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2:30 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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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Zuckerberg Lives, Is Sorry For Beacon  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally come out from hiding after the two-week privacy donnybrook that ensued over the company's marketing program Beacon.  Zuckerberg posted his response on the Facebook blog.  In short, he's sorry.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mark Zuckerberg on Beacon: We Made Mistakes
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Zuckerberg Apologizes, Allows Facebook Users to Evade Beacon
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface  —  We heard a rumor that Google was going to launch a new interface for users accessing the site via an iPhone in the next few days.  But an anonymous tip let us know it actually launched without any warning or announcement this evening.
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Google:
Google Announces launch of iPhone Application
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google updates iPhone interface; ties apps together
Discussion: Computerworld
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blognation Meltdown: Writers Never Paid, Promises Not Kept  —  There's big trouble over at the UK based BlogNation network today with US editor Oliver Starr resigning.  In a parting shot to network owner Sam Sethi, Starr alleges that he and other BlogNation writers have not been paid.
Discussion: /Message and Scobleizer
Mobile Jones / mobilejones:
Blognation: The Blogger's Prelude and Tale
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Blognation falling apart?
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Postal Rate Change to Wallop Netflix, Help BBI?  (NFLX)  —  Another reason for Netflix (NFLX) to hurry up and transition to a purely digital model: A potential postal rate change could cut the company's operating income per subscriber by two-thirds, say Citi analysts Mark Mahaney and Tony Wible.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Netflix: Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Applying Surchage To DVD Mailers
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.
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Be Video Cop  —  For years, media and technology companies have been ensnarled in a battle over the rights to video posted online.  Now ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman.  —  Nielsen is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video is distributed and viewed …
StarrTrek:
Marc Orchant Updates and Information  —  This page is dedicated to providing information and updates concerning the status of my good friend and colleague, Marc Orchant.  —  As you know, Marc suffered a massive cardiac infarction on Sunday morning, December 2nd 2007.  My original post is copied below.
Tech.co.uk:
Gmail messaging boost adds AIM to Google Talk  —  AOL's instant messenger now plays nicely with Google's  —  The popular Gmail service from Google is clearly a work in progress - it still carries the 'beta' tag after all - but that's mainly because it keeps getting better, rather than that it isn't finished.
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Google Talk Says Hello to AIM [Instant Messaging]
Discussion: WebProNews, rc3.org and Marketing.fm
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Nokia's unlimited "Comes With Music" plan misses the boat due to DRM  —  Universal announced a promising new business model last month that will allow device manufacturers to offer an all-you-can-eat music subscription service with devices.  Called Total Music by Universal …
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Joe Stewart / secureworks.com:
Inside the "Ron Paul" Spam Botnet  —  On the weekend of October 27, 2007, the Internet was suddenly bombarded with a rash of spam emails promoting U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul.  The spam run continued until Tuesday, October 30, when it stopped as suddenly as it began.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
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InfoWorld:   Ron Paul spam traced to Ukrainian botnet
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Industry Partners Gear Up for Biggest Enterprise Launch Wave in the Company's History  —  Microsoft delivers next milestone for highly anticipated Windows Server 2008, makes RC1 (release candidate one) ready for testing; industry readies for worldwide launch wave with "Heroes Happen Here" launch theme.
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Andy Sternberg / LAist:
Flickr + Picnik = Web Photo Editing Made Easy  —  It was a craaaaazy night on the town.  You took dozens of photos with your pocket-sized digital camera.  But you don't have Photoshop, and all you want to do is upload your pics directly to Flickr (something you could even do wirelessly …
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Apple Wants To Make DRM Extortion Explicit  —  For years, DRM critics have been arguing that the technology isn't so much about stopping piracy as it is about taking away traditional fair use privileges and then selling them back to you.  I've agreed with this for a while …
Discussion: Slashdot
Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Navigators Everywhere, Especially on Holiday Gift Lists  —  JUDGING from the holiday-season popularity of G.P.S. navigators, there are few gestures more satisfying than telling the person you love, "You have no sense of direction, but don't worry — modern technology can help."
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Lin / Phone Scoop:
Sprint XOHM Will Soft Launch "In A Few Days"  —  Sprint Nextel will soft launch its XOHM WiMax network in the next few days according to Bin Shen, VP of Product Management and Partnership Development.  Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore will all go live at soft launch …
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports, NewTeeVee and Engadget HD
 
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Airwaves For Sale!  —  It's deadline time at the Federal Communications Commission.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Improves Target By Location Feature With Maps
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
LiveStation demo leaks partners, sign-ups go live
Electronista:
Director: Microsoft fueling HD wars
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Nielsen and Digimarc Launch Service to Identify and Manage Internet …
BBC:
20% of French iPhones unlocked
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Will the Holy Grail of marketing revive Dell?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Interviews: Jeff Weiner, EVP & Scott Moore; SVP: Super Mass vs. Super Niche
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast (CMCSA): Economy Declining Since Q3
 

 
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