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5:40 PM ET, November 21, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's "Beacon" Infuriate Users, MoveOn  —  Facebook's "social ads" so far appear to be a flop.  Not only was the "once in a hundred years" announcement largely a yawn, the complaints of Facebook users and MoveOn about the primal annoying-ness of "Beacon" are right on the money.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fantasy Of The Day: The Kindle Will Save Papers  —  Did you know that in addition to its odd pay-per-blog scheme, Amazon's Kindle also offers readers a chance to pay to read online newspapers?  We haven't spent time talking about it, because it's so clearly a non-starter.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and MobHappy
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
In Defense of the Kindle  —  A lot of people are writing off …
Discussion: Valleywag and Lost Remote
Reuters:
T-Mobile says to sell iPhone without contract  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone (VOD.L) obtained a court injunction against it.
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Ivar Simensen / MSNBC:
D Telekom to sell iPhone without contract
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Germany Sells $1,478 Unlocked iPhone to Avoid Legal …
Discussion: I4U News
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Songs included in Guitar Hero 3 see a dramatic leap in digital sales  —  Playing music on plastic guitars is big business.  Guitar Hero 3 has become quite the runaway hit at retail, and with Rock Band now released, we have two big-name rhythm games on the market.
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Daniel Terdiman / Crave: The gadget blog:
'Halo' theme song coming to 'Guitar Hero III'
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Rock the Halo theme free for Guitar Hero III tomorrow
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy and Digg
Arn / MacRumors:
'Don't Give Up on Vista' Web Ad  —  Several readers have noted a new web-only advertisement from Apple that has appeared on a number of sites, including News.com, Engadget.com, and PCMag.com.  —  The Apple advertisement features "Mac" and "PC" as played by Justin Long and John Hodgman in a web ad composed of two separate components.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Apple Gets Creative With Mac Ads
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Feedster Quietly Dies... So Which Blog Search Engine Do You Use?  —  Blog search engine Feedster has had the following notice on its frontpage for at least a few weeks now:  —  There is no sign of life on the site and the Feedster blog has already been killed off (the big 404 in the sky).
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newspaper Ads Tank Again, Industry Shrinking Fast  —  Newspaper ads got crushed again in Q3: Down 7.4% year over year.  Online revenue is growing, but isn't offsetting the declines in print revenue.  Alan Mutter, the dean of newspaper analysis, says the quarterly decline doesn't even begin …
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Lester Haines / The Register:
Wii grasses up cheating wife  —  US soldier discovers incriminating 'Mii'  —  A US soldier discovered his missus had been playing away at home after spotting a suspicious "Mii" on his Nintendo Wii, the Evening Standard reports.  —  The man, known only as Tony, returned from a year in Iraq …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and broadstuff
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Making Social Connections and Selling Cookies  —  FOR decades, Nabisco has sold cookies called Social Tea and crackers called Sociables.  Now a competitor, Pepperidge Farm, is going all social, too, by entering the increasingly popular field known as social media with a Web site devoted to social networking.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Memory test - Firefox 2.0.0.9 vs Firefox 3.0 b 1  —  Does Firefox 3.0 beta 1 do a better job of handling memory than earlier versions?  In a test put Firefox 3.0 beta up against Firefox 2.0.0.9 in a series of tests. … OK, with that out of the way, on with the tests.  I simulated three different browsing scenarios:
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Search Engine Watch:
How to Integrate PPC and Display Advertising  —  Large brands can benefit from adjusting their online advertising spending on a cyclical basis between display advertising — designed to build impressions and awareness — and PPC (define) campaigns that focus on conversion and ROI (define).
Discussion: Ramblings About SEO
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
GPS Letter Logger promises to keep tabs on mail  —  It looks like the United States Postal Service is considering all its options for how it handles mail in the future, with it even go so far as to commission a GPS tracking system from TrackingTheWorld Inc. Among other things …
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Black Friday plans revealed  —  We just got the scoop on basically AT&T's biggest sale of the year, and we have to say, it's not too shabby!  How does, I don't know, 50% off phones sound?  It's not every phone, just select phones, and the wonderful prices are after mail-in-rebates and 2-year agreements.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook, MacBook Pro owners suffer keyboard freezing with Leopard  —  Some users of Apple's Intel-based portables are reporting that their keyboards are periodically seizing up during use, especially after upgrading to Mac OS X Leopard.  —  Numerous posts in Apple's support forums for the MacBook …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and Digg
Dimitris Meretakis / Official Google Base Blog:
A new bulk upload dashboard  —  Be it products, housing, jobs or vehicles, we want to make it easy for you to upload and manage your content in Base.  A number of useful features are underway, starting with today's release of a new dashboard for bulk uploads.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WebProNews
 
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Where in the world is Ray Ozzie?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Visualizing Social Software Best Practices: Three Approaches
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Eva Loayza / New Jersey Online:
City council OKs Wi-Fi contract
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Hands-on with Optimus Maximus (at last!)
Discussion: Tech Blog and Digg
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Asus' Eee PC 4G Surf now available to order
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Why the Sidekick Slide is dying
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Darius Chang / Crave: The gadget blog:
Gigabyte's second-generation UMPC
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Mithund / Veni, Vidi, Velcro:
RTM of Microsoft Math Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007
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Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Hollywood Launches Legal Digital Copying of DVD Movies
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Staska / Unwired View:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Presidential Candidates Asked If They've Stopped Beating Their Wives …
Microsoft Help and Support:
An update for Windows Home Server lets you obtain a trusted …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Forrester videos on social technologies from Consumer Forum 2007
Discussion: Web Strategy and Changing Way
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wii Light Sword brings out the Skywalker in you
David Berkowitz / Search Insider:
What Facebook Learned from Search
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