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1:55 PM ET, December 5, 2007


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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.
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.
Discussion: Fast Company Now
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 …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Blognation Meltdown: Writers Never Paid, Promises Not Kept
Discussion: /Message and Scobleizer
Mobile Jones / mobilejones:
Blognation: The Blogger's Prelude and Tale
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Jemima Kiss / PDA:   Is Blognation falling apart?
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google updates iPhone interface; ties apps together
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Joe Stewart /
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
InfoWorld:   Ron Paul spam traced to Ukrainian botnet
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.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Google Talk Says Hello to AIM [Instant Messaging]
Discussion: WebProNews, and
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
Digimarc (DMRC):
Nielsen and Digimarc Launch Service to Identify and Manage Internet Distribution of Media Content  —  Nielsen Digital Media Manager Will Allow Industry to Enforce Copyrights and Monetize Value of Online Video  —  The Nielsen Company and Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Digital Trends
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Nielsen To Police Web With Anti-Piracy Watermarking Scheme [Watching The Watcher]
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Improves Target By Location Feature With Maps  —  I got a tip from Scott Edwards that Google has quietly improved the "target customers by location" feature in the AdWords console.  You can see old screen captures of the multi-step process at the Search Engine Roundtable, but the new method is much more intuitive.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Scott Edwards Blog
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Airwaves For Sale!  —  It's deadline time at the Federal Communications Commission.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
LiveStation demo leaks partners, sign-ups go live
Director: Microsoft fueling HD wars
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
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Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
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Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast (CMCSA): Economy Declining Since Q3
James C. King / Inside PDF:
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Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot