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9:00 PM ET, December 3, 2007

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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
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook on Beacon: We Don't Collect Info Unless You Opt-In
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!
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
700 MHz Applications Due Today  —  If you plan on getting some of that sweet 700 MHz the government is auctioning off on January 24, you now have less than six hours to get your application into the FCC.  At this point, we know for sure Google will be bidding alone on the highly prized "C block" with its reserve price of $4.6 billion.
Discussion: The Register and DSLreports
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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.
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Splits [See Ya]  —  Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Splits  —  Motorola's personnel issues continue.  We just got word a company-wide email went out announcing that Padmasree Warrior—Moto's chief technology officer—is out the door "to pursue other opportunities."
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Ryan Carrigg / Compete Blog:
Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Q3 Earnings Reports and Digital Delivery Strategies  —  If you have had a chance to read the Q3 Earnings Reports for both Netflix and Blockbuster you undoubtedly noted the glaring difference in strategies between the two competitors.
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.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Rising In Google: iPhone, Webkinz, And TMZ  —  Apple's hot gadget, the toy world's must-have plush pets, and arguably AOL's hottest web property represented the top three fastest-rising search terms at Google.  —  Catapulting to the top of the hottest queries hitting Google's index means grabbing …
Discussion: PDA
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!
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
 
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