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10:30 AM ET, January 11, 2008

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CBS News:
Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work  —  Also Tells 60 Minutes It's Unlikely Company Will Go Public in 2008  —  (CBS) The controversial advertising device many accused of invading the privacy of Facebook users will eventually be a good tool, says Facebook founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg.
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Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Facebook (and me) on 60 Minutes  —  In December, I received a call from the producers of 60 Minutes, the longest running news program on broadcast TV.  They were doing a segment on Facebook and wanted to know if I could provide background for the story.  —  Wow.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES  —  CES has no shortage of displays.  And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn't help ourselves.  We shut off a TV.  And then another.  And then a wall of TVs.  And we just couldn't stop.
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Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Gizmodo Prank at CES.  Victims may be bloggers  —  The clever hacks at Gizmodo pulled a prank at CES making all those TV screens go blank all at once, then filming and posting it, I assume very much to their own sophomoric satisfaction.  As Webware Rafe Needleman put it:
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLOGGERS BEHAVING BADLY: GIZMODO MESSES WITH CES FLAT SCREENS
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard  —  Is Ruby on Rails the next Java?  Benchmark Capital thinks so.  It just invested $3.5 million in Engine Yard, taking its entire series A round.  Ruby on Rails is an increasingly popular Web application programming environment …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Retirement and Transition Plan for Jeff Raikes, President of the Microsoft Business Division  —  Company announces it has hired Stephen Elop from Juniper Networks; Raikes will continue at Microsoft through September 2008.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Believe it or not, Mahalo is Growing  —  Human-built search engine Mahalo appears to be shooting past the traffic numbers it got when it launched, according to Heather Hopkins at traffic analyst firm Hitwise.  —  Mahalo pages are collections of the most useful links regarding a wide variety of timely topics in popular niches.
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Wikia Launch & Mahalo Growth
Discussion: VentureBeat, HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Business Week:
Steve Jobs' Video Dreams  —  His magic has not extended to visual entertainment.  Hollywood and cable companies aim to keep it that way  —  At last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most of the 140,000 attendees were buzzing about the future of the cell phone—and how Apple Inc. …
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Ron Grover / Business Week:
CES Goes Hollywood in Las Vegas
Discussion: MarketingShift
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Checkout Trends  —  Google Trends allows you to enter keywords and phrases to compare what users have been searching for over a specified time period.  Now, the Official Google Checkout Blog has just announced that they've launched their own version which lets you see what people have been buying using Google Checkout:
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo?  YaBay?  No Deal!  —  Look, I love a good takeover rumor as much as the next gossipy reporter.  —  But all the incessant rumblings of Microsoft sniffing around to buy Yahoo or Yahoo merging with eBay are getting a tad ridiculous.  —  So, Deal or No Deal?  Um, no deal, Howie!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers  —  Almost a month ago to the day, social network Bebo announced its developer platform.  Or rather, a clone of Facebook's developer platform.  The idea was to copy Facebook's platform so that developers wouldn't have to relearn a new one and rebuild …
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Print Yellow Pages Likely To Bleed More Dollars Online  —  THIS YEAR WILL BE PIVOTAL for the global Yellow Pages industry, according to a new report by The Kelsey Group.  —  Much like newspapers, print Yellow Pages will continue to bleed dollars to their various digital counterparts …
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
New Trademark Lawsuit Could Impact Search Marketing  —  IN THE LATEST EXAMPLE OF a marketer suing about search ads, 1-800-Contacts this week filed a lawsuit in federal court against LensWorld for purchasing search links triggered by the term “1-800-contacts.”
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Motion Picture Storytelling Gets Interactive  —  Ever since NASA faked the moon landing, motion pictures have played a leading role in bolstering the believability of hoaxes, practical jokes and, most recently, alternate reality games (ARGs).  Thanks to the success of I Love Bees …
Richard S. Chang / Wheels:
Tata Nano: The World's Cheapest Car  —  (Photo by Money Sharma/European Pressphoto Association)  —  Tata Motors today took the covers off the world's cheapest car — the Nano.  —  Over the past year, Tata has been building hype for a car that would cost a mere 100,000 rupees (roughly $2,500) …
Discussion: Crave and michael parekh on IT
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook disables UK entrepreneur's account  —  UK entrepreneur Raj Anand, founded of kwiqq, has had his Facebook account disabled after he individually emailed all his friends and members of a Facebook group he runs.  Anand recently launched an independent social network for Salsa dancers …
Discussion: Kwiqq Blog and Technovia
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Joins Other Labels on Amazon MP3 Store  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sony BMG announced Thursday that it would become the fourth and final major music label to sell digital music on Amazon.com, offering its entire catalog in the MP3 format by the end of the month.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Slashdot and TechSpot News
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Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Ars Technica and Techdirt
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Discussion: Kango Blog
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
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Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Music Industry's Last Stand Will Be A Music Tax