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12:25 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
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Facebook To Add More Privacy Controls, Mass Messaging; Zuckerberg On ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
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  —  Gizmodo turns off a bunch of TVs at CES to liven the joint up and you'd think that their scribes lit Bill Gates on fire for the page views.  —  The angst over Gizmodo's hilarious prank is borderline ridiculous:  — Judie Lipsett at Gear Diary calls the prank “total and utter crap.”
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Macworld leads tech out of the desert  —  Apple has the third week of January all to itself this year, and although it probably won't top last year's Macworld, the company will likely make everyone forget about the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Trade shows are a necessary evil in the tech industry.
Ron Grover / Business Week:
CES Goes Hollywood in Las Vegas
Discussion: MarketingShift
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: Tech Confidential and VentureBeat
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
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!
Podcasting News:
The Problem With Mashable's Podcasters  —  Mark Hopkins at Mashable has penned an new variation on the podcasting doom and gloom story, in response to the recent news that Wizzard Media served up 1 billion podcasts in 2007.  —  Hopkins acknowledges that “people do indeed love to download podcasts …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
The Problem with Podcasting Isn't Downloads
Discussion: Podcasting News and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Brian Cinque / Musings from within:
SunIT Data Center Consolidation  —  SunIT's Data Center Consolidation Efforts  —  Sun IT is driving towards a consolidated and unified data center approach by 2015, while reducing overall operating costs, overall energy consumptions, and to eliminate all SunIT data center's.  Did I just say 0 data centers?
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Sun's Goal: No In-House Data Centers by 2015
Discussion: Rough Type and GigaOM
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.
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.
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Raikes and Other Exits  —  Well, I should be sweating to the 80's soundtrack at the ProClub with about half of Microsoft that's trying to squeeze in there for January to burn off Christmas cookies, but here everyday that passes yet another exit hits us, and today we have a biggie...
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