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8:00 AM ET, November 30, 2007

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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Updates Beacon  —  Facebook has just announced that they will be updating their Beacon system.  Stories will no longer be published "without a user proactively consenting."  According to Facebook here is how the Beacon changes work:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Official: Facebook Flips On Beacon  —  Reports surfaced yesterday, and now we have the official word from Facebook.  Users will now have to opt-in to share purchases via Beacon: … It seems like a win for users, although I'm sure the ramifications of this announcement will be dissected and considered in the hours and days to come.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
To Save Its Bacon, Facebook Weakens Beacon  —  Three weeks is a long time on the Internet.  It was on November 6, I raised the question: Is Facebook Beacon a privacy nightmare?  Three days later, my next post, Facebook's Cruel Intentions elicited some response from the Palo Alto …
Discussion: MarketingShift and Labnotes
New York Times:
Facebook Retreats on Online Tracking  —  Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program.  —  Within the last 10 days …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook Beacon update: No activities published without users proactively consenting  —  Updated: On November 6, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly launched the new services (Techmeme) that he expected to redefine the advertising business.  —  "People influence people.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook Executive Discusses Beacon Brouhaha
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and GigaOM
Steve Goldberg / Official Google Reader Blog:
Attack of the interns: recommendations and drag-and-drop  —  One of the great things about Reader, and feed readers in general, is that they let you follow sites much more efficiently than you could just by visiting them directly.  This means that once you get into the flow of it …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets Recommendations, Drag-and-Drop
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:   Google Reader's New Recommendations Exciting, but Insufficient
Oliver Rist / PC Magazine:
Leopard is the New Vista, and It's Pissing Me Off  —  Before Apple makes any more smug OS-related attacks on Microsoft, it ought to take a good look in the mirror.  —  I'm not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can't take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it) …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, The Open Road and Digg
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Nabs $60 Million Investment from Li Ka-shing  —  While a lot of people were beginning to doubt Facebook's ability to raise more money after getting a lofty $15 billion valuation following a $240 million investment from Microsoft last month, it seems the stakes are not too high …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google To Announce Bid For Spectrum, As Expected  —  So it is finalized: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) will announce on Friday that it will apply to bid for wireless spectrum in a January Federal Communications Commission auction reports the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter" …
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Eric / Blogger in Draft:
New feature: OpenID commenting  —  Blogger in Draft now lets you enable OpenID-based commenting, in your blogs' Settings |  Comments tab:  —  (OpenID comments work in both the Anyone and Registered Users modes)  —  This means that users of OpenID-enabled services — such as LiveJournal and WordPress …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Comcast Getting 100Mbps Cable Modems Next Year, Fiber Scared?  [Godzilla Bandwidth]  —  Comcast confirms we'll see the rollout of DOCSIS 3.—the next-gen data over cable standard allowing bandwidth of 160Mbps down and 120Mbps up—starting next year, with 20 percent of its footprint expected …
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Betsy Schiffman / Wired News:
Spammers Giving Up?  Google Thinks So  —  Bill Gates was wildly optimistic when he said in 2004 that the problem of spam would be "solved" by 2006.  The volume of junk e-mail transmitted worldwide is still enormous.  But a remarkable trend is underfoot, according to Brad Taylor …
Nebojsa Novakovic / Inquirer:
Asus launches low-end Nova PC  —  Hack put in his place  —  ASUSTEK IS A BIG company now focused on its brand promotion.  Besides things like Republic Of Gamers (ROG) high-end mainboards and the infamous eeePC, there is now a line of compact cute yet comparatively slow desktops imaginatively called Nova.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 tops Nintendo Wii in Japan for first time  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.OS) Wii game console in Japan in November for the first time, raising the prospect that Sony might regain its dominance in the global videogame market.
Discussion: WinBeta
 
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comScore:
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Colin Barker / CNET News.com:
No slowdown in HP's software expansion quest
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Wants Magazine Site To Remove Lawsuit Documents
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Insider charged with hacking California canal system
Discussion: The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon: A Small Move by Facebook, with Big Implications
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Testing "Neighbors" Organizing Tool For Local
Discussion: Screenwerk and Mashable!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing mini-disc adapter for slot-loading drives
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