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6:15 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.
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?
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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.
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 …
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.
Fred / A VC:
YouTube Is A Global Media Property  —  My friend Steve Kane left an interesting comment on yesterday's post about analog dollars and digital pennies.  In it he noted the following: … That caused me to go back to comscore get the exact numbers.  YouTube's monthly worldwide audience …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
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.
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 …
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