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4:45 AM ET, December 2, 2007

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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.
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 …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook Beacon is Unfixable  —  Earlier this week I wrote a blog post which pointed out that the two major privacy and user experience problems with Facebook Beacon where that it (i) linked a user's Facebook account with an account on another site without the users permission and (ii) …
Discussion: CA Security Advisor … and Digg
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Industry Note: More Evil Than Evil
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and HipMojo.com
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Facebook's Beacon more intrusive than earlier thought, CA says
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 …
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: The Open Road and Digg
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
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
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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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
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 and PMP Today
Jon Udell:
Is software too soft?  —  The other night I was remotely assisting my mom, because she couldn't find the search box in her Safari browser.  Turns out that she'd somehow removed it, along with the address box, from the browser's chrome.  Not being a regular Safari user it took me a minute …
Discussion: bytes|genes
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 and TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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