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Alexandra Kenin / Google Mobile Blog:
New AdWords options for iPhone and G1  —  Today, the Google mobile ads team is announcing a new campaign-level option that allows those of you who are AdWords advertisers to show your desktop text and image ads on the iPhone, the T-Mobile G1, and other mobile devices with full (HTML) Internet browsers.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's search ads arrive on iPhone, G1  —  The iPhone and T-Mobile G1 come with pretty much full-fledged Web browsers, and Google now is according them that status by showing search ads on the phones.  —  Advertisers bidding for search ads through Google's AdWords service now can choose …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Moves Ahead With Layoffs on Wednesday: The Sad Details  —  While there are layoffs all over now, as evidenced by the dismal jobs reports last week, the long-planned Yahoo (YHOO) layoffs will definitely be taking place Wednesday.  —  The layoff number was announced by its (eventually outgoing) …
Arn / MacRumors:
$99 Wal-Mart iPhone Seems Unlikely  —  Last week, Boy Genius Report cited an unconfirmed source that Wal-Mart may begin selling a 4GB iPhone for only $99.  Based on available Wal-Mart training materials and advertising (pictured above) we've received, however, it seems that this rumor is unlikely.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 fixes coming in Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update  —  Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update is on course to deliver dozens of new bug fixes to users of the company's Leopard operating system, with recently leaked developer notes also offering a status update on software's server counterpart and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Discussion: MacRumors and MacBlogz
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Netflix Arrives on TiVo Today  —  Hot on the heels of a system software update, and as promised, TiVo Series 3, HD, and HD XL subscribers who also partake in an unlimited Netflix plan will be able to stream a wide variety of video content at no additional cost:
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
TiVo Netflix hands-on
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Alex Pell / Times of London:
PlayStation fiends finally get a second life  —  Escape the relatives this Christmas by losing yourself in Sony's long-awaited virtual world  —  The annual battle of the consoles that takes place every Christmas will heat up this week when Sony launches its own version of Second Life for the PlayStation 3.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Understanding HP Lab's Twitter Research  —  Left: The famed HP Labs think tank in Palo Alto.  —  A few months ago, I spent an entire day with the HP Labs group in Palo Alto, they're responsible for the R&D and innovation that goes into their thousands of technology products on the market.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Plans to Launch a Mail App Platform  —  Yahoo, the beleaguered web giant, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications, much in the same way Facebook does, according to some of my sources.
Discussion: Mashable!
Mike Vorhaus / AdAge:
Would You Pay Money to See Your Favorite Site Ad-Free?  —  Mike Vorhaus on Digital Communications  —  Since the early days of the web, consumers have been complaining about banner ads, pop-ups, pop-unders and all sorts of advertising.  We constantly hear from consumers and from those who design websites …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: The Freedoms That Technologies Help Bring  —  AMONG international outrages, depriving citizens of personalized maps seems far down on the list.  —  Still, that was the condition put on the introduction of Apple's 3G iPhone in Egypt.  The government demanded that Apple disable …
MediaShift:
Dealing with Friend Inflation on Twitter, Digg  —  It happens several times a day now.  Ever since I opened my Twitter account approximately three months ago, the follow alerts have been gradually increasing in frequency to the point that they clutter up my email inbox if I don't clean them out often enough.
Steve / The Official Netflix Blog:
Changes in Customer Service  —  Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications, here to let you know about some changes in Customer Service.  —  For those of you who watch movies instantly on your PC or Mac, you may have noticed our player is much easier to install and use now with Silverlight.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile data: Be careful what you wish for  —  The consensus around the industry seems to be that mobile data is starting to take off.  Text messaging is still the leading data function, accounting for about 65% of total data revenue, according to Informa (link).
Pew Internet:
Adults and Video Games  —  Amanda Lenhart Sydney Jones Alexandra Rankin Macgill  —  More than half - 53% - of all American adults play video games of some kind, whether on a computer, on a gaming console, on a cell phone or other handheld device, on a portable gaming device, or online
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Coming to Tiny Screens All Over  —  Korea Offers Evidence Consumers Will View Video on Cellphones  —  SEOUL — Watching TV and movies on cellphones is so common in South Korea, people no longer think twice about it.  —  Since 2005, South Koreans have been able to buy cellphones …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and WatchingTV Online
PC World:
SugarCRM Adds Hooks to Cloud Data Services  — Commercial open-source CRM (customer relationship management) vendor SugarCRM said Monday it will give customers the ability to plug in feeds from third-party data sources like the business social-networking site LinkedIn.
Discussion: The Open Road and CloudAve
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
AMD announces 45nm desktop CPUs  —  Quad-core Phenom II runs up to 3GHz, supports DDR3  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Advanced Micro Devices has announced the second batch of processors coming out of its 45nm process technology.  The Phenom II is a quad-core family of desktop processors with up to 8 Mbytes of on-board cache.
Business Wire:
HP and Arizona State University Demo Flexible, Unbreakable Displays  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ) and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) today announced the first prototype of affordable, flexible electronic displays.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear, DailyTech and Slashdot
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Computer scientists find audio CAPTCHAs easy to crack  —  The Carnegie-Mellon University team behind the reCAPTCHA service is continuing to expand its effort to mix basic security and useful work.  CAPTCHAs are the distorted text that helps various online services ensure that the entity opening …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, The Toybox and Slashdot
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
The Way We'll Watch  —  Coming soon: DVDs that let you chat with friends watching the same movie.  Kiosks that burn movies while you wait.  Super-crisp movies in theaters.  And more.  —  Get ready for a lot more ways to catch a movie.  —  Hollywood studios and tech companies are rolling …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Salesforce.com and Google expand alliance  —  Update at 11:01 a.m. with historical information on the alliance.  —  Salesforce.com and Google announced on Monday an expanded alliance, aiming to offer a set of developer tools and service around cloud computing applications.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Lidija Davis / ReadWriteWeb:
Twenty 9th Graders from Georgia Take On Google  —  The Digiteen Dream Team, a group of passionate ninth graders who have been using Google's Lively as part of the Digiteen Project, are planning to protest this Wednesday against Google's decision to close down its virtual world environment, Lively, at the end of this year.
Discussion: Webware.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Bonjour, FriendFeed, Que Tal?  —  As a European, I'm always happy to see web companies translate their interfaces in other languages besides English.  It's common business sense, since a lot of potential users simply won't even take a look if the application is not available in their local tongue …
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