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1:15 PM ET, December 8, 2007

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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Mark Zuckerberg cashes out [Scoop]  —  Venture capital's ancien régime has been overturned.  We hear Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has cashed out — before an IPO, before a sale, and before his investors.  In the company's recent financing round, insiders believe, he sold about $40 million worth of stock.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Engadget
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software
Discussion: Digg
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
PC World:
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs  —  Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  —  John E. Dunn, Techworld  —  Recommend this story?
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.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ruby on Rails 2.0 released for Web apps  —  San Francisco - Version 2.0 of Ruby on Rails, the popular open source Web application development framework, was released this morning, said the developer of the framework, David Heinemeier Hansson, on Friday.  —  Key to this release is its reliance on REST …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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OSDir.com:
Rails 2.0  —  Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Novell, Red Hat and Gartner war with Facebook for PR flop award  —  Save the fear leader.  Save the hurled  —  Radio Reg Is there a PR professional decent enough to join the Open Season crew?  Like you, we thought "no." But, as it turns out, Lonn Johnston from Page One PR is all class and just as full of vitriol as the rest of us.
Discussion: The Open Road
Ryan Block / Engadget:
RIP, CompUSA: 1984 - 2008 … MOST COMMENTED ON (7 DAYS)  — Ask Engadget: Which are the best earbuds?  (196)  — Rumor: CompUSA going out of business in January (191)  — Michael Bay's format war conspiracy theory: it's a Microsoft fix (188)  — How would you change Rock Band?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar pogo  —  Ah, what to do with all those crappy, cut-rate gadgets flooding our inboxes like a tidal wave of cheap plastic and leaden circuit boards spawned from the hellish manufacturing facilities of nameless, faceless low-grade overseas manufacturers?
Discussion: Shiny Shiny, DVICE and The Raw Feed
 
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