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10:35 AM ET, December 1, 2007

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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.
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  —  Another security study making the rounds today in which someone who purports to know a lot about analyzing security — whose blog tagline, in fact, cautions that "we should try not to simplify [security] to the point of uselessness" …
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:   Microsoft Report on IE Security Draws Mozilla Rebuttal
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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Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than earlier thought, CA says  —  It goes much further than imagined in tracking people's off-site Web activities  —  A CA security researcher is sounding the alarm that Facebook's controversial Beacon online ad system goes much further than anyone has imagined …
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!
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
GameSpot editor (?) on fired reviewer [Jeff Gerstmann]  —  We never know for sure if the commentards are who they claim to be.  But one prodigious poster with the new account "gamespot" is telling what reads like a credible insider story — it's written in editor-speak …
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
GameSpot editor fired, possibly for panning Kane & Lynch
Discussion: Valleywag, Game | Life and Blue's News
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.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Exclusive: Hackers say they can pick pockets of characters in Second Life virtual world  —  As if we don't have enough worries in the real world, now we have to worry about virtual world pickpockets.  The Mercury News has learned that security researchers have found a flaw in Second Life virtual world …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Social Media Aggregator Flux Releases New Platform Aimed Expanding Services Beyond MTVN  —  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 …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flux Launches Self Service Product; Full On Ning Competitor
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
IndieGames / Xbox Team:
December 2007 Video Playback FAQ  —  ** Represents a new feature or change in functionality from the Spring 07 release.  —  **1. What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for AVI?  —  Xbox 360 supports the following for AVI: … 2. What exactly does the Xbox 360 support for H.264?
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.
 
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Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
IPhone delays to impact NAND in '08
Nate Lanxon / Crave at CNET UK:
Creative Zen to come in new 32GB and 2GB capacities
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Banks Near A Plan to Freeze Subprime Rates
Evan Schuman / eWEEK.com:
Two Rulings Help TJX Reduce Liability in Data Breach Case
Discussion: Storefrontbacktalk
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Malware Targets E-Banking Security Technology
Briansolis / bub.blicio.us:
Valleywag's Megan McCarthy Gets Wired
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 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
The Troubles With OpenID 2.0  —  Portland, Oregon's JanRain …
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
AOL to Suspend Paid Downloads, Replace with Amazon Unbox
InfoWorld:
Google working to make Street View anonymous
Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google About to Kill Expired Domain Sales
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
BBC:
Arrests made in botnet crackdown
Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa, then and now  —  It was more than half a century ago …