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5:10 AM ET, November 29, 2007

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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo, Adobe team on PDF ads  —  Yahoo and Adobe are bringing pay-per-click ads to Adobe's Portable Document Format so that publishers can serve up ads inside PDFs distributed on Web sites and over e-mail that are contextually relevant to the content.  —  The text advertisements appear …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Offers Contextual Advertising In PDFs; Yes, PDFs  —  Yahoo and Adobe have teamed up to give publishers the ability to offer contextual advertising as part of their PDF document downloads.  —  Users upload their PDFs to Yahoo's ad network and then Yahoo hosts the document for download …
Haochi / Googlified:
Google Digg-Style Experiment  —  Google Experimental is currently running an experiment that allows some selected users to "influence [the] search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results."  —  On a result page, you can choose move a search result to the top by clicking …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Straight Out Of Left Field: Google Experimenting With Digg Style Voting On Search Results  —  If you saw this one coming, give yourself a very large prize.  Google is experimenting with Digg style voting features on search results that allow users to vote up or bury search results they see.
Discussion: O'Flaherty and TECH.BLORGE.com
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New Google Maps feature could simulate GPS on iPhones  —  A new version of Google Maps introduced this week includes a beta feature dubbed My Location that was designed to simulate the GPS experience on mobile phones and handheld devices that do not include GPS hardware, like Apple's iPhone.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Slashdot
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Mike Chu / Official Google Mobile Blog:
New magical blue circle on your map  —  We've all been there: You're out and about, and you need to figure out where you are, what's around you, and how to get there.  Google Maps for mobile can help you do all that, but first you have to enter in a starting point using the keypad.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook May Revamp Beacon  —  After pressure from MoveOn and members, the social network may change a policy on sharing info on users' Web buying and activities  —  In the wake of mounting criticism, Facebook executives are discussing changes to a controversial advertising tool …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Privacy Groups Ready FTC Complaint Against Facebook
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P Traffic Is Booming, BitTorrent The Dominant Protocol  —  Ipoque, a German based company that specializes in developing bandwidth managing solutions for Universities and ISPs concludes this from data they gathered between August and September 2007.  In total, over 3 Petabytes …
Discussion: The Register and WinBeta
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   EFF study confirms Comcast's BitTorrent interference
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Yahoo! concocts a spicier new version of Widgets and Konfabulator  —  Yahoo! has launched an updated version of the Yahoo! Widget Engine and gallery.  Yahoo! Widget Engine 4.5 has the same look and feel on your desktop as version 4.0, but there are some changes in the way widgets are created and organized.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Site Rankings (October, 2007)  —  Last month, I asked comScore to run some numbers on traffic to social sites (comScore calls them social networking sites, but they are not all social networks).  This month, I asked them to do the same run again for October, 2007.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Office 2008 for Macs Adds iPhone, iPod Sync  —  Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will let users port PowerPoint presentations to iPhones and video-equipped iPods, Microsoft says.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac will let users port PowerPoint presentations to iPhones …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Verizon's "Open" Network Will Really Be Two-Tiered  —  Verizon's newfound openness when it comes to its wireless network is not all that open after all.  As I reported yesterday, Verizon Wireless announced that it would allow "any device" and "any app" to operate on its existing network.
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Charl Norman / Bandwidth Blog:
Afrigator beta launched  —  I attended the 27 Geek Dinner last night at Melrose Arch and witnessed the unveiling of Afrigator beta by one of the founders, Justin Hartman.  Afrigator launched earlier this year in Alpha and has now emerged with the 'beta tag' and a host of new functionality.
Discussion: Blogcosm and Vincent Maher
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Afrigator: The Best of African Social Media, in Real Time
Discussion: White African
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Tim Berners-Lee dream for Facebook five years hence  —  Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee visited Silicon Valley to speak with scientists and tech executives at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif. this week.  In this video clip he offers his view, which he previously expressed in this blog post …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and CNET News.com
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
How Does Bruce Schneier Protect His Laptop Data?  With His Fists — and PGP  —  Computer security is hard.  Software, computer and network security are all ongoing battles between attacker and defender.  And in many cases the attacker has an inherent advantage: He only has to find one network flaw …
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
MICROSOFT FLEXES WEB WITH NEW AD CAMPAIGN  —  Microsoft wants to show consumers where Windows meets the Web.  —  The software giant is gearing up for a major ad push to highlight how its suite of free online software connects to its Windows operating system over the Internet.
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Telefonica Invests In Mobile Advertising's Amobee Media Systems  —  Spanish telecom giant Telefonica has made an strategic investment in San Francisco-based Amobee Media Systems.  Amobee is also backed by Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Globespan.  Amobee is not looking to be an Admob …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
TiVo Q3: Beats EPS, But Business Still Screwed  —  The good news in TiVo's Q3: losses shrank ($8.2 million loss vs. $11 million a year ago), and EPS of -$0.08 beat consensus of -$0.13.  EBITDA was slightly positive.  Revenue also increased 11%, from $58.3 million, up from $52.5 million y/y.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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