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5:30 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) …
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.
MSDN Blogs:
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.
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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Who Are My Gmail Contacts?  —  Google has an awkward way of dealing …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Scobleizer
David Chartier / Ars Technica:   New Google Talk bots bring real-time translation to IM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Official 700MHz bidder list a mix of new, familiar names  —  The Federal Communications Commission last night released the official list of prospective bidders in the upcoming 700MHz spectrum auction.  We've already speculated on who might bid, and now we know for sure.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
FCC Releases 700-MHz Auction Bidder List
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
Ryan Naraine /   Adobe Ships ‘Highly Critical’ Flash Player Patch
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.
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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Moves Their Video Blogging System Public - Make Yourself Internet Famous  —  Have you ever wanted to cry into the camera about Britney or yell about teen Jamie Lynn's baby announcement?  Have you considered dropping a mentos into a coke?  What about talking about maps?
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
WorkLight secures Facebook for enterprises  —  Social networks are growing like weeds.  This creates a difficult weeding problem for enterprises, who fear adverse impact from employees spending time and sharing company info in Facebook groups, which aren't protected by corporate firewalls.
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.
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