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7:55 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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Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Connect Readies for Broader Distribution with Digg and Hulu  —  If the initial development race of Web 2.0 centered around “building a better social network” then the next phase will certainly focus on extending the reach of existing social networks beyond their current domain.  How?
Discussion: Paying Attention
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.
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?”
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 …
Discussion: Alley Insider, CNET News and TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Black Friday bestsellers
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 …
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.
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.
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