For those who are interested, Ghostery http://www.ghostery.com
, reads the page as it downloads and when it sees a tracking script, web beacon or other tracking dodad, it removes it automagically, and then stops that script/beacon from calling home thereby speeding up the rest of the page.
I know you could use NoScript, but that doesn't prevent web beacons and some other stuff, and sometimes you do want scripts to run, but without Facebook or Doubleclick checking your inside leg measurement with each click.
Anyhow, Ghostery is highly recommended, even generally for all those sites which seem to want to know everything about you.. and today's count on the PCG homepage was actually *16*, I think Stumbleupon was today's extra... yes lovely widgets... they still track ya (especially if you're logged in).
Ghostery seems to work better with Firefox than Internet Exploder though.