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2:45 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) …
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 gaming  —  Microsoft's Atlas to become exclusive ad serving platform for Viacom U.S. web sites
Discussion: Search Engine Land and NewTeeVee
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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 …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft, Viacom ink $500 million ad deal
Discussion: WinBeta
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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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 beta 2 available for download
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
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.
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.
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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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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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
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Intuit Puts Quicken on iPhone  —  The personal finance software will be offered as a service for $3 monthly.  —  Recommend this story?  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Intuit Inc is looking to boost Quicken personal finance software sales by offering it as a service for $3 a month that can run on Apple Inc's iPhone.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
At $3 per month, iPhone Quicken the tip of the SaaS iceberg
Discussion: Mobilewhack
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Direct2Dell:
Linux Update: Ubuntu 7.10 and Built-In DVD playback  —  Many people don't realize how young our consumer Linux client program is...we started in May this year.  I've been along for the ride every step of the way - from the time we heard loud and clear that there was a need not being met by any other major PC manufacturer at the time.
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, Engadget and Ubergizmo
 
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Yonatan Zunger / Official Google Webmaster …:
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John Leyden / The Register:
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Wired News:
David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing