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12:25 PM ET, December 2, 2007

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Andrew Miller / Your Search Advisor:
Google Apps Presentation in Ann Arbor  —  I had the privilege to attend a Google Apps presentation in Ann Arbor last night.  The event was hosted by Google in coordination with The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce at the Boardwalk Creative Center.  The presentation was basically an intro …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps  —  Google is usually fairly tight lipped about future product releases.  But they were surprisingly revealing about upcoming plans for Google Apps at an event in Ann Arbor earlier this week.  Blogger Andrew Miller took some great notes from a presentation …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Well-Deserved Court Loss For Facebook  —  It should come as no surprise, of course, given it was essentially a legal temper tantrum on the part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  But a judge in Massachusetts wisely denied an inane request by the Palo Alto, Ca.-based social networking startup …
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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.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
One Laptop Per Child orders surge  —  Peru wants 260,000 machines; Mexican billionaire signs up  —  Despite slower-than-expected sales and tough competition from commercial rivals, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge is enjoying a surge of new orders.
Discussion: Hightouch, The Open Road and Digg
New Scientist:
Organic transistor improves with age  —  Ageing may be as important to electronics as it is to good wine.  A plastic transistor doubles its performance if simply left to sit at room temperature for a week.  —  Cheap to mould, pentacene transistors are a promising candidate for organic electronics.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For the 2008 Race, Google Is a Crucial Constituency  —  LAST century, General Motors assembly plants were a regular stop on the itineraries of presidential candidates.  This election cycle, Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., has become a favorite destination.
bijansabet.com:
Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere  —  I have always been against the non-compete clause for employees.  —  Conventional wisdom says we need them to protect employers and companies.  But in California they are demmed illegal and against public policy.
Gary Cutlack / Tech Digest:
Mini MOB retro mobile for those who miss the pioneering early days of mobile telecommunication  —  Mobile phones are now officially old enough for ironic retro models to start appearing.  —  Like this thing - the Mini MOB.  Packing your usual basic phone features into a businessman's phone case from 1988 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget Mobile and Crave
Denise Caruso / New York Times:
Lots of Little Screens: TV Is Changing Shape  —  INEXPENSIVE broadband access has done far more for online video than enable the success of services like YouTube and iTunes.  By unchaining video watchers from their TV sets, it has opened the floodgates to a generation of TV producers for whom the Internet is their native medium.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Off On A Tangent
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BugLabs.net's really cool reconfigurable gadget in depth  —  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  —  If you like playing with electronics you'll WANT one of these.  —  Introducing BugLabs.net's BUG.  Here's BugLabs' founder/CEO Peter Semmelhack and marketing guy Jeremy Toeman showing off the devices ind epth.
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, Mobility Site and PMP Today
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Networks Study Released - MySpace & Facebook Are Different After All!  —  faberNovel Consulting has released a research paper on social networks.  The paper is an excellent theoretical overview of social networks and the trends in this important market.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
 
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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
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PC World:
Oregon Challenges RIAA's Tactics in Music Piracy Claim
Discussion: DSLreports and TECH.BLORGE.com
Verizon:
As Cool As It Is Sweet - Verizon Wireless Introduces Chocolate by LG in Blue Ice
Liam Tung / CNET News.com:
Police swoop in on New Zealand botmaster
Brokep / Copy me happy:
WIPO steals for their loved ones November 30
Discussion: p2pnet, TechnoLlama and Slyck
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Updating Bill Keller
Discussion: paidContent.org and Romenesko
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Google Street Views Hides Your Face. What Took So Long?
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
Phoenixlinden / Official Linden Blog:
Second Life Viewer Susceptible to Quicktime Security Flaw
IndieGames / Xbox Team:
December 2007 Video Playback FAQ