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2:25 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) …
Microsoft:
Viacom and Microsoft Announce Long-Term Digital Content and Advertising Partnership  —  Companies sign landmark multiyear deal to collaborate on content distribution, advertising, event promotions and gaming; Microsoft's Atlas to become exclusive ad serving platform for Viacom U.S. Web sites.
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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 …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:   Microsoft to Serve Ads on Viacom Sites
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Viacom, Microsoft In $500 Million Ad, Promo Deal
Discussion: Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Viacom, Microsoft Team Up, Target Google
Discussion: WebProNews and Searchviews
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: Business Filter and VoIP Blog
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
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First Look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2
Discussion: Mozilla and CyberNet
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.
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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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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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 …
Business Wire:
The NPD Group: 50 Percent of Mac Users in the U.S. Paid to Purchase Music Downloads versus 16 Percent of PC Users  —  Apple computer users are also more likely to listen to music and watch videos on their MP3 players and home computers  —  PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Half Of Mac Users Pay To Download Music
Discussion: Infinite Loop
eWEEK.com:
eWEEK Labs: The Most Important Products of 2007  —  Each year, thousands of IT products are released, and each claims to offer enterprises something bigger, better or, our favorite, unique. eWeek Labs' tests often show that these claims are overblown; just the same old technology dressed up in new buzzwords.
Discussion: Macsimum News and The Mac Observer
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.
Microsoft Help and Support:
Internet Explorer 6 crashes after you install security update 942615 on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2  —  View products that this article applies to. … Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry.  Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it.
Electronista:
Creative resurrects video phone with InPerson  —  Creative plans to revive the concept of a dedicated video phone with a device to be released soon, according to an FCC filing published yesterday and recently discovered by Engadget.  The portable InPerson embeds a 7-inch LCD and rotating VGA camera …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to delay launch of three 45nm quad-core CPUs on poor AMD performance  —  Intel has recently adjusted its product strategy and will postpone three 45nm quad-core CPUs that were originally scheduled to launch in January next year, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
 
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
HP and Staples involved in price-fixing?
Discussion: Techdirt and DailyTech
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John Leyden / The Register:
Open Office standards row heats up
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Executives Leaving Earthlink - Is the end nigh? A possible sale?
 Earlier Items: 
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
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