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5:20 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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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
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
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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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Why the Sidekick Slide is dying  —  I've had one issue with my Slide shutting down and now we know what the problem is with the random power cycling.  I'm glad Motorola has found the problem and is working to resolve it, but I think my days with the Sidekick are coming to an end.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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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
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
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wii Light Sword brings out the Skywalker in you  —  We knew it was just a matter of time before something like this happened, particularly with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed headed to the Wii next Spring, but it's good to see a lightsaber attachment come early.
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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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
Patrick Goldstein / Los Angeles Times:
Come on, writers, script your futures
Discussion: Techdirt and Reel Pop
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Asus' Eee PC 4G Surf now available to order
Discussion: DailyTech and Gizmodo
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
GPS Letter Logger promises to keep tabs on mail
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How to Integrate PPC and Display Advertising
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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 Earlier Items: 
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Hollywood Launches Legal Digital Copying of DVD Movies
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Forrester videos on social technologies from Consumer Forum 2007
Discussion: Web Strategy and Changing Way
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Ladybug robot cleans restrooms
David Berkowitz / Search Insider:
What Facebook Learned from Search
Unstrung:
RIM's Touching New BlackBerry Plans