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Here’s our rundown of the week’s tech and business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:

abhor-pageShould you be able to “abhor” Facebook posts? Threadsy says yes — “Oh, ‘I bought new socks’ status update. How I hate thee. And now you literally can hate them.”

Virtual goods sales to hit $1 billion as social games pay off big — “Thanks to the astonishing growth of games on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, the U.S. virtual goods market is poised to clear $1 billion in revenues in 2009, more than doubling from a year earlier.”

Web technology is about to change how we learn — “The education industry is on the cusp of being massively disrupted by innovation in Web technology.”

The making of Zynga’s Cafe World, the fastest growing social game in history — “These numbers are unheard of and they raise a lot of questions. While other game makers toil for naught, Zynga makes it look so easy.”

HP brings touch to the mass market with new laptops and desktops — “The highlight of today’s 10 product introductions are laptops with multi-touch touchscreens that work with Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system.”

And here are five more stories we thought were important, thought-provoking, or just fun:

youtubeYouTube now serves more than 1 billion money-losing pageviews per day — “Fifteen million viewers watched CSI on Thursday night, making it the most-popular show on television. On that same day, YouTube served over a billion video clips — 66 times the number of views CSI got.”

Only 17 venture capital firms raise money in Q3 — fewest in 15 years — “Venture capitalists are a breed in decline.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Technology, not policy, will save the world — “‘I love technology,’ Schwarzenegger said.”

Siemens closer to dominance with $900M in turbine contracts — “Engineering giant Siemens has made its presence felt in the wind business, winning six contracts to build 565-megawatts worth of wind turbines, valued at more than $900 million.”

Aardvark opens to the public, becomes a destination for questions — “The company, which started in 2007 and has grown to about 30 employees, offers a way to tap your social network for answers.”


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