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1:25 AM ET, December 6, 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.
Discussion: Joe Duck, BetaNews and Darren Herman
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Saves Face, Apologies For Beacon
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Beacon Saga Comes to an End: Facebook Adds Global Opt-Out, Apologizes
Discussion: Laughing Squid
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  —  Just got the transcript of our hour with Bill Gates, so I wanted to get it up for you as soon as I could.  Bill started out with a little preamble about the future of computing, and then it was on to the questions.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE team shares ... a version number
Discussion: Windows Connected
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 …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
More on Microsoft's effort to put XP on XO  —  Microsoft is serious about getting Windows XP to work on One Laptop Per Child's low-cost laptop, but the company still isn't sure it will be able to make a go of it.  —  In an interview, James Utzschneider, the general manager …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and TechSpot News
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Microsoft: XP coming soon to OLPC
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.
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: CenterNetworks and O'Reilly Radar
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   OpenID 2.0 Finally Launched
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: Channel 10 and 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.
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.
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.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Inside the Blackwave of Online Video
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / CNN:
iPhones sell like crepes suzette in France
InfoWorld:
Update: Silicon Valley wireless group seeks new builder
GameSpot:
Spot On: GameSpot on Gerstmann
TiVo:
TiVo Boosts Its Robust Broadband Offering With the Addition …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Surprise — Tesla electric roadster comes with ejection seat
Tris Hussey / blognation:
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Share ideas to the maximum
Reuters:
TomTom to Google business information
James L. McQuivey / CNET News.com:
Why Apple can't do to video what it did to music
Discussion: ParisLemon and Lost Remote
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
MICROSOFT LIVE LABS RELEASES VOLTA WEB TOOLKIT
Verizon:
HD Video-on-Demand Now Playing on Verizon FiOS TV 1,000 HD VOD …
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AN OPEN LETTER TO SAM SETHI
Nokia:
Classically designed and fully featured Nokia 6263 now available at T-Mobile USA