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3:10 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My New Facebook Strategy and the FB Power Level  —  I had heard there was a 5k friend limit on Facebook.  I just didn't take it to heart.  Until I reached 5k and tried to add 5001., at which point FB reminded of the limit.  —  It was a weird moment ,but actually one that I have come to respect and appreciate.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Friend Lists let you manage your “friends” more effectively  —  This morning Facebook launched a new “Friend Lists” feature that will make the problem of organizing your hundreds of Facebook friends a little easier.  —  Facebook wants their “social graph” (your friend list) …
PR Newswire:
Viacom and Microsoft Announce Long-Term Digital Content and Advertising Partnership  —  Companies sign landmark multi-year deal to collaborate on content distribution, advertising, event promotions and gaming  —  Microsoft's Atlas to become exclusive ad serving platform for Viacom U.S. web sites
Discussion: Search Engine Land and NewTeeVee
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft, Viacom ink $500 million ad deal
Discussion: WinBeta
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom, Microsoft In $500 Million Ad, Promo Deal
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 2 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for download.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta 2 available for download
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2
Discussion: Mozilla and CyberNet
Google Talkabout:
Merry Christmas, God Jul and  —  OK, I cheated.  I don't really speak Chinese.  But I know a bot that does, and we're releasing it today together with number of other translation bots.  For those not familiar with bots, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
Bill Ray / The Register:
700MHz attracts Paul Allen  —  Chunk of spectrum latest must-have accessory for the super-rich?  —  The FCC has revealed the list of bidders interested in owning a little 700MHz, a spectrum due for release in January next year with the switch off of analogue TV.
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Sara Rimer / New York Times:
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Glitches Bug Google's Android Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. claims its Android mobile-phone software will usher in a new era of wireless communications.  But for developers like Adam MacBeth, Android has so far brought headaches and frustration.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Intuit Puts Quicken on iPhone  —  The personal finance software will be offered as a service for $3 monthly.  —  Recommend this story?  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Intuit Inc is looking to boost Quicken personal finance software sales by offering it as a service for $3 a month that can run on Apple Inc's iPhone.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
At $3 per month, iPhone Quicken the tip of the SaaS iceberg
Discussion: Mobilewhack
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Half Of Mac Users Pay To Download Music  —  In the third quarter of 2007 half of all Mac users had paid to download music tracks from sites like iTunes, but just 16 percent of PC owners had done so, according to NPD's quarterly Digital Music Monitor.  —  While Mac users were more likely …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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Chris Remo / Shacknews:
Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Debuts on Shacknews  —  Following yesterday's screenshot release, Shacknews is pleased to premiere the first new Duke Nukem Forever teaser trailer in over six years.  According to George Broussard of developer 3D Realms, the approximately minute-long video …
Lane Hartwell:
My statement regarding the new version of the Richter Scales video  —  As the Richter Scales stated in their blog, the video that used my image - without my permission - was viewed just under one million times on YouTube.  In the end, the band opted not to work with me toward a fair resolution of the issue.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to delay launch of three 45nm quad-core CPUs on poor AMD performance  —  Intel has recently adjusted its product strategy and will postpone three 45nm quad-core CPUs that were originally scheduled to launch in January next year, according to sources at motherboard makers.
eWEEK.com:
eWEEK Labs: The Most Important Products of 2007  —  Each year, thousands of IT products are released, and each claims to offer enterprises something bigger, better or, our favorite, unique. eWeek Labs' tests often show that these claims are overblown; just the same old technology dressed up in new buzzwords.
Discussion: Macsimum News and The Mac Observer
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Dellbuntu 7.10: Dell updates its pre-loaded Linux PC offerings  —  If you go shopping for a new computer the day after Microsoft or Apple announces an updated version of their operating systems, good luck finding a model with the older operating system.  But while Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Worm Hits Google's Orkut  —  The intruder appears relatively harmless—and now halted—but raises security concerns.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Google's Orkut social networking site appeared to have been hit by a relatively harmless worm, but one that demonstrated the continuing vulnerability of Web applications.
Electronista:
Creative resurrects video phone with InPerson  —  Creative plans to revive the concept of a dedicated video phone with a device to be released soon, according to an FCC filing published yesterday and recently discovered by Engadget.  The portable InPerson embeds a 7-inch LCD and rotating VGA camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
 
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Yonatan Zunger / Official Google Webmaster …:
The Ultimate Fate of Supplemental Results
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Eric J. Sinrod / ZDNet:
Can social networking co-exist with the workplace?
Richard Bullwinkle / CNET News.com:
An Apple fanboy's lament
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
VantagePoint Venture Partners kills 3Guppies, a $20M investment
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple in danger of becoming Microsoft?
Discussion: WinBeta
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John Leyden / The Register:
Open Office standards row heats up
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Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music
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