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7:10 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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook founder faces shareholder revolt [Followup]  —  I was duped on a scoop.  Word had reached me, from multiple sources, that Mark Zuckerberg had sold $40 million worth of shares in Facebook's $300 million financing round.  Not so, we hear: All of the $300 million Facebook raised …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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: Apple 2.0, 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
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: CrunchGear and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Gary McWilliams / Wall Street Journal:
CompUSA to Close All Stores
Discussion: VoIP Blog, Gizmodo and Macworld
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index Images Uploaded to Blogger  —  Even if this sounds hard to believe, Google Image Search started to index images uploaded to Blogger in December 2007.  Until this month, all the images were prevented from being indexed by search engines for unknown reasons.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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 …
Sam Sethi / blognation:
The Funding Took Longer Than I Thought, Sorry Team  —  Reading the blogopshere you are probably aware that blognation has sadly had more of its internal private communications published.  —  Setting up a new company is at the best of times hard for any entrepreneur let alone in the public glare of the blogosphere.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
David /
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / CNET
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 …
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.
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Andy Oram / O'Reilly Radar:
An editor critiques the publishing industry's Automated Content Access Protocol
Discussion: The Laboratorium and ongoing
Ryan Geddes / IGN:
Fix Coming For Wii's Guitar Hero III Mono Problem
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar pogo
First Passport, now fraud: ex-MS employee charged
PC World:
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs