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8:15 AM ET, December 4, 2007

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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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Adds Label Colors
Discussion: Gadgetell and Google Blogoscoped
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  —  Facebook's controversial Beacon service tracks activities from all users in third-party partner sites, including people who never signed up with Facebook or who have deactivated their accounts, a researcher says.  —  Recommend this story?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Where the hell is Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia  —  The Register Desktop Support Seminar .  Live & Online 11th December (10am PST)  —  On the surface, all is well in Wikiland.  Just last week, a headline from The San Francisco Chronicle told the world that "Wikipedia's Future Is Still Looking Up," …
Discussion: Infothought
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 …
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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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: 901am and Mashable!
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Alice Z. Cuneo / AdAge:
Could IPhone Up Mobile-Marketing Stakes? Land Rover, Others Think So
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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!
Microsoft:
Microsoft Anti-Piracy Approach Evolves to Meet Ongoing Threat  —  Q&A: Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Sievert discusses some of the latest tactics the company has implemented to respond to increased organization and sophistication of software pirates.
Nokia:
Nokia World 2007: Nokia outlines its vision of Internet evolution and commitment to environmental sustainability  —  Amsterdam, The Netherlands - At the annual Nokia World conference today, Nokia outlined its vision for the mobile industry, predicting rapid change driven by the convergence …
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 …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Web search for nudity is ruled 'fair use'  —  A federal appeals court says Google can display tiny photos in search results, even when the images are copyrighted.  —  The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reaffirmed its earlier support for the socially redeeming value of searching the Internet for nudie pictures.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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).
 
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Daimaou / Akihabaranews.com:
Nec Launches the Lui Branded Personal Solution in Japan!  Hi-res Picture - Scoop.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's 13.3-inch P300 series of LED-backlit laptops
Discussion: Gizmodo
BBC:
Net users 'want film downloads'
Business Week:
Activision-Vivendi's Game-Changing Deal
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Optimize Me: A Reporter's Journey into the World of SEO and SEM
Discussion: Searchviews
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CAA Raising $150M-$200M Venture Fund With Draper; ICM Talking …
Anthony Crupi / Mediaweek:
Oxygen Lets Go of 65 Staffers
Discussion: paidContent.org
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Spam's End? Maybe, if Time Allows
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (945713)
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Report: Apple caves in Hollywood face off, will raise iTunes movie prices
Discussion: MacNN, AppleInsider and Digg
CBC News:
Calgary man loses $20K after eBay sale hijacked
Discussion: The Register
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Did the Long Tail Beget Social Design?
Schneier on Security:
Security in Ten Years
AppleInsider:
Apple, AT&T sued over iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature
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IE vs Firefox: The Trash Talking Heats Up
 

 
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