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11:20 AM ET, November 9, 2009

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Murdoch: We'll probably remove our sites from Google's index  —  Rupert Murdoch has suggested that News Corporation is likely to make its content unfindable to users on Google when it launches its paid content strategy .  —  When Murdoch and other senior News Corp lieutenants …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Murdoch Making News Invisible To Search Engines?  Not So Fast  —  Rupert Murdoch was in Sydney for the latest News Corp earnings call but that wasn't the only talking he did down under.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). chairman and CEO was interviewed by some of his own newsies …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch could block Google searches  —  Murdoch's plan for paywalls ‘raises questions of anti-trust law’  —  Rupert Murdoch says he will remove stories from Google's search index as a way to encourage people to pay for content online.  —  In an interview with Sky News Australia …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
EA Acquires Playfish For Up To $400 Million  —  Electronic Arts (ERTS) has acquired Facebook games-maker Playfish for up to $400 Million.  We've been reporting rumors about the deal for weeks.  —  Playfish revenues were reportedly set to reach $75 million this year.
Brigid Andersen / ABC News:
Australian admits creating first iPhone virus  —  A 21-year-old Australian man has admitted creating what is thought to be the first virus to infect Apple iPhones.  —  The virus, which can spread from phone to phone, changes the iPhone's wallpaper to a photograph of 1980s singer Rick Astley …
internetnews.com:
Firefox Tops Vulnerability List  —  New study places Firefox at the top of vulnerability list for for the first half of 2009.  —  Application security vendor Cenzic today released its security trends report for the first half of 2009 application.  In it, Cenzic claims that the Mozilla's Firefox browser led …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and TECH.BLORGE.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google making Waves across all its Apps?  —  We just received a set of screengrabs from an anonymous source giving us a glimpse at what appears to be Google's (and thus, the world's) future interface to its web applications, Gmail in particular.  While we were originally tempted to ignore them …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Confusion on Where Money Lent via Kiva Goes  —  Last month, David Roodman, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, pressed a button on his laptop as his bus left the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan and started a debate that has people re-examining the country's latest celebrated charity, Kiva.org.
Reuters:
Nokia to replace 14 mln chargers of China's BYD  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Top cellphone maker Nokia said on Monday it would replace 14 million chargers made by China's BYD Co Ltd, saying the chargers could fall apart.  —  “We are undertaking this exchange programme as a proactive, precautionary measure.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia CEO says ‘no’ to Intel-compatible chip  —  Despite persistent rumors, Nvidia's chief executive says the graphics chip supplier is not working on an Intel-compatible chip.  —  CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was asked about the possibility of Nvidia coming up with its own x86 (Intel-compatible) …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft buys bridge between Java and .Net developers  —  The company is acquiring SourceGear's Teamprise suite, which lets Java developers build apps via Visual Studio TFS  —  Microsoft plans to acquire technology that has enabled Microsoft's TFS (Team Foundation Server) software to be an ALM …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Still Not Allowing VoIP Calls Over 3G  —  Earlier today in response to my post about Nimbuzz, a good pal emailed to find out why the service didn't work over the iPhone's 3G connection.  After all, a few weeks ago AT&T announced support for VoIP over 3G with much fanfare …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)  —  Only suckers pay retail.  —  If you've read any reviews of Windows 7, you've seen references to its price list, which ranges from $120 for a Home Premium upgrade to $320 for a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
Discussion: PC World
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Shazam launches premium Shazam Encore iPhone app  —  Shazam has revealed the next stage in its plans for mobile app world domination, launching a new iPhone app called Shazam Encore.  It's essentially a premium version of the company's existing iPhone app, offering quicker tagging …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Refining the Twitter Explosion  —  DOES Twitter have a T.M.I. problem?  —  And, no, I don't just mean the Twitter users who share too much information about their lives, social, medical or otherwise.  —  Simply put, there is way too much information on Twitter — lately, it defies navigation.
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
iPhone app business on sale on eBay  —  Just caught the press release, so I'm not sure this is still valid, but it's interesting nonetheless.  —  The Texas-based developer Brice Milliorn is selling its company called JBMJBM on eBay.  What's interesting about it is that the company makes iPhone apps …
Discussion: textually.org
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Twitter Start-Up CoTweet Launches Paid Service  —  CoTweet, a start-up that helps businesses manage their Twitter accounts, is rolling out its first fee-based services, with McDonald's, Ford and SunTrust among its paying customers. … The San Francisco company said over the summer …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
First iPhone, now Droid.  Who needs Windows?  —  If the iPhone didn't finish off Windows Mobile in the smartphone market, the Motorola Droid may.  —  Windows Mobile is losing the last glimmers of its mojo—if it really had any to begin with—as the Droid and other phones based …
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
GM, Kellogg, Nestle Beat to the Tweet as Squatters Take Over Twitter Names  —  Marketers That Have Not Registered Handles Fear Brand Reputation at Risk  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — On Twitter's @Hyundai page, there is a collection of 140-character blasts in English and Korean about oysters, cellphones and the Yankees.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Empty MySpace office blow for News Corp  —  News Corporation is paying more than $1m a month to rent an empty office complex in Los Angeles that it has been unable to sub-lease since scrapping an ambitious plan to move MySpace and its other digital businesses there.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Cisco Software Takes On Microsoft, IBM  —  The networking giant announces new collaboration tools for IM, e-mail, social networking and more.  —  If Cisco wasn't making enough enemies with its string of bold acquisitions and a brazen push into the server market last spring …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon takes another swing at AT&T, puts iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys  —  AT&T might be suing Verizon for misrepresenting its network in ads, but that doesn't seem to have dissuaded Big Red from using that same map image in this new spot, which casts the iPhone away to the Island of Misfit Toys.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype snags chief technology strategist from Cisco  —  Skype said Monday that it has named Jonathan Rosenberg as its chief technology strategist.  —  The move comes shortly after Skype settled a distracting legal spat with the co-founders of the company, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget iPhone MMS, Share 100 Pictures In An Instant With Knocking
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The ACTA Internet provisions: DMCA goes worldwide
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Open source design and the OpenOfficeMouse
Discussion: Download Squad
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Far From a Lab? Turn a Cellphone Into a Microscope
Tim Mercer / Macworld:
FaceFighter for iPhone  —  Fun fighting game lets you turn friends into foes
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla Jetpack contest winner harnesses GPU power to process data
Discussion: Massively
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
CDC adopts new, near real-time flu tracking system
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Brazil outage NOT caused by hackers
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
New microsyntax for Twitter: three pointers and the slasher
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Has No Sense Of Humor. Luckily, Google Does.
Discussion: TeleRead