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7:40 PM ET, December 5, 2007

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Thoughts on Beacon  —  About a month ago, we released a new feature called Beacon to try to help people share information with their friends about things they do on the web.  We've made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we've made even more with how we've handled them.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Zuckerberg's Mea Culpa, Not Enough  —  Update: Frankly, I am myself getting sick and tired of repeating myself about the all-important "information transmission from partner sites" aspect of Beacon.  That question remains unanswered in Zuckerberg's blog post, which upon second read is rather scant on actual privacy information.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Facebook Beacon: Privacy Disaster or PR Blip on the Road to World Domination?  Let's look at the data.  —  thanks to Jay Meattle at Compete for some data & a reality check.  —  note: i *still* think Facebook should have have stuck to their "Beacon is opt-out" guns, but they also should rollout …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Zuckerberg Apologizes, Allows Facebook Users to Evade Beacon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologies For Beacon
Discussion: InfoWorld and Valleywag
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Facebook caves: It will allow users to turn off Beacon
Discussion: The Social Web
Steve Kanefsky / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Google on the iPhone: Fast and Fluid  —  We all know that using the web on mobile phones can be a challenge sometimes.  Compared to our personal computers, the screens are smaller, it's more difficult to navigate and enter text, the network connections are slower, and the browsers lack many of the features we've become accustomed to.
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Google:
Google Announces launch of iPhone Application  —  Today, Google announced the release of a new iPhone application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between Google search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and more.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google apps get faster on iPhone
Discussion: Reuters
Oliver Starr / StarrTrek:
AN OPEN LETTER TO SAM SETHI  —  Please Note: This is an open letter to Sam Sethi, Founder and CEO of Blognation.  I have elected to write this letter after having been one of the principal Blognation authors since August of this year.  In all that time I have not received the pay promised …
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Mobile Jones / mobilejones:
Blognation: The Blogger's Prelude and Tale
Discussion: /Message
Nicole SImon / cruel to be kind:   My comment on Oliver's Post about Blognation.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate (RC)  —  Today we're making available the release candidate (RC) of Windows Vista SP1 via Microsoft Connect, and tomorrow subscribers to TechNet and MDSN will have access to those RC bits too.  In addition, the RC will be available to the public next week via Microsoft's Download Center.
IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8  —  Just as he was the first to talk about IE7, Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix 'n Mash event here on campus yesterday.  Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE team hallway.
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USA Today:
Cellphone could be boarding pass, too  —  Continental Airlines passengers in Houston will be able to board flights using just a cellphone or personal-digital assistant instead of a regular boarding pass in a three-month test program launched Tuesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA  —  New fold-style phone includes 1.3 megapixel camera, e-mail capability and a music player  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Designed for customers who want to have the latest features like e-mail capability with support …
James L. McQuivey / CNET News.com:
Why Apple can't do to video what it did to music  —  perspective From Hollywood to New York City, media executives have spent the last two years fretting that Steve Jobs could wreak havoc on the video distribution business the same way he upended the music industry.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Be Video Cop  —  For years, media and technology companies have been ensnarled in a battle over the rights to video posted online.  Now ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman.  —  Nielsen is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video is distributed and viewed …
David Recordon / OpenID:
OpenID 2.0...Final(ly)!  —  While its certainly been a long process in the making, we're now quite excited to announce OpenID Authentication 2.0 and OpenID Attribute Exchange 1.0 as final specifications ("OpenID 2.0″).  This morning was the closing day of the Internet Identity Workshop …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Read/WriteWeb
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Postal Rate Change to Wallop Netflix, Help BBI?  (NFLX)  —  Another reason for Netflix (NFLX) to hurry up and transition to a purely digital model: A potential postal rate change could cut the company's operating income per subscriber by two-thirds, say Citi analysts Mark Mahaney and Tony Wible.
 
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Surprise — Tesla electric roadster comes with ejection seat
Tris Hussey / blognation:
Facebook for Professionals-Not Just for Kids Anymore
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Bad Math Among eBook Enthusiasts
Discussion: TeleRead and rexblog.com
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
MPAA head: Content filtering is in ISPs' best interests
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Like Transformers except monitors that only turn into monitors …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Newlaunches.com
Reuters:
TomTom to Google business information
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT LIVE LABS RELEASES VOLTA WEB TOOLKIT
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Surprise, Surprise: Delicious Still Not Mainstream
Discussion: Basement.org
Verizon:
HD Video-on-Demand Now Playing on Verizon FiOS TV 1,000 HD VOD …
Eric Lin / Phone Scoop:
Sprint XOHM Will Soft Launch "In A Few Days"
BBC:
20% of French iPhones unlocked
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Youths who lost homes in wildfires given iPods