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4:05 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.
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 and Digg
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2
Discussion: Mozilla and CyberNet
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.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Developing apps for Google Android: it's a mixed bag
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.
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.
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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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.
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Charles / Channel 9:   IE 8: On the Path to Web Standards Compliance - ACID 2 Test Pass Complete
Microsoft:
Viacom and Microsoft Announce Long-Term Digital Content and Advertising Partnership  —  Companies sign landmark multiyear 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.
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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 …
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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Intel to delay Yorkfield chips because of AMD's struggles?
Discussion: Electronista
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Adobe Ships ‘Highly Critical’ Flash Player Patch  —  The update addresses at least nine high-risk vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Mac and Linux machines.  —  Adobe Systems has shipped an extremely critical patch to correct at least nine cross-platform vulnerabilities in its ubiquitous Flash Player software.
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Adobe:   Flash Player update available to address security vulnerabilities
Associated Press:
Ticketmaster Signs Resale Deal With NHL  —  Ticketmaster Signs Deal to Provide Resale Outlet for National Hockey League  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Ticketmaster, a unit of Internet conglomerate IAC/Interactive Corp., said Wednesday it signed a multi-year deal to provide a resale outlet for the National Hockey League.
Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Facebook Puts a Face on Defendants in Hacker Suit  —  Facebook has named names in a federal lawsuit alleging that hackers illegally intruded on its networks in an effort to steal personal information on the social networking site's users.  The effort is not nearly enough to address …
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
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.
 
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Sean Poulter / Daily Mail:
The Turbo Toaster that can deliver breakfast in less than a minute
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Who Are My Gmail Contacts?  —  Google has an awkward way of dealing …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Dellbuntu 7.10: Dell updates its pre-loaded Linux PC offerings
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The Ultimate Fate of Supplemental Results
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
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Is Apple in danger of becoming Microsoft?
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The People Inside Google's Black Box
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
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John Leyden / The Register:
Open Office standards row heats up
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