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8:00 AM ET, December 1, 2007

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IEBlog:
The First Year of IE7  —  It's been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year.  —  According to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation …
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Brian Prince / eWEEK.com:
Mozilla Swats Firefox Bug With a Patch  —  Mozilla has issued a fix for a bug found in an update issued earlier this week.  —  Officials at Mozilla said they have released an update to fix a flaw in the recently released 2.0.0.10 version of their Firefox browser.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
IE vs Firefox: Microsoft crunches security numbers  —  Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, is at it again, comparing three years of vulnerability data for the two main Web browsers — Internet Explorer and Firefox — to reach a conclusion that IE …
shaver:   counting still easy, critical thinking still surprisingly hard
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:   Microsoft Report on IE Security Draws Mozilla Rebuttal
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft buys Toutonghi's Seattle startup  —  Microsoft's apparently still enthusiastic about the work of Mike Toutonghi, a former distinguished engineer who initiated the Media Center version of Windows before leaving for startup world.  —  With support from some early Microsoft executives …
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
WebFives/Vizrea aquired by Microsoft so download your content in the next 30 days  —  I set up a Vizrea account back in 2006 when they launched their service that was going to make it easy to get photos and video off of my camera-enabled phone and onto my PC so I could share it easily with others.
Stefan Berteau / CA Security Advisor Research Blog:
Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in.  —  As follow-up to Ben's look at Facebook's Beacon system, I began investigating the extent of its privacy implications.  What I found is extremely disconcerting.
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Louise Story / Bits:
Coke Is Holding Off on Sipping Facebook's Beacon  —  At Facebook's Nov. 6 extravaganza to introduce its new social advertising features, I asked the first question after the speech of Mark Zuckerberg, the company's 23-year-old chief executive.  I asked why he thought lots of users …
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than earlier thought, CA says
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook: What Would Google Do?  —  From its spare white layout …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Threat Level
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vimeo Founder Fired, Does A Bong Hit  —  Jakob Lodwick, the co-founder of IAC owned video site Vimeo, left the company today.  The reason?  Apparently Lodwick didn't see eye to eye with the IAC brass on creative issues, and specifically had a run in with IAC chief Barry Diller three weeks ago.
Discussion: Valleywag and 901am
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Jakob Lodwick:
Act II will follow a brief intermission  —  As of an hour ago, I am no longer affiliated with IAC/InterActiveCorp/Connected Ventures/Vimeo.  No hard feelings!  —  Goodbye to everyone at CV; you are wonderful and I will miss you.  —  And now, I will turn off my cell phone for the evening and catch up with everyone later!
Drew McLellan / 24 ways:
Transparent PNGs in Internet Explorer 6  —  Newer breeds of browser such as Firefox and Safari have offered support for PNG images with full alpha channel transparency for a few years.  With the use of hacks, support has been available in Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6, but the hacks are non-ideal and have been tricky to use.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Social Media Aggregator Flux Releases New Platform Aimed At Expanding Services Beyond MTVN  —  Social media aggregator Flux.com is releasing two products today designed to let web publishers move their content seamlessly among community sites like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and more.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Briansolis / bub.blicio.us:
Valleywag's Megan McCarthy Gets Wired  —  I'm a big fan of Megan McCarthy, not just because we're good friends, but because I admire her tenacity and her writing.  This is a person who gets what she wants - by earning it.  —  Megan is leaving Valleywag in two weeks to start a new writing gig over at Wired.
Discussion: Valleywag
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameSpot editor fired, possibly for panning Kane & Lynch  —  When a big game comes out, GameSpot runs advertisements for it in a big way.  It's not uncommon to see every ad slot on the site taken up by a single title.  During the Madden launch, it wouldn't have been surprising …
Discussion: Kotaku, Valleywag and Game | Life
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Comcast CEO sees 160Mbps internet in 2008  —  Remember that blisteringly fast channel bonding modem Comcast showed off earlier this year?  Turns out that the firm's CEO is apparently aiming to roll out internet services that can reach up to 160Mbps down / 120Mbps up sometime in 2008.  As in, next year.
Discussion: Connected Home 2 Go
DSLreports:
Is AT&T Angry With Apple?  - Or did AT&T CEO just screw up?  —  This week AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson let it slip that consumers could expect a new iPhone next year that offered HSDPA wireless broadband support.  That's not a particularly bright move for the CEO of a massive telecom empire …
InfoWorld:
Google working to make Street View anonymous  —  In the face of ethical concerns, Google is considering changes to its Street View Google Maps feature that would protect the privacy of those it photographs.  —  When Street View is rolled out in Europe, Google will alter Street View photos …
Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa, then and now  —  It was more than half a century ago, on Christmas Eve in 1955, that a Sears Roebuck & Co. store in Colorado Springs advertised a special hotline number for kids to call Santa.  What the company didn't know at the time was that they had inadvertently misprinted the telephone number.
Discussion: Google LatLong
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Brian Heater / AppScout:
Google Helping NORAD Track Santa
Discussion: Mashable!
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Amazon 1 Billion MP3 Giveaway Offer; Under Pressure, Labels Warm To DRM-free Format  —  If others can do a million, we can do a billion: Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is giving away 1 billion free MP3 songs, as part of a Pepsi promotion that's set to kick off Feb. 3 during the Super Bowl, Billboard reports.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 Earlier Items: 
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Cybersquatting daisy-chain leads to Dell trademark infringement lawsuit
Discussion: Computerworld
BBC:
Google to bid on US airwaves
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Slumping Motorola Replaces Its Chief
BBC:
Arrests made in botnet crackdown
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
DivX support, classic Xbox games coming in Fall Dashboard Update
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye
Discussion: Epicenter and E-Commerce Times
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Uncovered: Evidence that Mac OS X could run Windows apps soon
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you