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12:40 PM 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook - Why Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?  —  Just as the press was getting bored with talking about the problems with Facebook's new advertising platform, Beacon (first mentioned here on November 2), founder Mark Zuckerberg goes on 60 Minutes to stir everything back up again (the show will be on air this Sunday).
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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Judie Lipsett / Gear Diary:
Total and Utter Crap: Gizmodo's Stupid CES Prank on Motorola and Us Bloggers  —  I first found out about Gizmodo's stupidity on ValleyWag a little earlier today; the post read “What's the difference between a blogger and a journalist? … I had no idea what Owen Thomas, the post author …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gizmodogate: Get a sense of humor folks
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Gizmodo Prank at CES. Victims may be bloggers
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Core Value Is Falling  —  The market is taking stock of still more rumors that Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo.  (This would be a great deal, if it weren't for management, strategic and cultural differences that would probably sink any combination.)
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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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!
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: VC Ratings and VentureBeat
Arn / MacRumors:
SlingPlayer for iPhone and iPod Touch?  —  ElectricPig.tv claims (via 9to5) they have an “extremely senior source” at Sling Media who says that an iPhone/iPod Touch version of their SlingPlayer client software is coming.  —  Sling Media sells the SlingBox which allows you to stream video …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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electricpig.tv:
Login  —  CES 2008: Slingplayer coming to iPhone
Discussion: FierceMobileContent and 9 to 5 Mac
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Zero-Day Exploit For Apple's QuickTime Posted  —  The vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac OS X versions of Apple's QuickTime software.  —  An Italian security researcher has posted a proof-of-concept exploit for a zero-day vulnerability in the most current version of Apple's QuickTime media software (7.3.1).
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US-CERT:
Vulnerability Note VU#112179
Discussion: The Apple Blog and Computerworld
Wall Street Journal:
Showdown Looms Over Pirated-Media Directory  —  Swedish Prosecutors Target Organizers of Pirate Bay, A Huge File-Sharing Guide  —  One of Hollywood's biggest foes is about to be called on the carpet.  After years of steering Web surfers to free entertainment, the organizers of a massive directory …
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
UK gov't report: Don't upgrade to Vista  —  San Francisco - British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft's Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) said in a report on the software.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Facebook for journalists  —  I was asked to compile a guide for reporters to using Facebook and the social web in general.  My response is below.  Does anybody have any tips they would like to share?  —  Not everyone in Facebook is who they appear to be  —  Facebook and sites like it are public places.
 
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Simon Thiel / Bloomberg:
Yell Shares Rise on Renewed Speculation About Bid by Google
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‘Unlimited’ AT&T Wireless Data Plans Soon To Be Limited?
Discussion: Electronista
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ALL FOR ONE!....?  —  Journalist Zaitsev posted this to the …
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DRM now dead, as Amazon snags Sony
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Unlike Trent Reznor, Saul Williams isn't disheartened
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
New Trademark Lawsuit Could Impact Search Marketing
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Motion Picture Storytelling Gets Interactive
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Print Yellow Pages Likely To Bleed More Dollars Online
Richard S. Chang / Wheels:
Tata Nano: The World's Cheapest Car
Discussion: Crave and michael parekh on IT
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook disables UK entrepreneur's account
Discussion: Technovia and Kwiqq Blog
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Believe it or not, Mahalo is Growing