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1:20 AM ET, December 1, 2008


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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Aims to Extend Its Reach Across the Web  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Facebook, the Internet's largest social network, wants to let you take your friends with you as you travel the Web.  But having been burned by privacy concerns in the last year, it plans to keep close tabs on those outings.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Biggest Battle Yet For Social Networks: You, Your Identity And Your Data On The Open Web  —  Today's the day that Facebook makes their big press push for their Facebook Connect service, which was first announced last May.  The NY Times has a story giving a broad overview of Connect …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Black Friday Web sales jump  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Online sales jumped on Black Friday as consumers searched for electronics such as the Wii video game console and Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, according to eBay Inc and Inc.  — and eBay had both forecast a weaker holiday …
Black Friday Sees $534 Million in E-Commerce Spending, Up 1 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  Upcoming ‘Cyber Monday’ Represents Strong Historical Bellwether for Total Holiday Season E-Commerce Spending  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking …
Discussion: PC World, TechFlash and MediaMemo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Black Friday bestsellers  —  In a holiday shopping season that got off to a better start than expected, Apple (AAPL) products sold particularly well — although not as well as last year, judging from sales at Amazon, America's largest online retailer.
Discussion: Alley Insider and The Apple Core
Claire Cain Miller / Bits: A One-Stop Shop for Social Networkers  —, a Web start-up from Brazil with some prominent backers, aims to become the portal through which people access their online social lives.  It's up against no less than the world's biggest Internet companies.
Discussion: TechCrunch, and Mashable!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
‘Cashback’ glitches nix big HP promo  —  HP and Microsoft generated lots of positive buzz last week with their Black Friday promise of 40 percent refunds on everything in the computer giant's online store.  The promotion translated into huge discounts on HP desktops, notebooks and other products.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why the Wii Could Win the World (but Probably Won't)  —  Last month I had the chance to chat with a top U.S. Nintendo exec and suggest how, with a few savvy improvements to the Wii system, the company could turn it into the living room Net appliance of choice.
Jason / BMW Blog:
BMW Using Microsoft Surface for Product Navigator  —  BMW has hosted a video on how they are implementing Microsoft Surface for product configuration.  BMW is the first car manufacturer worldwide to use this product commercially.  By interacting with this multi-touch surface that runs …
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
U.S. auto industry's health affecting Silicon Valley chip makers  —  The financial crisis hammering Detroit's auto industry is sending shock waves to Silicon Valley, where a number of companies make the computer chips that have become increasingly vital components in cars and other vehicles.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Only the Rich Can Afford It.  Should Taxpayers Back It?  —  THE Tesla Roadster is an electric car that goes fast, looks sensational and excites envy.  The seductive appearance, however, obscures some inconvenient truths: its all-electric technology remains woefully immature and don't-even-ask expensive.
Glenn Kelman / TechCrunch:
The First-Time CEO's Recession Survival Guide  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is written by Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin, an online real estate broker.  His industry went into recession a year ago, so he's had a little more time than most startup CEOs to think about how to deal with the current downturn.
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