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3:55 AM ET, November 8, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“Horrible Things” Slink Back Into Zynga  —  Just five days ago Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said mobile subscriptions, among other scammy offers, would be removed from Zynga's popular Facebook and MySpace games.  “We have also removed all mobile ads until we see any that offer clear user value,” he said.
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Ali / Redmond Pie:
Zune HD 4.3 Firmware Brings Support for Apps and 3D Games  —  Microsoft Zune Team today has rolled out a new firmware update, version 4.3 for Zune HD players.  This update is the third revision since the Zune HD launch in September of this year.  The latest firmware update brings support …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Founders Assembling Killer Team For New Online Music Startup  —  Now that they got what they wanted - a renewed stake and board representation in the Skype that will be spun off eBay soon - the Scandinavian duo Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis can divert more of their attention again …
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Bid to block paedophiles from Facebook fails  —  Government plan to stop sex offenders using social networking sites would breach human rights law  —  Government plans to block paedophiles from using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have been shelved because of fears that such a move would breach human rights laws.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
IBM's Steve Mills on RealTime  —  As we prepare for our next RealTime CrunchUp on November 20th in San Francisco, we're seeing if anything an acceleration of the phenomenon known as RealTime.  Startups, cloud platform vendors, the open standards community, and virtually every software …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Rushes Out Apple TV Update To Cure Disappearing Content  —  Last week, Apple released its new 3.0 software for the Apple TV.  Unfortunately, it looks like it came with a pretty big bug in tow: Disappearing content.  —  Here's the problem in Apple's words:
Farhad Manjoo / Glamour:
Marissa Mayer: The Visionary  —  You do it.  Your mom does it.  Nearly every American does it: We google, about 7 billion times a month.  And each time, itâs like a trip into Marissa Mayerâs mind.  That sunny logo, blessedly spare interface and perfect list of links you get in response to a query are all pure Mayer.
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Black Friday Starts Now for Savvy Shoppers  —  If you love Black Friday bargains, but hate the idea of pre-dawn lines, surly shoppers, and the risk of bodily harm just to score a bargain Blu-ray player or Xbox console, major U.S. retailers have an alternative: Why not shop early?
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Bizarre lawsuits connect Apple with Sarah Jessica Parker, Lil' Wayne  —  Apple is the defendant in two recent, offbeat lawsuits, including one filed by an artist who alleges he invented and named the iPod and iPhone in the 1980s, only to have Apple and actress Sarah Jessica Parker steal his trade secrets.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Gizmodo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How investigators tracked down a Modern Warfare 2 cyber pirate  —  The posting last Thursday on Craigslist was alarming.  Someone was selling a Modern Warfare 2 Xbox 360 bundle, with both a console and a game, for $500.  The problem was that Modern Warfare 2, one of the most anticipated games of the year …
New York Times:
Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley may have discovered the perfect business: charging real money for products that do not exist.  —  These so-called virtual goods, like a $1 illustration of a Champagne bottle on Facebook or the $2.50 Halloween costume …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Report: Cyber Attacks Caused Power Outages in Brazil  —  Electrical blackouts impacting millions of people in Brazil in 2005 and 2007 were caused by hackers targeting control systems, according to the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes.  —  In a show set to air Sunday night …
 
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