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10:50 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook - Why Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?
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
Judie Lipsett / Gear Diary:   Total and Utter Crap: Gizmodo's Stupid CES Prank on Motorola and Us Bloggers
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
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Juniper Networks exec to succeed Microsoft Business Division President Raikes  —  In what I consider surprising timing, Microsoft announced on January 10 that one of its three corporate presidents, Jeff Raikes, is retiring in September 2008.  —  Raikes will be succeeded by Stephen Elop …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Unlike Trent Reznor, Saul Williams isn't disheartened  —  Saul Williams chuckles when asked about the word “disheartening."  —  That's the word Trent Reznor chose to describe the sales generated by William's new album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust, which the two men collaborated on.
Discussion: Crave and Dembot
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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!
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
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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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 …
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
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
 
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