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12:40 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Controls To Its 350 Million Users, Kills Regional Networks  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just written an open letter to Facebook users regarding a privacy overhaul that is due to hit the site in the next few weeks.  Soon, users will be able to selectively choose …
Discussion: PC World, NBC Bay Area and Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's “Project Rushmore” Begins With Massive Facebook Connect Deployment Across Internet Giant  —  A few weeks ago, several sources at Yahoo begin telling BoomTown about a mysterious “Project Rushmore,” which was described as a massive integration of major social networking sites across the giant Internet portal.
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Lucas Mast / Yodel Anecdotal:
Update once to share with many on Yahoo! and Facebook  —  We have good news to share with everyone who uses Yahoo! and Facebook - in the first half of 2010 we will open the door between two of the Internet's largest online communities.  You will be able to see your Facebook friends' activities on Yahoo! …
DigiTimes:
Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2H10  —  Acer plans to launch a Google Chrome operating system-based netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010, according to industry sources.  —  Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence …
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Google and paid content  —  As newspapers consider charging for access to their online content, some publishers have asked: Should we put up pay walls or keep our articles in Google News and Google Search?  In fact, they can do both - the two aren't mutually exclusive.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Googlebot-News User Agent To Allow Blocking Google News
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Fair Syndication Consortium: Google Responsible For Over Half …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Full Integration With Google Docs  —  Zoho is undoubtedly the lesser known name and an underdog in the productivity suite race with Google and Microsoft.  But the startup has a compelling strategy: Zoho continuously launches integrations …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Web giants oppose copyright plans  —  Some of the biggest names on the web have written to Peter Mandelson to express “grave concerns” about elements of the Digital Economy Bill.  —  Four firms including Facebook and Google object to clause 17 of the bill, which could give government the power to amend copyright law in the future.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Gets A Hefty $30 Million From Accel For Local Offers Service  —  Chicago based Groupon, which was formerly known as ThePoint, has raised a hefty Series B financing - $30 million - from new investor Accel Partners and existing investor New Enterprise Associates.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would ‘Shock’, ‘Confuse’ Consumers  —  Want to know how much phone companies and internet service providers charge to funnel your private communications or records to U.S. law enforcement and spy agencies?  —  That's the question muckraker …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T And Verizon Stop Suing Each Other Over ‘Map’ Commercials  —  AT&T and Verizon have agreed to drop lawsuits against each other over Verizon's “There's A Map For That” commercials.  —  AT&T filed suit last month over allegedly “misleading” Verizon ads supposedly causing AT&T to suffer “irreparable harm.”
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
Videos on TV With a Flip of a Channel  —  Remember when families used to gather around the television to watch home videos?  The process sounds old fashioned now that we spend so much time watching videos on our computer screens.  The company that introduced the popular Flip hand-held video cameras …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.3.2 Released for Pixi, Pre Standing By  —  note: webOS 1.3.2 is not Christmas-themed, that'd be an add-on  —  We're not sure what to make of this yet, but andidendel in our forums just let us know that webOS 1.3.2 is getting pushed out to the Pixi right now.
Discussion: IntoMobile, EverythingPre and SlashGear
Alex Petcherski / The Official Google Blog:
Show me the pictures: better format for image results  —  I love when I get images back in my Google search results.  There's no better way to quickly understand the difference between an ocelot and a clouded leopard.  But sometimes I want to see more images to really make sure I've identified the right jungle cat.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia's 2010 Goals: Fix the Symbian UI, release Maemo 6, and make more money  —  Today Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is holding their Capital Markets Day event in Espoo, Finland.  It's similar to the Nokia World event that took place in September, but instead of an having an audience of press …
Startup diaries:
Don't be evil, Craigslist  —  Yesterday (Nov 30th 2009), at approximately 2pm PST, Craigslist effectively killed all Yahoo Pipes projects that use Craigslist as a data source.  For those unfamiliar with Yahoo Pipes, it's a nifty tool that allows you to take data from anywhere on the net …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MOG Launches All Access, Sets New Standard For Online Music  —  MOG's much anticipated All Access music service launches today for anyone to come and give it a try.  I've been using the service for the last few weeks and, despite my initial skepticism over the fact that users must pay for the service, I've been impressed.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Psystar stops selling Mac clones with Apple's OS  —  Agrees to pay Apple $2.7M if appeal doesn't work out, but will stay in business by selling knock-offs and do-it-yourself clone software  —  Computerworld - Mac clone maker Psystar has agreed to pay Apple nearly $2.7 million …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Dell Mini 3iX shown off in Brazil, works on tan, leaves Android Market in the dust?  —  Hey, Dell: looking for the absolute quickest way to screw up your first entry into the dog-eat-dog smartphone industry?  Well, removing the Market app from your Android load is a solid way to start.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
E-Readers May Hold More Surprises  —  Books are having their iPod moment this holiday season.  But buyer beware: It could also turn out to be an eight-track moment.  —  While e-reading devices were once considered a hobby for early adopters, Justin Timberlake is now pitching one on prime …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Skype for SIP Beta now open to all Businesses  —  Ten thousand businesses asked for Skype for SIP when it launched in March.  Eight months later the SFS Beta is now open to all users with business Skype names.  Anyone with a business control panel, a corporate Skype name subject …
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
Sony Pictures Bringing Online Video to Boxee  —  Boxee, the media center with a social twist, will be launching its public beta on December 7 — which is great news for those of us who have been using the service since the very early alpha days on our Apple TVs or Macs.
Discussion: Boxee Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Manufacturers redirecting R&D on declining GPS device orders?  —  If you enjoy the decimation of an industry as much as Google does then you're going to love the latest rumor sourced from DigiTimes' manufacturing moles.  According to the Taiwanese rumor rag, personal navigation device R&D teams …
Piyush Prahladka / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Region Tags in Google Search Results  —  Country-code top-level domains (or ccTLDs) can provide people with a quick and valuable clue about the location of a website—for example, “.fr” for France or “.co.jp” for Japan.  However, for certain top level domains like .com, .info and .org, it's not as easy to figure out the location.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Patent Reveals Data Center Innovations  —  A diagram of an “air wand” indicating the location of cooling vents in the wand, a key feature of a patent application by Google data center engineers.  —  Google has revealed some of the secret technology inside its mighty data centers …
Thanks:atul
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Digg Bets Big On A New API  —  The social media company aims to make developing for its platform easier.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Digg.com, the Internet fire hose of interesting stories on the Web, is about to up the pressure.  —  On Wednesday, the San Francisco-based content-sharing site …
Howard Lindzon:
Stocktwits Raises $3 million in Funding...A Win for Discovery and Filtering  —  We are happy to announce that StockTwits has closed a 3 million Series B financing round led by Foundry Group and returning investor True Ventures.  —  Since launching a year ago, we have been moving very quickly …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
‘Complicated’ Verizon iPhone deal said to be unlikely in 2010  —  Though Apple striking a deal with the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., Verizon, would be ideal, competitors T-Mobile and Sprint are more likely to carry the iPhone in 2010, one analyst believes.
 
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