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6:00 PM ET, December 1, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto  —  The "Beacon" fallout continues.  The New York Times' Louise Story essentially accuses Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of lying to her about Beacon's being "opt-in."  Coca-Cola got a similar impression from the company—and, having learned the truth, is holding off on using the program.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Friending, Ancient or Otherwise  —  THE growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Second Life has thrust many of us into a new world where we make "friends" with people we barely know, scrawl messages on each other's walls and project our identities using totem-like visual symbols.
Discussion: Putting people first
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Pogo Stylus Tickles Your iPhone With More Precision [IPhone]  —  Pogo Stylus Tickles Your iPhone With More Precision  —  If you have fingers as big as chorizos and want to click with more precision on the iPhone, here's the Pogo Stylus.  According to the manufacturer the Pogo Stylus …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search Engine Land Celebrates Its First Birthday!  —  Happy Birthday to us!  Today, Search Engine Land officially turns one year old.  Below, I wanted to share some thanks to all those who've helped make it such a successful year, and I'm going to save the in-depth "what have we achieved" …
Discussion: Small Business SEM
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.
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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 …
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Phoenixlinden / Official Linden Blog:   Second Life Viewer Susceptible to Quicktime Security Flaw
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Google Street Views Hides Your Face.  What Took So Long?  —  Finally, Google's thinking about making its Street Views map completely anonymous, to protect the privacy of people that show up in the photographs.  For its Europe Street Views version, Google will be modifying all photos to ensure …
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.
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?
Guardian:
Teenager arrested over '£9.7m computer hacking ring'  —  James Sturcke and agencies  —  A New Zealand teenager was today arrested on suspicion of stealing millions of pounds from bank accounts around the world and of being the ringleader of a hacking network which infiltrated more than 1.3m computers.
Discussion: DailyTech
 
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Seeking 'veritas' in Facebook's latest legal battle