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10:20 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.
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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Web's Big Question: Federate or Aggregate?
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.76, other versions left dead in their tracks  —  What's that?  You somehow got a hold of the 4.7.0.75 OS for the BlackBerry Storm?  Well, in this heavily-connected world we call BG Land, you're already rockin' something old.  We're running 4.7.0.76 on our Storm …
Stuart Cohen / Business Week:
Open Source: The Model Is Broken  —  The open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors  —  For anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the software industry lately, I have some bad news.
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.
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?”
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Trutap decimates headcount, keeps skeleton staff, looks for sale  —  Trutap, a leading UK mobile startup, is to let go almost 80% of its staff after failing to hit its window for a second round of funding.  The blow comes only a month after the launch of its latest software application …
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.
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 TechARP.com, which has been rather good at playing the Microsoft release guessing game …
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and InfoWorld
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Reviews A Year in Search  —  Through Billions of Searches in 2008, People Sought to Make Sense of  —  the World Around Them, Witnessing a Year of Passionate Politics, Olympic  —  Records, New Celebrities on the Rise and Market Meltdowns  —  Today Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) …
Discussion: Profy
Richard Bennett / The Register:
Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers  —  The next internet meltdown  —  Gamers, VoIP and video conference users beware.  The leading BitTorrent software authors have declared war on you - and any users wanting to wring high performance out of their networks.
 
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Head Pushes Free Web Plan
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Nikon's D3X DSLR hits the scene in official fashion
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