CNET News Daily Podcast: Facebook, Google open competing services

Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect open to the public within moments of each other; Firefox plug-in turns Amazon.com into piracy heaven; and former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers asks for commuted sentence.

Facebook announced its Facebook Connect registration and marketing service today. And moments later, Google rushed out an announcement to journalists that it is making its competing service, called Friend Connect, available to Web site operators.

A new Firefox plug-in turns Amazon.com into piracy heaven for people looking to download music, movies, and other digital content for free. Also in this podcast: former WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers has asked President Bush for commuted sentence; Sun calls on a 13-year-old program to compete with Flash and other Web app programming tools; and a new free application makes searching easier for iPhone users.


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Today's stories:

Facebook Connect officially open...and it will win Google's turn: Friend Connect is live, too Sources: Layoffs hit RealNetworks New Firefox extension turns Amazon.com into illegal free-for-all Former WorldCom CEO seeks clemency Icahn against partial-sale bid for Yahoo With JavaFX, Sun seeks new coders, new revenue What's causing video glitches at Apple, Netflix? In Flickr's mobile upgrade, video! Point-and-click search on the iPhone Slowing expectations at a green-tech start-up

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Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.

 

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