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11:35 AM ET, November 23, 2007


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Dan Ackerman Greenberg / TechCrunch:
The Secret Strategies Behind Many "Viral" Videos  —  This guest post was written by Dan Ackerman Greenberg, co-founder of viral video marketing company The Comotion Group and lead TA for the Stanford Facebook Class.  Dan will graduate from the Stanford Management Science & Engineering Masters program in June.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /   YouTube: Promotional vs. Commercial Distribution Platform
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Facebook Really Censoring Search When It Suits Them?  —  Earlier this month I wrote a blog post showing that a search for presidential candidate "Ron Paul" in Facebook Groups yields zero results.  Facebook blamed the problem on a bug (unofficially, via comments by employees to that post), which was later corrected.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
O2 has Wigan-sized iPhone problem  —  Exclusive Everyone wants a Wii or an Eee this Christmas.  They're the hottest technology items in town, but there's none to be found for love nor money.  If you want an iPhone, however, supplies remain plentiful.  —  Reliable channel sources tell us …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The BIG iPod touch review  —  A few weeks ago I got my hands on two 16GB iPod touch devices.  Having spent a lot of hands on time with these devices it's time for a comprehensive review.  —  The iPod touch was for me the first Apple device to come out when I eagerly awaited the release day.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Japanese Researchers Recycle Old Cell Phone Parts into PCs [Recycled Parts]  —  Japanese Researchers Recycle Old Cell Phone Parts into PCs  —  Recycled cell phone parts are being used alongside circuit boards to make pocket-sized PCs.  A team of engineers at Hokuto System is behind the idea …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
IAC To Spend $100 Million In China, China Coming As Well  —  IAC is planning on spending $100 million on new ventures in China and is also looking to launch a Chinese version of  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, IAC CEO Barry Diller said the new push into China …
Thursdayclub / Travels With My Overnight Bag:
Exercise for the Reader: Facebook Member Stats  —  [Update: before you get too far into these numbers, you might like to check out this updated post, which gives a more accurate breakdown of genders - the country totals remain the same]  —  Out of interest I went through the Facebook ad platform …
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Forgotten your password?  Google can find it for you.  Unfortunately  —  There's a certain amount of crowing associated with hacking the blog of a security team - which might be why a hacker, apparently Russian, broke into the blog of the Cambridge University security team at the Light Blue Touchpaper blog.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Frank Pasquale /
Real Online Competition: The Right to Exit  —  There has been a lot of news coverage of Google's "openness initiatives" over the past few weeks.  The "Open Handset Alliance" promises to break the carriers' appliancization of cell phones.  OpenSocial is designed to put its imprint …
Discussion: WebProNews
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Schools should teach data security  —  Here's an interesting fact: the junior official who burnt all that benefit data onto those two infamous CDs was born when the Data Protection Act came into force in Britain - 1984.  —  If the Tory government then in power had had its wits about it …
Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
Skype's Encryption May be Used as an Excuse for Trojan Viruses by German Police [Skype]  —  Skype's encryption codes are proving a problem for German police, who say that their officers are unable to monitor suspect conversations.  One of the country's top cops admitted yesterday …
Discussion: The Register
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Update On One Of Google's Paid Links Info Pages?  —  From the Google Webmaster Help Center (my emphasis):  —  "Buying links in order to improve a site's ranking is in violation of Google's webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact a site's ranking in search results."
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mark Cuban to ISPs: block all P2P traffic; Ars to Cuban: um, no  —  In an open letter to Internet service providers published earlier this week, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban calls for telecoms to put an end to peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing.  Cuban expresses concerns that P2P …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, Mashable!, TechWag and Digg
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Romantics Sue Over Guitar Hero
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Business Wire:
One Laptop per Child Extends Give One Get One Program Through December 31
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
The fine line between advertising and recommendations
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Six things to be thankful for in technology, 2007
Discussion: Digg

From Mediagazer:

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

Judd Legum / Popular Information:
A look at Sinclair's Rapid Response Team, which produces biased short articles; affiliates must include at least three RRT stories nightly

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Though the UK's ICO says it's “disappointed” with Google's not deprecating third-party cookies, the regulator has only weakly enforced data protection laws

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