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9:05 AM ET, December 6, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messages: Small Change, Big Impact.  —  Dear Facebook: Thank You.  Thank You.  Thank You.  —  In August Facebook opened up their messaging system to allow people to add normal email addresses.  I wrote a post praising the change, but I specifically asked for more:
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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.
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.
BBC:   Facebook founder apology over ads
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Faceberg: We're sorry. Really. Okay, not really.
USA Today:
AT&T flings cellphone network wide open  —  NEW YORK — Starting immediately, AT&T (T) customers can ditch their AT&T phones and use any wireless phone, device and software application from any maker — think smartphones, e-mail and music downloading.  And they don't have to sign a contract.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
AT&T claims completely open network, too — "the most open," even!  —  Who'd have thought the end of 2007 would see US cellphone carrier heavyweights duking it out with PR one-upsmanship to be... open?  Seriously, someone pinch us, it's as amazing as it is farcical.
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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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
LiveSide asks Bill Gates a question (how cool is that?)  - Read the full transcript
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE team shares ... a version number
Discussion: Windows Connected
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Field Test PC For Developing Countries  —  Microsoft Corp. said that it will field test an inexpensive laptop PC for developing nations being championed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Nicholas Negroponte.  —  Microsoft's plans mark a step closer …
Discussion: Engadget and TECH.BLORGE.com
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Jamesu / Inside UP:
OLPC in the News (Part 2)  —  Well, I will be flying out to Cambridge next week for my first meeting with some of the people at the OLPC, and I have to say I am looking forward to it.  Some of my UPG co-workers from Microsoft have been meeting with the OLPC team for about a year now …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on Expanding Support for Low Cost Flash Based Computing Devices
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Microsoft: XP coming soon to OLPC
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview is live  —  We broke the news the beginning of this year that Yahoo! was busy preparing a complete rebuild of Messenger made exclusively for Windows Vista users.  The ground up rebuild has taken quite a long time (11 months), but it's finally here.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista: Preview Release Available!  —  It's here!  It's really here!  We're thrilled to bring you the preview version of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista, the first Yahoo! Messenger built from the ground up for the Windows Vista operating system.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites  —  The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings—or face fines of up to $300,000.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
Apple 2.0  —  Mac news from outside the reality distortion field  —  iPhones sell like crepes suzette in France  —  The British and the Germans queued up dutifully for their Apple (AAPL) iPhones, but when the devices finally arrived in Paris last week, the French went nuts.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Major copyright bill boosts penalties, creates new agency  —  In the aftermath of the $222,000 jury verdict that the Recording Industry Association of America recently won against a Minnesota woman who shared 24 songs on Kazaa, the U.S. Congress is preparing to amend copyright law.
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Rafael Ruffolo / Computerworld:
Professor uses Youtube, Facebook in copyright fight
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Twitter is Banned in the United Arab Emirates
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Shedding light on China's underground cybercrime economy
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Hype and Backlash for Second Life Miss the Bigger Picture
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Official Google Mac Blog:
Welcome to the Playground!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside the Blackwave of Online Video
InfoWorld:
Update: Silicon Valley wireless group seeks new builder
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