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1:50 PM ET, December 19, 2007

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Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My New Facebook Strategy and the FB Power Level  —  I had heard there was a 5k friend limit on Facebook.  I just didn't take it to heart.  Until I reached 5k and tried to add 5001., at which point FB reminded of the limit.  —  It was a weird moment ,but actually one that I have come to respect and appreciate.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Friend Lists let you manage your “friends” more effectively  —  This morning Facebook launched a new “Friend Lists” feature that will make the problem of organizing your hundreds of Facebook friends a little easier.  —  Facebook wants their “social graph” (your friend list) …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Killer Feature Arrives
Discussion: ParisLemon
Google Talkabout:
Merry Christmas, God Jul and  —  OK, I cheated.  I don't really speak Chinese.  But I know a bot that does, and we're releasing it today together with number of other translation bots.  For those not familiar with bots, a (ro)bot is a piece of software that acts as a chat contact and provides some fun or useful functionality.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Talk Gets One Step Closer To The Ultimate Babel Fish
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Talk Translation Bots
Discussion: CyberNet and Lifehacker
Lane Hartwell:
My statement regarding the new version of the Richter Scales video  —  As the Richter Scales stated in their blog, the video that used my image - without my permission - was viewed just under one million times on YouTube.  In the end, the band opted not to work with me toward a fair resolution of the issue.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Here Comes (Another) Another Bubble!  —  The take-down of the popular Web 2.0 music video, “Here Comes Another Bubble,” didn't last too long.  The Richter Scales, a San Francisco singing group that did the piece, have posted a new one-Version 1.1-that it hopes is copyright safe.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Signs Online Ad, Content Deal With Viacom; Value Of Agreement Pegged At $500 Million  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has signed a five-year deal with Viacom (NYSE: VIA) covering on ad serving, content distribution, event promotions and games.  The agreement marks the software company's latest effort …
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PR Newswire:
Viacom and Microsoft Announce Long-Term Digital Content and Advertising Partnership  —  Companies sign landmark multi-year deal to collaborate on content distribution, advertising, event promotions and gamingMicrosoft's Atlas to become exclusive ad serving platform for Viacom U.S. web sites
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:   Microsoft to Serve Ads on Viacom Sites
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Viacom, Microsoft Team Up, Target Google
Discussion: Searchviews
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Glitches Bug Google's Android Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. claims its Android mobile-phone software will usher in a new era of wireless communications.  But for developers like Adam MacBeth, Android has so far brought headaches and frustration.
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 2 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 2 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 2 is now available for download.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released  —  Mozilla has announced the official release of Firefox 3 beta 2, the tenth major developer milestone in the Firefox 3 development timeline.  The new beta, which is available for download from Mozilla's web site, includes interface improvements and a lot of extra polish.
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2
Discussion: Mozilla and CyberNet
Sara Rimer / New York Times:
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.
Discussion: Podcasting News and FurdLog
Bill Ray / The Register:
700MHz attracts Paul Allen  —  Chunk of spectrum latest must-have accessory for the super-rich?  —  The FCC has revealed the list of bidders interested in owning a little 700MHz, a spectrum due for release in January next year with the switch off of analogue TV.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Magnify.net Moves Their Video Blogging System Public - Make Yourself Internet Famous  —  Have you ever wanted to cry into the camera about Britney or yell about teen Jamie Lynn's baby announcement?  Have you considered dropping a mentos into a coke?  What about talking about maps?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Magnify.net Releases Video Blogging Platform, Seesmic Competitor?
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Worm Hits Google's Orkut  —  The intruder appears relatively harmless—and now halted—but raises security concerns.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Google's Orkut social networking site appeared to have been hit by a relatively harmless worm, but one that demonstrated the continuing vulnerability of Web applications.
Forbes:
The Web Celeb 25  —  Things change fast on the internet —and fame is no exception.  Nearly half of the online celebrities identified in the inaugural edition of the Forbes.com Web Celeb 25 failed to place on the list in this second edition.  Among the casualties: YouTube star LonelyGirl15 …
Chris Remo / Shacknews:
Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Debuts on Shacknews  —  Following yesterday's screenshot release, Shacknews is pleased to premiere the first new Duke Nukem Forever teaser trailer in over six years.  According to George Broussard of developer 3D Realms, the approximately minute-long video …
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Open Office standards row heats up
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Kim Yon-se / The Korea Times:
Copyright Protection Extended to 70 Years
Karl / DSLreports:
Executives Leaving Earthlink - Is the end nigh? A possible sale?
Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Reuters:
IAC in Web video deal with Brightcove
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebProNews
 Earlier Items: 
Bogdan Stnescu / Official Google Webmaster …:
Taking feeds out of our web search results
Michal Lev-Ram / Business and financial news:
Pricey battle over tomorrow's cellphones
New York Post:
APPLE OF THE W. SIDE EYE
Discussion: Macsimum News
Direct2Dell:
Linux Update: Ubuntu 7.10 and Built-In DVD playback
Thoughtfix / TabletBlog.com:
Internet Tablet OS2008 Review
Discussion: CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Helping To Change The Business Of Music