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6:25 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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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 …
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 and Valleywag
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
Discussion: Valleywag and Between the Lines
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.
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
GOOGLE APPS GET FASTER ON IPHONE
Discussion: Reuters
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
Discussion: Scobleizer
Nicole SImon / cruel to be kind:   My comment on Oliver's Post about Blognation.
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is Blognation falling apart?
Discussion: TechCrunch and /Message
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.
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.
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Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:   Cell Phones to Replace Paper Boarding Passes
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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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Postal Rate Hike Could Put the Squeeze on Netflix
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods  —  Apple donates popular devices  —  More than 100 high school students in the Poway school district who lost homes in the October wildfires have received a surprise gift - iPods donated by Apple.  —  Kari Afshari, 15, a sophomore at Rancho Bernardo High …
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 …
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 …
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA  —  New fold-style phone includes 1.3 megapixel camera, e-mail capability and a music player  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Designed for customers who want to have the latest features like e-mail capability with support …
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, IntoMobile and Phone Scoop
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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BetaNews:
Windows Server 2008 moves to RC1 status
Christopher Null:
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Sneak Peek
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Surprise — Tesla electric roadster comes with ejection seat
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Government 'failing on e-crime'
Tris Hussey / blognation:
Facebook for Professionals-Not Just for Kids Anymore
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bad Math Among eBook Enthusiasts
Discussion: rexblog.com and TeleRead
David Recordon / OpenID:
OpenID 2.0...Final(ly)!  —  While its certainly been a long process …
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Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Share ideas to the maximum
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA head: Content filtering is in ISPs' best interests
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Like Transformers except monitors that only turn into monitors …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Newlaunches.com
Reuters:
TomTom to Google business information
James L. McQuivey / CNET News.com:
Why Apple can't do to video what it did to music
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT LIVE LABS RELEASES VOLTA WEB TOOLKIT
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise, Surprise: Delicious Still Not Mainstream
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