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3:45 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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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Facebook's Beacon Ad System Also Tracks Non-Facebook Users
Discussion: Mashable!, InfoWorld and WebProNews
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook on Beacon: We Don't Collect Info Unless You Opt-In
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 …
Discussion: Adobe
Adobe:
Adobe Delivers Flash Player 9 with H.264 Video Support
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AdMob + iPhone + LandRover = Good Results  —  A iPhone focused LandRover campaign powered by San Mateo based mobile advertising startup AdMob has seen some interesting results (video demo above).  —  AdAge has some details on the campaign here, but I obtained some raw figures from AdMob.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Alice Z. Cuneo / AdAge:
Could IPhone Up Mobile-Marketing Stakes? Land Rover, Others Think So
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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 …
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).
Business Week:
Activision-Vivendi's Game-Changing Deal  —  The new Activision Blizzard will give EA a heavyweight to contend with in the increasingly important market of massive multiplayer online games  —  The $18.9 billion tieup between Activision (ATVI) and Vivendi (VIV.PA) is numbingly complex in its structure …
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
Anthony Crupi / Mediaweek:
Oxygen Lets Go of 65 Staffers  —  Now that its acquisition of Oxygen has been finalized, NBC Universal on Monday began the inevitable culling process, letting go some 65 staffers in cuts across a number of departments.  —  According to an NBCU source, the company cut 25 percent of Oxygen's 260 employees …
Scott D. Anthony / Business Week:
Skype Out?  —  eBay's struggles to make its acquisition of Skype work show how moving quickly is a critical component of making disruptive acquisitions work  —  Disruptive innovations—the simple, cheap, accessible solutions that create new markets and transform existing ones …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CAA Raising $150M-$200M Venture Fund With Draper; ICM Talking To Qualcomm Among Others  —  Creative Arts Agency, the biggest talent agency in Hollywood, is raising a $150 million-$200 million venture capital fund to invest in startups in the digital/entertainment sector, paidContent.org has learned.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
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John Markoff / New York Times:
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David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Apple caves in Hollywood face off, will raise iTunes movie prices
Discussion: MacNN, AppleInsider and Digg
CBC News:
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AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T sued over iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Gibson shows new self-tuning guitar
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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
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