Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Mark Zuckerberg cashes out [Scoop] — Venture capital's ancien régime has been overturned. We hear Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has cashed out — before an IPO, before a sale, and before his investors. In the company's recent financing round, insiders believe, he sold about $40 million worth of stock.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, broadstuff, mathewingram.com/work and ParisLemon
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Facebook's Zuckerberg Takes $40 Million Off Table
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: CASH OUT, NEW BROOM IN, MIAMI BECKONS?.....
CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores — The consumer electronics store will run store-closing sales during the holidays to get rid of inventory. — DALLAS (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer CompUSA said Friday it will close its stores after the holidays following sale of the company …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited: Slim pickings: CompUSA will close all its stores
Gary McWilliams / Wall Street Journal: CompUSA to Close All Stores
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband: CompUSA is closing for good. Good. — Out of Dallas comes word …
Robert Nelson / Gadgetell: CompUSA to close the doors for good
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: CompUSA Going Out of Business
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: CompUSA Goes Into The DeadPool. Good.
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us: CompUSA Closing Its Stores
Louise Story / Bits:
Facebook Members Sell Their Own Ads — More than 1,500 Facebook users have started placing advertisements on their own profile pages-despite the social networking site's rule against such ads. — They are posting them with the help of a Montreal-based company called Weblo …
Discussion: Insider Chatter, broadstuff, Open (finds, minds … and Leigh's Blitherings
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: FACEBOOK'S ROLE AS NEW MEDIA ADVERTISING LIGHTNING ROD
Antony Mayfield / Open (finds, minds, conversations): Facebook's dripping point: when will it begin to haemorrhage?
David / weblog.rubyonrails.org:
Rails 2.0: It's done! — Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making. This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish. We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
Discussion: Signal vs. Noise, Loud Thinking and Digg
Rails 2.0 — Rails 2.0 is finally finished after about a year in the making. This is a fantastic release that's absolutely stuffed with great new features, loads of fixes, and an incredible amount of polish. We've even taken a fair bit of cruft out to make the whole package more coherent and lean.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld: Ruby on Rails 2.0 released
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ruby on Rails 2.0 released for Web apps — San Francisco - Version 2.0 of Ruby on Rails, the popular open source Web application development framework, was released this morning, said the developer of the framework, David Heinemeier Hansson, on Friday. — Key to this release is its reliance on REST …
Darryl K. Taft / eWEEK.com: Iona and SOA — Q&A: Thanks to such technologies as its Fuse …
First Passport, now fraud: ex-MS employee charged — The former Microsoft employee associated with the company's notorious December 1999 Hotmail outage has been charged with fraud. — Carolyn Gudmundson was indicted Thursday on charges that she raked in more than $1 million during …
Discussion: usdoj.gov, Channel 9, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog, Slashdot and Microsoft News Tracker
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Pass The Bong, It's Another Whacky Zune Commercial — We first covered the rather different advertising campaign for Microsoft's iPod wannabe MP3 player the Zune in November. Enamored perhaps by the surrealism presented in the original campaign, Microsoft has sponsored a project called Zune-Arts …
Discussion: The Secret Diary …, Life On the Wicked Stage, istartedsomething and Wired News
Steve Ballmer / The Secret Diary of Steve Ballmer: Zune Arts Videos are Great (Have we finally cracked that cool thing?)
Warner Crocker / Life On the Wicked Stage: Wacky Bizarre Ineffective Zune Commercial
Jenna Wortham / Wired News: Microsoft Taps Indie Cool With Zune Arts Videos
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Verizon Sued Over GPL Code In Its FiOS Router — The Software Freedom Law Center is taking issue with the Actiontec MI424WR wireless router, which may include open license-infringing BusyBox software. — The Software Freedom Law Center on Friday filed suit against Verizon …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Engadget
Jose Vilches / TechSpot News: Verizon sued over GPL infringement
Nilay Patel / Engadget: Verizon sued over GPL code in FiOS routers
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software
Verizon hit with GPL copyright lawsuit over router software
Hackers Launch Major Attack on US Military Labs — Hackers have succeeded in breaking into the computer systems of two of the U.S.' most important science labs, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. — John E. Dunn, Techworld — Recommend this story?
Discussion: eWEEK.com, Business Technology and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Doug Isenberg / GigaLaw.com Daily News: Hackers Break Into Two U.S. Science Labs
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Novell, Red Hat and Gartner war with Facebook for PR flop award — Save the fear leader. Save the hurled — Radio Reg Is there a PR professional decent enough to join the Open Season crew? Like you, we thought "no." But, as it turns out, Lonn Johnston from Page One PR is all class and just as full of vitriol as the rest of us.
Discussion: The Open Road
Patrick J. Lyons / The Lede:
Has Facebook Worn Out Its Welcome? — The Associated Press is reporting that Syria has blocked its citizens' access to the popular Facebook social networking web site. No official reason has yet been given, but the A.P. report suggests that it may have to do with Damascus worrying that Israelis …
Discussion: Social Media, Web Community Forum and Gawker
JD Lasica / Social Media: Has Facebook worn out its welcome?
Jason Preston / Web Community Forum: In answer to the NYT question: Facebook has not worn out its welcome
Ryan Geddes / IGN:
Fix Coming For Wii's Guitar Hero III Mono Problem — Activision will offer free, remastered game disks in early 2008. — When Guitar Hero III was released for the Nintendo Wii on Oct. 28, would-be rockers got a bit of a shock when they plugged in. It turned out the game …
Discussion: DailyTech, Opposable Thumbs and Kotaku
Johnathan Neuls / Opposable Thumbs: Re-mastered Wii Guitar Hero III discs with stereo support early next year
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar pogo — Ah, what to do with all those crappy, cut-rate gadgets flooding our inboxes like a tidal wave of cheap plastic and leaden circuit boards spawned from the hellish manufacturing facilities of nameless, faceless low-grade overseas manufacturers?
Discussion: Shiny Shiny, DVICE and The Raw Feed
Zara Rabinowicz / Shiny Shiny: The Fly Bar brings the Pogo Stick into the 21st century
Adam Frucci / DVICE: Millennium Falcon joystick puts the force in your hands