashioning crude stone tools …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Colored Labels Coming to Gmail?
Discussion: ParisLemon and Googlified
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
Images and new categories launch tonight  —  Hey everyone.  Believe it or not, the dedicated images section you've been waiting for finally goes live later tonight.  Lots of changes in this release:  — New Universal Taxonomy  —  Now you can submit news, images, or videos to any category on Digg!
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The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard in 100 pictures  —  Can't believe we missed this!  The brand new Motorola Q9 with Wi-Fi we just got?  Yeah, that has Windows Mobile 6.1 on it!  We're getting the video up soon, but for now, check out our full Windows Mobile 6.1 gallery, and the new things we found!
Noah / FishBowlNY:
News Corp. Buys Beliefnet.com  —  Steve Waldman's belief paid off today when News Corp. purchased Beliefnet.com, the spirituality-based Web site Waldman founded in 1999 and has run as editor-in-chief since.  —  In response to an anonymous tip we received, a call to Waldman resulted …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Apple caves in Hollywood face off, will raise iTunes movie prices  —  An important rule of playing chicken in the business world is that someone, sooner or later, needs to blink.  Otherwise deals don't get made, consumers don't get to spend money on anything, and summer mansions in extravagant locations sit lonely year round.
Discussion: MacNN, Contentinople and Digg
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Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Nick Show Captures Bigger Audiences Online Than on TV  —  'Yo Gabba Gabba' Has Turned Into a Viral Sensation With 17.8 Million Streams — by More Than Just Kids  —  Either kids have gotten really web-savvy (quite likely) or adults are starting to spend more time watching shows geared toward the preschool set (even likelier).
Oliver Starr / blognation USA:
Marc Orchant Suffers Massive Coronary  —  THIS IS NOT AN ATTEMPT AT HUMOR  —  PLEASE REPOST  —  At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office.
Schneier on Security:
Security in Ten Years  —  This is a conversation between myself and Marcus Ranum.  It will appear in Information Security Magazine this month.  —  Bruce Schneier: Predictions are easy and difficult.  Roy Amara of the Institute for the Future once said: "We tend to overestimate the effect …
Discussion: Slashdot
Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft's sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  Disturbing news has reached our Yuletide youthful innocence bunker that Microsoft's new artificial intelligence-powered Santa bot is subjecting …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
iPhone browsing marketshare closes in on .1%  —  Net Applications came out with its quarterly browser marketshare report this weekend.  More surprising than the solid market share gains that the Mac platform made, was iPhone's phenomenal showing.  —  .09 percent may seem …
AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T sued over iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature  —  Apple and AT&T on Monday were hit with a hefty patent infringement lawsuit from Klausner Technologies, which charges the pair with treading on patented technology by offering Visual Voicemail service to iPhone customers.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Crunchies Awards - Nominations Open  —  Nominations are now open for the first annual Crunchies, the competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.  The Crunchies is a collaboration project between GigaOm …
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Video Messaging Service Eyejot Releases Premium Features
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Pleo unboxing, er, hatching — photos and video
John Markoff / New York Times:
Spam's End? Maybe, if Time Allows
Discussion: Valleywag and Slashdot
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (945713)
CBC News:
Calgary man loses $20K after eBay sale hijacked
Discussion: The Register
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Did the Long Tail Beget Social Design?
Alice Z. Cuneo / AdAge:
Could IPhone Up Mobile-Marketing Stakes? Land Rover, Others Think So
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews.net
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Rising In Google: iPhone, Webkinz, And TMZ
Discussion: PDA
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Motorola CTO steps down following CEO's departure
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
IE vs Firefox: The Trash Talking Heats Up
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Not your father's Google  —  The online search business …
Christopher Helman / Forbes:
The Second Coming  —  Michael Dell is back in charge …
Ryan Carrigg / Compete Blog:
Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Q3 Earnings Reports and Digital Delivery Strategies
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Online Piracy Case
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Online Fame Easy; Ads Harder to Get