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9:25 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: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Web's Big Question: Federate or Aggregate?  —  Inventor and tech-philosopher Dave Winer Twittered tonight that federation is the hot thing, pointing to a New York Times article about Facebook Connect.  And just like that he touched upon the third rail of our increasingly social web.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Connect Readies for Broader Distribution with Digg and Hulu
Discussion: Paying Attention
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post Nabs $25 Million in Funding-Here's a BoomTown Interview with Oak Investment's Fred Harman  —  The Huffington Post will announce this morning that it has raised $25 million, in a single investment from Oak Investment Partners.  —  The large round by Oak, which was led by Palo Alto …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Nokia's touchiest week  —  We've arrived in Barcelona, Spain for Nokia World, a week where Nokia talks to its top customers.  —  When we got here a Nokia executive met me and bragged that the Internet has no clue what they will announce this week.  I asked “what about the touch screen cell phone that I've seen rumors about?”
New York Times:
CNN Pitches a Cheaper Wire Service to Newspapers  —  CNN, in the afterglow of an election season of record ratings for cable news, is elbowing in on a new line of business: catering to financially strained newspapers looking for an alternative to The Associated Press.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm OS, other versions left dead in their tracks  —  What's that?  You somehow got a hold of the OS for the BlackBerry Storm?  Well, in this heavily-connected world we call BG Land, you're already rockin' something old.  We're running on our Storm …
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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Vista SP2 to land in April 2009-ish?  —  RTM date leaked on interwebs  —  Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) looks set to hit manufacturers in April next year.  —  According to Malaysian website, which has been rather good at playing the Microsoft release guessing game …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and InfoWorld
Widgets Are Made for Marketing, So Why Aren't More Advertisers Using Them?  —  Wanna get away from the Old Model?  Look no further than widgets, the mini software applications downloadable to browsers, desktops, social-networking pages, home pages and mobile phones.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nikon's D3X DSLR hits the scene in official fashion  —  After a quick outting in its own mag, Nikon has gone and gotten all officially official on the D3X.  The big boy DSLR sports a bone-crushing 24.5-megapixel CMOS FX format sensor, full resolution shooting at 5 FPS, ISO from 100-1600 …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The Inbox, Part Two: Facebook Has An Ambient Awareness Problem  —  I do this too much - post something short, as a note to myself and all of you that there is way more to say, then end with “I'll say more in the next post.”  Then I get busy and forget about that “next post” thing, and start posting on other stuff.
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