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3:15 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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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 …
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
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:   Microsoft Report on IE Security Draws Mozilla Rebuttal
shaver:   counting still easy, critical thinking still surprisingly hard
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!
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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
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Bid in FCC Spectrum Auction  —  Google Inc. announced Friday that it will apply to bid for wireless spectrum in a January Federal Communications Commission auction.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., Internet company had previously said it would probably bid for spectrum …
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Official Google Blog:
Who's going to win the spectrum auction? Consumers.
BBC:   Google to bid on US airwaves
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ironic, Yes, But Zuckerberg's Privacy Violated  —  [UPDATED with more information.]  —  So exactly why did Facebook unleash such a massive legal fury on 02138 magazine yesterday over documents the publication posted online?  —  Because, said sources, those documents-including an application …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Facebook: What Would Google Do?  —  From its spare white layout …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Epicenter
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 specs revealed, our early Christmas present to you  —  Let's start this off this by stating there's more to this device than what will be listed.  This is just what's known at this point, although these details have yet to be confirmed as final specifications.
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 …
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Stefan Berteau / CA Security Advisor Research Blog:   Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy …
Billboard.Biz:
A Tipping Point For MP3s  —  The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universal Music Group's lead in distributing music in the MP3 format.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Amazon 1 Billion MP3 Giveaway Offer; Under Pressure, Labels Warm To DRM-free Format
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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 …
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
Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google About to Kill Expired Domain Sales  —  Today is Google day on Marketing Pilgrim.  I had to throw in this story.  First Google is testing a way for people to customize their search results.  Marketers shutter (but you know it's coming).  Now, based on a thread on Webmastersworld Google …
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.
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Carrie Farrell / Official Google Blog:
Tracking Santa, then and now  —  It was more than half a century ago …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
So long Motorola CEO Ed Zander, we hardly knew ye
Discussion: Epicenter and E-Commerce Times
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Make Some Software Better, Get Arrested For Copyright Infringement
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Uncovered: Evidence that Mac OS X could run Windows apps soon
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Why Early Stage Venture Investments Fail