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7:25 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Hugging Apple: 20th Cent.  Fox Films To iTunes  —  News Corp.'s (NWS) 20th Century Fox studio is talking with Apple (AAPL) about selling its movies through iTunes, reports Pali Capital's Rich Greenfield (reg. required), who predicts a deal will be done early next year (perhaps in time for Macworld in January?).
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
NBC pulls its TV shows from Apple iTunes  —  No more ad-free episodes of The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs or Friday Night Lights for $1.99 each.  —  As promised, NBC (GE) removed all its content and that of its affiliates from the iTunes Store over the weekend after its contract with Apple (AAPL) expired.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Jeff Zucker: iTunes Profits Were $15 Mil. for NBC-U
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Two More Facebook Advertisers Say No To Beacon  —  Now, it's not just Coca-Cola who is holding off on using Facebook's Beacon.  Travelocity and Overstock have also reportedly decided to sit on the sidelines (MediaPost via paidcontent).  —  Meanwhile, after applauding Facebook …
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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.
Amy Tiemann / parent . thesis:
More bad news for Facebook
Discussion: InfoWorld and PC World
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 …
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.
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!
Mark Sullivan / PC World:
The Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America  —  These groups line up against tech interests in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country.  —  Their names keep coming up over and over again in courtrooms and corridors of power across the country—those groups whose interests always seem …
Ginger Tulley / Six Apart News:
Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal  —  Acquisition of LiveJournal, creation of new operating company and investment fund by SUP promise new innovation and expansion for pioneering online community  —  San Francisco, CA - December 3, 2007 - Six Apart, the world's leading independent …
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
IE vs Firefox: The Trash Talking Heats Up  —  A recent Microsoft took a rather insulting stab at Mozilla, so the open-source firm decide to do some trash talking of its own.  —  Mozilla is all hustle and bustle these days, trying to fix the remaining bugs before it rolls out its final release …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and The Register
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Mozilla scoffs at vulnerability study rating IE superior to Firefox
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 …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
At Wikipedia, Illustrators May Be Paid  —  The foundation that runs Wikipedia has finally agreed to pay contributors to the online encyclopedia a modest fee for their work.  But it won't pay the thousands of people who participate in creating the wiki pages — just artists who create "key illustrations" for the site.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Time Warner Won't Bid on 700 MHz Spectrum  —  Time Warner, a key player in a coalition of cable operators that succeeded in buying broadband wireless spectrum during the last FCC auction process, won't participate in the 700 MHz auction, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said this morning.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Britt: TWC Won't Bid On Wireless Spectrum
Discussion: paidContent.org and Ars Technica
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Colored Labels Coming to Gmail?  —  Some Gmail users have spotted they can now customize their label colors.  Perhaps Google is experimenting with this feature, or they are rolling it out for all of us at the moment.  Also, with this change you can now remove a label from a mail you are viewing by clicking on the label's X button.
Discussion: Googlified and ParisLemon
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Online Piracy Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by an online publisher that claims credit-card companies are enabling the piracy of its pictures of nude models.  —  The case was brought by Perfect 10 Inc. …
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Online Fame Easy; Ads Harder to Get  —  Income for Web Video Creators Varies From 'Retire' to 'Keep Your Day Job'  —  Some Web video stars, like the "Ask a Ninja" guys, are raking it in.  Some, like Beet.TV video blogger Andy Plesser, are earning a hefty supplement to their day jobs.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Steve Jobs to keynote Macworld Expo 2008  —  IDG World Expo on Monday announced that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address to attendees of Macworld Conference & Expo 2008.  The keynote address happens on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM in the Moscone West facility at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.
 
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
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