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10:45 PM ET, December 5, 2007

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on Beacon  —  About a month ago, we released a new feature called Beacon to try to help people share information with their friends about things they do on the web.  We've made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we've made even more with how we've handled them.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zuckerberg's Mea Culpa, Not Enough  —  Update: Frankly, I am myself getting sick and tired of repeating myself about the all-important "information transmission from partner sites" aspect of Beacon.  That question remains unanswered in Zuckerberg's blog post, which upon second read is rather scant on actual privacy information.
Discussion: BetaNews, Darren Herman and Joe Duck
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Facebook Beacon: Privacy Disaster or PR Blip on the Road to World Domination?  Let's look at the data.  —  thanks to Jay Meattle at Compete for some data & a reality check.  —  note: i *still* think Facebook should have have stuck to their "Beacon is opt-out" guns, but they also should rollout …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Zuckerberg Apologizes, Allows Facebook Users to Evade Beacon  —  Mark Zuckerberg has produced a symphony of contrition in a blog post today about Facebook's Beacon feature, which initially sent information on users' Web purchases to their friends unless they specifically blocked the disclosure of each purchase.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologies For Beacon
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8  —  Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix 'n Mash event here on campus yesterday.  Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
LiveSide asks Bill Gates a question (how cool is that?)  - Read the full transcript  —  Just got the transcript of our hour with Bill Gates, so I wanted to get it up for you as soon as I could.  Bill started out with a little preamble about the future of computing, and then it was on to the questions.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE team shares ... a version number
Discussion: Windows Connected
Steve Kanefsky / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Google on the iPhone: Fast and Fluid  —  We all know that using the web on mobile phones can be a challenge sometimes.  Compared to our personal computers, the screens are smaller, it's more difficult to navigate and enter text, the network connections are slower, and the browsers lack many of the features we've become accustomed to.
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Google:
Google Announces launch of iPhone Application  —  Today, Google announced the release of a new iPhone application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between Google search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and more.
Oliver Starr / StarrTrek:
AN OPEN LETTER TO SAM SETHI  —  Please Note: This is an open letter to Sam Sethi, Founder and CEO of Blognation.  I have elected to write this letter after having been one of the principal Blognation authors since August of this year.  In all that time I have not received the pay promised …
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Mobile Jones / mobilejones:   Blognation: The Blogger's Prelude and Tale
Nicole SImon / cruel to be kind:   My comment on Oliver's Post about Blognation.
Jamesu / Inside UP:
OLPC in the News (Part 2)  —  Well, I will be flying out to Cambridge next week for my first meeting with some of the people at the OLPC, and I have to say I am looking forward to it.  Some of my UPG co-workers from Microsoft have been meeting with the OLPC team for about a year now …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on Expanding Support for Low Cost Flash Based Computing Devices
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
More on Microsoft's effort to put XP on XO
Discussion: TechSpot News
David Recordon / OpenID:
OpenID 2.0...Final(ly)!  —  While its certainly been a long process in the making, we're now quite excited to announce OpenID Authentication 2.0 and OpenID Attribute Exchange 1.0 as final specifications ("OpenID 2.0″).  This morning was the closing day of the Internet Identity Workshop …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and CenterNetworks
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   OpenID 2.0 Finally Launched
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate (RC)  —  Today we're making available the release candidate (RC) of Windows Vista SP1 via Microsoft Connect, and tomorrow subscribers to TechNet and MDSN will have access to those RC bits too.  In addition, the RC will be available to the public next week via Microsoft's Download Center.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites  —  The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings—or face fines of up to $300,000.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
USA Today:
Cellphone could be boarding pass, too  —  Continental Airlines passengers in Houston will be able to board flights using just a cellphone or personal-digital assistant instead of a regular boarding pass in a three-month test program launched Tuesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Verizon:
HD Video-on-Demand Now Playing on Verizon FiOS TV 1,000 HD VOD Titles Expected by the End of 2008  —  NEW YORK - Just in time for the holiday season, Verizon is unwrapping high-definition video-on-demand in many of its FiOS TV markets.  —  HD VOD is now available over the FiOS TV systems …
 
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InfoWorld:
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GameSpot:
Spot On: GameSpot on Gerstmann
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Adobe's PDF now an ISO standard
TiVo:
TiVo Boosts Its Robust Broadband Offering With the Addition …
Discussion: last100 and Zatz Not Funny!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook Apps Hit 10k in Number: Are We Still Excited?
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Search Support for X-Robots-Tag Directive to Simplify …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Surprise — Tesla electric roadster comes with ejection seat
Tris Hussey / blognation:
Facebook for Professionals-Not Just for Kids Anymore
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bad Math Among eBook Enthusiasts
Discussion: TeleRead and rexblog.com
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Share ideas to the maximum
James L. McQuivey / CNET News.com:
Why Apple can't do to video what it did to music
Discussion: ParisLemon
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT LIVE LABS RELEASES VOLTA WEB TOOLKIT
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise, Surprise: Delicious Still Not Mainstream
Discussion: Basement.org
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Postal Rate Change to Wallop Netflix, Help BBI? (NFLX)
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods
 

 
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