Updated: The new total opt-in for Facebook Beacon that Mark Zuckerberg alluded in his public note today is not now totally preemptive. When Zuckerberg's note was sent out, if you hadn't been to a Beacon partner site, you got this message in the Facebook external Web site privacy control:Privacy Settings for External Websites Show your friends what you like and what you're up to outside of Facebook.
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Netflix's return DVD mailers are apparently costing the U.S.
Google announced Wednesday that it has launched a new iPhone application that ties together its various services--search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader and Maps--into one interface.If you're an iPhone user you can see the interface at Google.
Comcast has cut it outlook for 2007 citing "an increasingly challenging economic and competitive environment." And just to hammer the point home, Michael Angelakis, co-chief financial officer, said Thursday at a UBS investment conference in New York that "this is not a robust economy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the firestorm of controversy around the Beacon ad system. "I'm not proud of the way we've handled this situation and I know we can do better," he said in a note on Facebook's site.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: Salesforce.com rolls out customer data sharing; eyes 1 million subscribers.
We hold the Internet Identity Workshop twice a year. One way to track the vector of developments in user-centric identity it to plot the gestalt of the workshop each year.
SAP has jumped on the iPhone bandwagon, announcing that a version of its salesforce automation software coming out this month will be compatible with the Jobs iPod/phone.iPhone support comes ahead of more popular business smart phones--BlackBerry, Treo and Microsoft devices.
Salesforce.com on Wednesday will roll out business networking tools so customers can securely share information such as sales leads, product information and other communications.
This week on the Dan & David Show we discuss Facebook's Beacon fiasco for starters. At this point it's clear that Beacon was flawed from the beginning, and the company and its CEO are having trouble handling the controversy after earning their way to the top of the social networking heap in previous months.