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11:15 PM ET, December 3, 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.
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 …
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook on Beacon: We Don't Collect Info Unless You Opt-In
Discussion: InfoWorld and PC World
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?).
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Apple caves in Hollywood face off, will raise iTunes movie prices
Discussion: MacNN, Gizmodo and Digg
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET
Motorola CTO steps down following CEO's departure  —  Motorola's chief technology officer has resigned her position, just days after CEO Ed Zander announced his own plans to move on.  —  Gizmodo reported Monday that Padmasree Warrior's departure was announced via a company-wide e-mail Monday …
Discussion: GigaOM and ...about mobility …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Motorola's Chief Technology Officer Splits [See Ya]
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.
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!
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: ParisLemon and Googlified
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
The next evolution of labels
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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).
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.
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
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.
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 …
CBC News:
Calgary man loses $20K after eBay sale hijacked  —  RCMP investigator says eBay trying to hide scam problem  —  A Calgary man is one of 1,000 Canadians who have been scammed on eBay through a tactic known as hijacking, and the RCMP says the online auction service is not co-operating with their criminal investigations.
Discussion: The Register
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 …
Microsoft Security Advisory (945713)  —  Vulnerability in Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) Could Allow Information Disclosure  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in the way Windows resolves hostnames that do not include a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Spam's End? Maybe, if Time Allows
Discussion: Valleywag and Slashdot
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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Rising In Google: iPhone, Webkinz, And TMZ
Discussion: PDA
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News Corp. Buys
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
IE vs Firefox: The Trash Talking Heats Up
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Christopher Helman / Forbes:
The Second Coming  —  Michael Dell is back in charge …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sync Your iPhone, iPod Touch Over Wi-Fi [Software]
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
700 MHz Applications Due Today
Discussion: The Register and DSLreports
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Netflix vs. Blockbuster: Q3 Earnings Reports and Digital Delivery Strategies
Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Justices Turn Down Online Piracy Case
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Mark Sullivan / PC World:
The Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America