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Newswatch 1.11.08: Zuckerberg says Beacon is 'good'

Zuckerberg: Beacon a 'really good thing'

[ComputerWorld] "It might take some work for us to get this exactly right," he told 60 Minutes in an interview to be broadcast Sunday. "This is something we think is going to be a really good thing. I actually think [our ads] make [Facebook] less commercial. What would you rather see? A banner ad from Bloomingdale's or that one of your friends bought a scarf?"

Brits ban Vista

The agency that governs educational technology in the UK has advised schools in the country to keep Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s Windows Vista operating system and its Office 2007 software out of the classroom and administrative offices.

Network Solutions slammed for new domain policy

[TopTechNews] What would you a call a company that allows users to search for domain names and then registers those names to itself? Some would call it a "front runner" or a "cybersquatter." Network Solutions quietly launched a program that registers searched-for domain names to itself. For a period of four days after the initial domain search is conducted, the name can be purchased only from Network Solutions.

Rumor has MSFT buying CDN Limelight

[AlleyInsider] A CDN industry insider (not at Limelight) tells us he has heard this twice in recent days from independent sources. Why would Microsoft want to buy Limelight, the unprofitable No. 2 player in the CDN business behind Akamai (AKAM)? It's indeed a puzzlement.

150 million websites can't be wrong

[TGDaily] According to Netcraft’s web server survey, web hosters saw an increase of 5.4 million websites during the month of December which resulted in a total of 155,230,051 websites by the end of the month. In 2007, the analysis firm estimates that the Internet has grown by more than 50 million websites, topping the previously recorded absolute growth record of about 30 million sites in 2006.

Second Life banks banned

[Ars] "As these activities grow, they become more likely to lead to destabilization of the virtual economy," the blog posting reads. "At least as important, the legal and regulatory framework of these non-chartered, unregistered banks is unclear, i.e., what their duties are when they offer 'interest' or 'investments.'"