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3:50 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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Nikon Press Center:
NIKON UNVEILS A DIGITAL MASTERPIECE: THE D3X DIGITAL SLR  —  With Extreme 24.5-Megapixel Resolution, Processed Image Files Exceeding 138 MB, Five Frame-per-Second Burst Speed and Nikon Core Technologies, the D3X Ushers in a New Level of Image Quality  —  Nikon Inc. today announced the D3X …
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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.
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