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9:40 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  —  It's a numbers' game, for sure, but you shouldn't be cooking the numbers to win.  Call me naive, call me idealistic, but that's my philosophy.  —  A recent post on Tech Crunch talks about how "two top Hollywood movie studios …
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.
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
The fine line between advertising and recommendations  —  Facebook Beacon has the 'Net riled up over what many see as an invasion of their privacy.  A Wall Street Journal article gives a good description of how the opt-out process works: … The problem seems to be that like everything else on Facebook …
Timbl / Decentralized Information Group …:
Giant Global Graph  —  Well, it has been a long time since the last blog.  So many topics, so little time.  Some talks, a couple of Design Issues articles, but no blog.  To dissipate the worry of expectation of quality, I resolve to lower the bar.  More about what I had for breakfast.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft's Hotmail founder goes for the (wrong) Office jugular with Live Documents  —  Sabeer Bhatia, one of the co-founders of Hotmail (bought by Microsoft for $400 million ten years ago), is on a mission to lobotomize Microsoft's $20 billion Office business.  He has an uphill climb.
Alice Miles / Times of London:
The Word is out: Microsoft will face online fight on core software
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Amazon Kindle sells out on debut  —  Amazon boss Jeff Bezos unveiled the Kindle device  —  Amazon's Kindle e-book reader has sold out despite scepticism about whether the device will prove popular.  —  A notice on the Kindle pages on the Amazon web store said "heavy customer demand" …
Discussion: p2pnet
Mike Madison /
Romantics Sue Over Guitar Hero  —  The 80s pop band The Romantics are suing the producers of the fabulously successful video game Guitar Hero.  (Billboard story here.)  The game includes a lawfully produced cover of The Romantics' one and only smash hit, What I Like About You.
Discussion:, p2pnet and Billboard
Robert Andrews /
Blyk Claims Up To 43 Percent Click-Through On First Mobile Ads  —  Six weeks after launching, Blyk - the mobile virtual network giving free calls and texts in return for receiving ads - has given us some numbers indicating its progress.  — Response: Sales director Jonathan MacDonald told …
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Business Wire:
One Laptop per Child Extends Give One Get One Program Through December 31
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Six things to be thankful for in technology, 2007
Discussion: Digg
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: XP contains random number generator bug
Discussion: blognation and Slashdot