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4:45 AM ET, December 10, 2009

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Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  —  Five months after it first announced coming privacy changes this past summer, Facebook is finally rolling out a new set of revamped privacy settings for its 350 million users.  The social networking site has rightly …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public  —  Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines.  It's a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian.
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Asks More Than 350 Million Users Around the World To Personalize Their Privacy  —  Service Gives Users New Tools to Control Their Information  —  Setting a new standard in user control, Facebook announced today that it is calling on its more than 350 million users to review and update …
Ruchi Sanghvi / Facebook Blog:
New Tools to Control Your Experience  —  Today, we're launching new tools to give you even greater control over the information you share.  Mark Zuckerberg, our founder and CEO, talked about these changes in his post last week.  They include a simpler privacy settings page and a tool …
David Pogue / New York Times:
Not Yet the Season for a Nook  —  The holidays are no joyride.  Between the stress, the money and the relatives, no wonder so many people contract Seasonal Depression, Financial-Obligation Migraine and Family Drama Disorder.  —  And in the electronics business, Greed-Borne Insanity is contagious.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Nook E-Reader Has Potential, but Needs Work  —  Amazon's Kindle has been the king of the nascent, much-hyped, category of wireless e-readers since it came out in 2007.  Now, numerous companies are determined to challenge the Kindle with dedicated, mass-market gadgets for reading digital books and periodicals.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Buy a DVD on Amazon; Start Watching the Movie in Minutes  —  Amazon.com just launched a promotion dubbed Disc+ On Demand that may well be the start to the industry's first major multi-platform retail experience.  Customers who buy select movies on DVD or Blu-ray will be offered the chance …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T moves closer to usage-based fees for data  —  With some smartphone users turning into data hogs, AT&T eyes a ‘pricing scheme’  —  Computerworld - AT&T is moving even closer to charging special usage fees to heavy data users, including those with iPhones and other smartphones.
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to New York and San Francisco: We're Working on It
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Want a Job?  Analytics is the Thing, Says IBM  —  Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you.  Just one word.  —  Benjamin: Yes, sir.  —  Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?  —  Benjamin: Yes, I am.  —  Mr. McGuire: Plastics.  —  Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?
Discussion: www-03.ibm.com and PR Newswire
Schneier on Security:
My Reaction to Eric Schmidt  —  Schmidt said: … This, from 2006, is my response:
Devindra Hardawar / Royal Pingdom:
What the Google Web will look like in 10 years  —  With the release of Google Public DNS, it appears that Google is making good on their earlier call to action for making the Web faster.  In conjunction with that announcement several months ago, they launched the “Speed” …
Thanks:atul
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Near 72% Of All US Searches  —  Google is approaching a 72% market share of searches in the U.S. according to the latest release from Experian Hitwise.  The November 2009 stats show Google getting 71.57% of all U.S. searches, up almost a full percent from October.
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Unicom's IPhone Sales Hit 100,000  —  China Unicom has sold more than 100,000 iPhones since it launched the country's first official sales of the handset at the end of October, it said Thursday.  —  The figure is the first China Unicom has revealed since saying a few days after the launch that it had sold just 5,000 iPhones.
Discussion: iPhonAsia.com
Bloomberg:
EBay Lawyer Says Company Used Confidential Craigslist Data to Build Site  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — An EBay Inc. executive said the online-auction company used confidential Craigslist Inc. information to help start up a competing classified-advertising Web site.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Business Times:
Malaysia's MOL Global to buy Friendster  —  Malaysia's MOL Global will buy US social-networking service provider Friendster Inc. MOL Global Ltd expects to generate US$110 million in annual revenue from the takeover, chief executive officer Ganesh Kumar Bangah told reporters in Kuala Lumpur after the signing ceremony today.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Amazon's Kindle winning battle, but Adobe poised to win e-book war  —  More than 100 publishers, book retailers and libraries use Adobe Content Server 4  —  Computerworld - Barnes & Noble, Sony and other e-book vendors may be the manufacturing brawn in the ongoing e-reader war …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Backstage With Chad Hurley, Talking About His Ridiculously Cool Life  —  Forget the on stage interview at Le Web today - we ask the tough (not really) questions of YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley backstage afterwards.  —  What does one do when the company you've cofounded sells to Google for $1.65 billion?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
MacBooks for jocks  —  A Florida university is providing each of its student athlete with a MacBook Pro  —  USF Bulls with MacBooks.  Photo: Joseph Gamble  —  They get the glory.  They get the cheerleaders.  And now they get free MacBooks.  —  In what it claims is a first …
CircleID:
IDC on Why Mobile Devices Accessing Internet Will Pass 1 Billion by 2013  —  There were more than 450 million mobile Internet users worldwide in 2009, a number that is expected to more than double by the end of 2013.  Driven by the popularity and affordability of mobile phones, smartphones …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MSN Strikes Another Local Deal: This Time With NBCU and Hearst  —  MSN has struck yet another local deal, this time with NBC Universal and Hearst, to provide local news and information to the Microsoft consumer portal.  —  The deal encompasses 36 markets in the U.S. and will provide 3,000 …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
AOL Quietly Returns to Life on Its Own  —  The long, chaotic and star-crossed relationship between AOL and Time Warner finally ended in divorce.  —  AOL began trading as its own public company Wednesday, after its long planned spin-off from Time Warner was finally made official.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why Apple succeeds, and always will  —  Simply put: Apple doesn't play by the rules.  It reinvents them.  Apple applies what I call “David Thinking” to its broader business, product development and marketing.  Apple is David to Microsoft Goliath — and other ones, too.  Goliath plays by one set of rules.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Jeff Bennett / Digits:
Ford's Unbuilt Car Snags 1,000+ Pre-Orders Online  —  Ford Motor said Wednesday that it has collected more than 1,000 online pre-orders for its new subcompact, thanks to a recently launched car-reservation site. … The auto maker hasn't started production of the car, the 2011 Ford Fiesta …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Tablet rumors: February production start, 10-inch LCD screen  —  Checks within Apple's supply chain have led to a new round of tablet-related rumors from one analyst, who believes the device will launch in March or April of 2010 with a 10.1-inch LCD screen.  —  Yair Reiner, analyst with Oppenheimer …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
wikiHow vs. eHow: Is The Wiki Way Better Than Content Farms?  —  Jack Herrick knows a bit about Demand Media, one of the top 20 web properties in the U.S. and the subject of several ReadWriteWeb articles about sites that are pumping thousands of pieces of content into the Web every day.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft: Do not mention/use Apple products at our events  —  Probably still reeling from all publicity around these shots, Microsoft reportedly told journalists gathered for a company press event in Germany not to use or mention Apple products.  Our German is a bit rusty and Google is even worse …
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM updates for those  —  A few moments ago we've released an update to the Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM applications on Xbox LIVE for all Xbox LIVE countries except for the US.  With this update, as promised, if you have a child account and you get parental approval …
Discussion: VG247, Joystiq and Kotaku
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
First Mobile Firefox enters home stretch  —  Mozilla is wrapping up work on its first version of Firefox for mobile phones, an important step in bringing the second most popular PC browser to an area where a rival project holds more influence.  —  “Our goal is to have a release candidate next week …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer Talks Google Search, Chrome, Online News And More At Le Web  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington this afternoon interviewed Marrissa Mayer, Google's VP of Search Product and User Experience, at the Le Web conference here in Paris, France.  —  Last year, Arrington interviewed Mayer …
 
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
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