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5:30 AM ET, November 22, 2007

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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Close encounter with Facebook Beacon  —  I put a lot of trust in sites like Facebook to do the right thing when it comes to privacy.  After all, the only stuff that gets out into the public is the stuff that I actually put in.  —  Until now.  —  Earlier this week, I bought a coffee table on Overstock.com.
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civ.moveon.org:
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP:  —  When you buy a book or movie online—or make a political contribution—do you want that information automatically shared with the world on Facebook?  —  Most people would call that a huge invasion of privacy.  But this week, Facebook began doing just that.
Discussion: BetaNews, Digital Daily and WebProNews
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Is Facebook Really Ruining Christmas?  —  Political action and consumer advocacy organization MoveOn this week launched a public campaign against Facebook's new Project Beacon advertising system (our coverage).  MoveOn characterizes the ad system as "a huge invasion of privacy" …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kindle sells out in 5.5 hours  —  Amazon isn't disclosing how many Kindles it actually had ready to go, but apparently the idea of a tiny e-book reader with free EV-DO and the visual flair of an Apple IIc hit home for quite a few people, because they sold out in just five and a half hours.
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David Pogue / New York Times:
An E-Book Reader That Just May Catch On  —  You've got to have a lot of nerve to introduce an electronic book reader in 2007.  —  Sure, the idea has appeal: an e-reader lets you carry hundreds of books, search or jump to any spot in the text and bump up the type size when your eyes get tired.
Discussion: TeleRead
Danny Bradbury / Guardian:
Can Amazon's Kindle e-book wean us off paper?  —  Amazon hopes its ebook reader will do for books what the iPod did for music.  Danny Bradbury assesses this novel new device  —  Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, shows off the new Kindle ebook reader in New York
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Stealing Googlers At An Alarming Rate  —  Facebook and Google have been competing with each over more than just social networking.  Facebook is growing from 300ish employees today to 700 next year.  And the best place to get good engineers and others is Google …
Discussion: The Open Road and WebMetricsGuru
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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Guitar Hero is playing our song
Discussion: Billboard.Biz
Computerworld:
One year later: Did Vista's focus on security pay off?  —  Consumers don't seem to care so much  —  Microsoft's emphasis on improvements to security features in Windows Vista may have undermined business adoption of the OS, as many business and enterprise customers are still holding off …
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
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
YouTube, MySpace and California's D.M.V.  —  As YouTube videos go, Kyle's driving test has nothing on Gizmo, the toilet-flushing cat.  —  But the California Department of Motor Vehicles remains convinced that its 55 videos running on the Web site will make roads a better place to travel …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
PickyPirate: Metacritic Meets BitTorrent  —  This is exactly the gap PickyPirate is trying to fill.  PickyPirate fetches the most popular movies, games and music albums from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, two well known review aggregators, and lists them on the frontpage.
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Where in the world is Ray Ozzie?  —  Ray Ozzie is Microsoft's chief software architect-that's Bill Gates' old job.  He is charged with building a bidirectional bridge between Microsoft's lucrative rich-client past and its cloud-computing future.  —  Ozzie, who joined Microsoft in March of 2005, is keeping a low profile lately.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple on track to sell 25 million iPods this quarter  —  After analyzing October sales data from market research firm NPD, investment bank Piper Jaffray said Wednesday it expects Apple will sell a record 25 million iPods during the three-month period ending December.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted and Macsimum News
Reuters:
Google U.S. Web search share jumps to 58.5 percent  —  Google enjoyed one of its biggest monthly gains in U.S. Web search market share in October, building on consistent gains over the past two years, according to industry data out on Wednesday.  —  Market research firm ComScore …
Discussion: WebProNews
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Bizarre politics of the Google-DoubleClick deal
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Stephen Shankland / Crave:
Canon updates EOS 40D firmware
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BBC:
T-Mobile to open up iPhone sales
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Renee Boucher Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
TomorrowNow Shuts Down Customer Support Program
Discussion: Webware.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
GPS Letter Logger promises to keep tabs on mail
Discussion: Gizmodo
Search Engine Watch:
How to Integrate PPC and Display Advertising
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Why the Sidekick Slide is dying
Discussion: Engadget
Darius Chang / Crave: The gadget blog:
Gigabyte's second-generation UMPC
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
MacBook, MacBook Pro owners suffer keyboard freezing with Leopard
Staska / Unwired View:
NOKIA IS THINKING ABOUT IT'S OWN SIDEKICK
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Memory test - Firefox 2.0.0.9 vs Firefox 3.0 b 1
Discussion: Computerworld, Digg and Slashdot
Lester Haines / The Register:
Wii grasses up cheating wife
Discussion: broadstuff and Ubergizmo