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3:05 PM ET, November 9, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Investing in a mobile future with AdMob  —  We're happy to announce today that we have signed an agreement to acquire AdMob, a mobile display advertising company based in San Mateo, CA.  AdMob is a great Silicon Valley story — founded in 2006 by Omar Hamoui when he couldn't find good ways to generate traffic for his mobile site.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Buys AdMob For $750 Million In Stock  —  Google (GOOG) just made a big bet on mobile advertising: It just acquired mobile ad network AdMob for $750 million in stock.  —  This deal is not surprising: Google has always been pegged as AdMob's most likely acquirer.
mUmBRELLA:
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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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch could block Google searches  —  Charles Arthur: Murdoch's threat unlikely to worry Google  —  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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Google: Rupert Murdoch can block us if he wants to  —  Google has clarified that it will not index publishers against their wishes, in response to Rupert Murdoch's threat to block the search engine from his newspapers' websites.  —  A spokesman for the search giant said …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Google Has Acquired Gizmo5  —  Last month Skype was in talks to acquire VoIP startup Gizmo5.  It was a perfect backup plan in case all that IP litigation didn't work out.  - Gizmo5's SIP infrastructure could theoretically replace Skype's proprietary P2P back end.
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.
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Playfish COO: On Joining EA, And Possibly Creating A Cross-Platform Virtual Currency
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 …
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) …
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 …
Motoko Rich / Media Decoder:
In Google Book Case, a Request for More Time  —  The parties to the Google book settlement, which would legalize the creation of a vast library of digital books, have asked the judge overseeing a revision of the agreement for an extension to this Friday, Nov. 13.
Discussion: paidContent
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
A new Google books settlement goes to judge tonight
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Microsoft Bing Gives WiFi Users Free Search  —  Microsoft's Bing and JiWire will announce Monday an advertising campaign, along with the results, that lets consumers gain free WiFi Internet access at participating hot spots in exchange for one search on the engine.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Tech Beat:
RIM Teams With Adobe, Announces New Blackberry Features  —  Blackberry maker Research In Motion is holding its Blackberry Developers Conference in San Francisco today, and is expected to announce some significant enhancements to its platform to give people building software for the device more features.
Chris Dixon / cdixon.org:
Presenting Founder Collective  —  As readers of this blog know, I'm a huge fan of the startup and venture capital world but also a sometimes critic of how the venture capital industry works.  For a long time I've wanted to do more than talk about this and actually start a new kind of venture firm …
Lauren Goode / Digits:
App Watch: HD Radio for the iPhone  —  Third time's a portable charm — at least, that's what iBiquity Digital, the company behind HD Radio technology, is hoping with its new app.  —  The first portable HD Radio device hit shelves through Best Buy's Insignia brand in July, followed by the launch of Microsoft's Zune HD in September.
Discussion: AppleInsider, iPodNN and Engadget
Sean Michael Kerner / 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 …
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 …
PR Newswire:
AT&T Announces New 3G LaptopConnect Device  —  AT&T USBConnect Lightning From Sierra Wireless Coming Nov. 22 for Use on Nation's Fastest 3G Network; Adds to HSPA 7.2 Portfolio  —  AT&T* today announced a new 3G LaptopConnect device from Sierra Wireless, the AT&T USBConnect Lightning …
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.
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 …
Gamasutra:
Layoffs Hit Electronic Arts Studios Tiburon, Black Box, Redwood Shores, Mythic  —  Electronic Arts issued a round of layoffs today that affected wholly-owned EA Redwood Shores, EA Tiburon, Mythic Entertainment, and EA Black Box locations, according to Gamasutra sources and web reports.
Discussion: Kotaku
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Popular iPhone App TweetDeck Gone Missing From The App Store  —  A couple of days ago, I checked if there were any updates for the applications I have installed on my iPhone, and one that was identified as having published a more recent version in the App Store was TweetDeck, the popular Twitter client for desktop and mobile.
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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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile phasing out myFaves
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
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Mitch Anderson / bizjournals:
Best Buy teams with Dr. Dre to bolster DJ offerings
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
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Skype snags chief technology strategist from Cisco
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iPhone app business on sale on eBay
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
First iPhone, now Droid. Who needs Windows?
Discussion: Computerworld
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