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Facebook Beacon complete opt-in missing piece (updated)

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.

December 5, 2007 by Dan Farber


Comcast's stumble: More competition than economy?

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.

December 4, 2007 by


Zuckerberg speaks: Lessons learned from Beacon

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.

December 4, 2007 by Dan Farber


Reputation taking center stage

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.

December 4, 2007 by Phil Windley


SAP blesses the iPhone

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.

December 4, 2007 by Dan Farber


Podcast: Beacon woes, Techonorati revamp, Kindle, ODF and more...

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.

December 4, 2007 by Dan Farber