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6:15 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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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) …
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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.
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone  —  As a team, we've spent the last year heads down working hard on IE8.  Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers.  IE8 now renders the “Acid2 Face” correctly in IE8 standards mode.
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Charles / Channel 9:   IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance - ACID 2 Test Pass Complete
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Who Are My Gmail Contacts?  —  Google has an awkward way of dealing …
Discussion: ParisLemon
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
New Google Talk bots bring real-time translation to IM
Discussion: CrunchGear
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Developing apps for Google Android: it's a mixed bag  —  The software development kit for Google's Linux-based Android mobile phone operating system has been out in the wild for a over a month now, plenty of time for developers to form opinions of the platform and assess the capabilities of the API.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
FCC Reveals 700MHz Wireless Auction Bidders  —  Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction.  Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate).
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Official 700MHz bidder list a mix of new, familiar names
Discussion: TechSpot News
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 …
Pew Internet:
Teens and Social Media: The use of social media gains a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media  —  Amanda Lenhart Mary Madden Alexandra Rankin Macgill Aaron Smith  —  Content creation by teenagers continues to grow …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Girls blog, boys post video - report
Discussion: PDA and Switched
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Strong second quarter; Outlook in line; BEA book closed  —  Oracle on Thursday reported fiscal second quarter net income of $1.3 billion, or 25 cents a share, on revenue of $5.3 billion, up 28 percent from a year ago.  Excluding charges, Oracle earned 31 cents a share to handily top Wall Street estimates.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and InfoWorld
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Oracle: It's A Blowout; FY Q1 Revs, EPS Beat Street
Direct2Dell:
Linux Update: Ubuntu 7.10 and Built-In DVD playback  —  Many people don't realize how young our consumer Linux client program is...we started in May this year.  I've been along for the ride every step of the way - from the time we heard loud and clear that there was a need not being met by any other major PC manufacturer at the time.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.2 to deliver sprawling list of fixes for Leopard  —  Mac OS X 10.5.2 Update, the next in a year-long series of planned updates to Apple's new Leopard operating system, promises to be one of the most hefty maintenance releases put out by the company for its operating system software in recent years.
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.
Adobe:
Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB07-20  —  CVE number: CVE-2007-6242, CVE-2007- 4768, CVE-2007-5275, CVE-2007- 6243, CVE-2007- 6244, CVE-2007- 6245, CVE-2007-4324, CVE-2007- 6246, CVE-2007-5476
Discussion: Zero Day and JD on EP
Grant Gross / PC World:
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo settle gambling charges  —  Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have agreed to pay a total of US$31.5 million to resolve claims that they promoted illegal gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.  —  Recommend this story?
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Julie Webb / Digium®:
Digium's One Millionth Asterisk Download in 2007 Caps Record Year for Company  —  Open Source Telephony Leader Enters Next Phase of Business Growth with New Leadership Team, Products, Partnerships and Acquisitions  —  Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google & Human Quality Reviews: Old News Returns
Discussion: Bits, ReadWriteWeb and Valleywag
Dan Stober / news-service.stanford.edu:
Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WorkLight secures Facebook for enterprises
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
New York Times to Run Amateur News Videos
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  When Will Google's ‘Big Project’ YouTube Bring in Profits?
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Roo Group: Kaleil Tuzman Named Chairman And CEO; 21 Percent Of Staff Laid Off
Reuters:
Antivirus firm: Google text ad Trojan detected
Discussion: eWEEK.com, WebProNews and Technovia
Eric J. Sinrod / ZDNet:
Can social networking co-exist with the workplace?
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Richard Bullwinkle / CNET News.com:
An Apple fanboy's lament
Discussion: MacDailyNews and MacUser
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple in danger of becoming Microsoft?
Discussion: WinBeta
eWEEK.com:
eWEEK Labs: The Most Important Products of 2007
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Intuit Puts Quicken on iPhone
Business Wire:
The NPD Group: 50 Percent of Mac Users in the U.S. Paid to Purchase …
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Worm Hits Google's Orkut
Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music
Discussion: Techdirt, PSFK and Boing Boing
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Signs Online Ad, Content Deal With Viacom; Value …
 

 
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