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5:20 PM ET, December 8, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Mark Zuckerberg cashes out?  [Scoop]  —  Venture capital's ancien régime is on the verge of being overturned.  We hear Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, may have cashed out — before an IPO, before a sale, and before his investors.  In the company's recent financing round …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's Zuckerberg Doesn't Take $40 Million Off Table  —  UPDATE: Valleywag's Owen Wilson now says that his earlier report was wrong, and that Zuck hasn't cashed out at all.  —  [Valleywag reports more evidence that Mark Zuckerberg is no dummy: $40 million of the $300 million of stock sold …
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Ayres / Times of London:
One step from the top, Essex boy who reached Apple's core  —  The designer has come a long way — from a technophobe at a British polytechnic to being mooted as the US giant's next CEO  —  He holds one of the most powerful corporate jobs in America.  His admirers (and customers) include Bono, George W. Bush and the Queen.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Associated Press:
CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores  —  The consumer electronics store will run store-closing sales during the holidays to get rid of inventory.  —  DALLAS (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer CompUSA said Friday it will close its stores after the holidays following sale of the company …
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Gary McWilliams / Wall Street Journal:
CompUSA to Close All Stores  —  Mexican telephone and retail magnate Carlos Slim, in a rare defeat, will exit the U.S. consumer electronics market, shutting the last 100 CompUSA Inc. stores after sinking about $2 billion into the business.  —  Gordon Brothers Group, a Boston-based retail store liquidator …
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Gizmodo and Macworld
Louise Story / Bits:
Facebook Members Sell Their Own Ads  —  More than 1,500 Facebook users have started placing advertisements on their own profile pages-despite the social networking site's rule against such ads.  —  They are posting them with the help of a Montreal-based company called Weblo …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pass The Bong, It's Another Whacky Zune Commercial  —  We first covered the rather different advertising campaign for Microsoft's iPod wannabe MP3 player the Zune in November.  Enamored perhaps by the surrealism presented in the original campaign, Microsoft has sponsored a project called Zune-Arts …
Patrick Seitz / Investor's Business Daily:
Apple Macintosh Computers Likely To Gain Market Share  —  Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh computers are poised to make sizable market share gains in the coming months, according to a research firm that tracks PC purchase intent.  —  ChangeWave Research says it sees continuing momentum …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
David / weblog.rubyonrails.org:
Rails 2.0: It's done!  —  Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making.  This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish.  We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
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OSDir.com:
Rails 2.0  —  Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and InfoWorld
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Copyright Gift Basket: What's In It For You?  —  It's that time of year again, when many of us are rushing from mall to mall (or site to site) to buy gifts for all those important people in our lives.  A Wii for a few lucky ones, a Zune for the less fortunate, and a Ze Frank action figure for that burgeoning web video director.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Warning sounded over 'flirting robots'  —  Those entering online dating forums risk having more than their hearts stolen.  —  A program which can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums …
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Verizon Sued Over GPL Code In Its FiOS Router  —  The Software Freedom Law Center is taking issue with the Actiontec MI424WR wireless router, which may include open license-infringing BusyBox software.  —  The Software Freedom Law Center on Friday filed suit against Verizon …
InfoWorld:
First Passport, now fraud: ex-MS employee charged  —  The former Microsoft employee associated with the company's notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud.  —  Carolyn Gudmundson was indicted Thursday on charges that she raked in more than $1 million during …
Ryan Geddes / IGN:
Fix Coming For Wii's Guitar Hero III Mono Problem  —  Activision will offer free, remastered game disks in early 2008.  —  When Guitar Hero III was released for the Nintendo Wii on Oct. 28, would-be rockers got a bit of a shock when they plugged in.  It turned out the game …
 
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Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
An editor critiques the publishing industry's Automated Content Access Protocol
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Patrick J. Lyons / The Lede:
Has Facebook Worn Out Its Welcome?
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Novell, Red Hat and Gartner war with Facebook for PR flop award
Discussion: The Open Road
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Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar pogo
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