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1:55 PM ET, November 20, 2007

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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 1 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 1 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 1 is now available for download.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Mozilla's Firefox 3 beta: Improved but imperfect  —  A few months later than had been planned, Mozilla released on Monday night the first beta version of an overhauled Firefox, the widely used open-source Web browser.  —  Firefox 3 beta 1 includes a number of significant features that Mozilla …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Firefox 3 Beta 1: The Memory Use Says It All  —  I've been a long time Firefox fanboy.  I was one of the 10,000 people who contributed, and had their name featured in the NY Times back in 2004.  I've long preached to anyone who would listen that Firefox is a better alternative to Internet Explorer …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Beta 1 Release Notes  —  Firefox 3 Beta 1 is a developer preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  These beta releases are targeted to Web developers and our testing community to gain feedback before advancing …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 1  —  I noticed that the Beta 1 for Firefox 3.0 was made available sometime yesterday.  I've been curious as to whether the Firefox dev team would do a serious revamp for this release or just concentrate on bug fixes and performance improvements.
Discussion: Gear Diary and Slashdot
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Firefox 3 Beta Hits the Web - Faster, But Still a Memory Hog  —  Last night, Mozilla released the first public beta version of Firefox 3.  You can grab version 3.01b from the beta download site.  According to Mozilla, the new release has fixed over 11,000 bugs as well as made the move to the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine.
Discussion: Lifehacker
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Firefox 3 Beta Offers Secure, Easy Web Browsing
Discussion: Today @ PC World
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   First look at Firefox 3.0b1: fast, stable, and full of new features
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Senators Hatch & Kohl About Google-DoubleClick  —  Today, US senators Herb Kohl and Orrin Hatch published a letter (PDF) urging the US Federal Trade Commission to carefully consider the proposed Google-DoubleClick deal.  Sure, who doesn't agree with a careful review?
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Nick / Rough Type:
Against free  —  "Pay me for my content," says Jaron Lanier in a noble, if quixotic, op-ed in today's New York Times.  Remembering his days as an "internet idealist" who wrote a pro-piracy manifesto, Lanier writes, "I was wrong.  We were all wrong."  He continues:
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Jaron Lanier / New York Times:
Pay Me for My Content  —  INTERNET idealists like me have long had an easy answer for creative types — like the striking screenwriters in Hollywood — who feel threatened by the unremunerative nature of our new Eden: stop whining and figure out how to join the party!
Discussion: deal architect
BBC:
25m child benefit records lost  —  Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.  —  The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25m people.
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John Oates / The Register:
Darling admits Revenue loss of 25m personal records
Discussion: IT Project Failures
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Status Update: Facebook Is Letting Users Drop the "Is"  —  Facebook has caved into popular demand and will make the "is" in status updates optional, effective tonight, according to allfacebook.com.  —  The much despised "is" has been a mandatory component of the status update …
Discussion: Mashable!
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Yahoo, Sony BMG Partner Over Video-On-Demand  —  Destination Handycam seemed like a marketing ploy as much as the result an important partnership, but the site, which was worked on by both Sony and Yahoo, may have led to the current development: a deal relating to music and video content.
Discussion: CNET News.com and E-Commerce Times
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Associated Press:
Sony BMG, Yahoo ink online video deal
Inside CRM:
The 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments of All Time  —  Catastrophic collapses and classic crashes in the high-tech business world.  —  Some things were just never meant to be, but that doesn't mean that investors won't pile millions of dollars upon a bad idea — or even a good idea gone bad.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo's Got Game  —  If you're looking for a killer app on the Internet and are unwilling to get into pornography, gaming is your best bet.  So when Meebo opened their platform last month to third party developers, it was clearly only a matter of time before they let game startups in.  That time has come.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Reading Device Doesn't Need Computer  —  Jeff Bezos knows that the world is not exactly clamoring for another way to read electronic books.  —  "If you go back in time, the landscape is littered with the bodies of dead e-book readers," Mr. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com, said yesterday.
 
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
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USA Today:
Parents often bungle gaming gifts
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Johna Till Johnson / Nemertes Research:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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A phone that knows when it's upside-down
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
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Fortune:
Comcast CEO: Investors are wrong about us
Discussion: DSLreports
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Wi-Fi Signals Might Cause Childhood Autism (or Not) [Ruh Roh]
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Launches
Oculon:
Hikari Rro920, the World's tiniest projector!
Mediaweek:
Online Video Ad Model Mimics TV Sales Approach
Verizon:
Verizon Continues to Dramatically Raise Broadband Upload Speeds …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Jonathan Mulholland:
What Google has planned for Jaiku?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
1GB write-once SanDisk memory cards to cost $5.99?
Discussion: Gear Diary and Gadgetell
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Vodafone blocks iPhone in Germany