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10:45 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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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Is Google Gearing Up To Buy A Second Mobile Ad Network?  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) may be paying $750 million in stock for AdMob, but even once the acquisition closes, it will continue to have a significant hole in its mobile advertising offerings.  —  That's because neither Google or AdMob …
Discussion: Google and The Precursor Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   AdMob Is “Approaching A $100 Million” …
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google's AdMob Buy Among VC Industry's Largest This Year
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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 …
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
Rupert Murdoch to Block Google = Smart = Twitter has changed it all.  —  Rupert Murdoch has said that his Newscorp sites are going to block Google indexes.  Of course, all the netizens freak out when this happens.  Which I love.  —  I love to tweak all the internet information must be free bigots.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why An Exclusive Wall Street Journal Deal Wouldn't Help Bing
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
mUmBRELLA:
Murdoch: We'll probably remove our sites from Google's index
AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.2 with guest account bug fix  —  Apple's second update for Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6.2, was officially released Monday afternoon, fixing a number of issues including a guest account bug that could potentially delete a user's account data.
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.
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   Yahoo Joins The Free-WiFi Marketing Bandwagon
Laura Melahn / The Official Google Blog:
Fifty states of Street View  —  In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state admitted to the union.  Today, 50 years later, we're including Hawaii as the 50th state in Street View on Google Maps.  With our imagery of Oahu and Maui, you can now take a virtual vacation to white sandy beaches …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Tech Beat:
RIM Teams With Adobe, Shows 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.
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Droid OTA Update Coming December 11th?  —  The Motorola Droid was launched less than a week ago but we're already eying a December 11th OTA update that will cure a defined list of software issues.  Defined by who, you ask?  Verizon Wireless themselves.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Buy Any Company In Under 5 Seconds, Courtesy Of LinkedIn  —  A not so well thought-out feature - or defect - allows any LinkedIn user to indicate the company they work for has acquired, merged with or become a division of another company without any third-party verification whatsoever.
Tom / Tom's MAD Blog:
Apple Rejects My Caricature App  —  Just yesterday I was complaining about how Apple sometimes treats its customers as if they were stupid.  —  I had no idea how right I was.  —  Back in the late summer movie director/entrepreneur Ray Griggs, for whom I did all that art for his movie …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Macworld and TG Daily
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile phasing out myFaves  —  T-Mobile USA is quietly phasing out the use of its myFaves calling feature in the wake of the introduction of its new unlimited plans, the company said in a statement provided to FierceWireless.  While it is not dropping support for customers who already use …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteStart:
Rdio: First Screenshots Leaked of Skype Founders' New Music Service  —  We've been lucky enough to get our hands on leaked screenshots from one version of Rdio, the forthcoming music app from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  Zennstrom and Friis …
Discussion: The Next Web Appetite
Wei Zhu / Facebook Developers:
Start Building with the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform  —  We're excited to announce our official support for the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform, which Microsoft released today.  This SDK contains rich social features and offers something for almost any kind of Facebook developer …
Discussion: The Silverlight Blog, CNET News and InfoWorld, Thanks:atul
Gamasutra:
Report: Layoffs Hit EA Studios Including Tiburon, Black Box, Redwood Shores, Mythic  —  [UPDATE: As part of its quarterly financial results, Electronic Arts issued a statement confirming it will lay off 1,500 workers by April 2010.]  —  Gamasutra has learned that major third-party publisher …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint to cut 2,000 to 2,500 jobs  —  Sprint Nextel said it will cut 2,000 to 2,500 positions in the fourth quarter in an effort to save $350 million.  —  The cuts will be completed by Dec. 31.  —  According to a statement, Sprint will cut jobs across the company, including its wholesale unit and contractors.
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 …
Kevinthau / Twitter Blog:
SMS for AXIS Indonesia  —  As director of mobile products and partnerships at Twitter, one thing thing that always makes me smile is the growing demand for sending and receiving tweets via SMS.  The ease of composing a text message combined with the “interuptiveness” of getting an alert …
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: Engadget and iPodNN
NEWS.com.au:
Coke gets canned over SMS spammings  —  Coke has been warned over spam texts that didn't have an “unsubscribe” option.  Picture: File.  —  COCA-COLA has been issued with a formal warning over a spam marketing campaign but it was spared a monetary penalty, unlike the three other companies involved.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Microsoft Makes Case for Upgrade to Exchange 2010  —  Microsoft is emphasizing the potentially money-saving features of Exchange 2010, the latest revamp of its e-mail application officially released Monday at its TechEd European customer conference in Berlin.
Reuters:
Google says won't give Clearwire more financing  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc said on Monday that it could best help wireless service provider Clearwire Corp by cooperating on products and strategy rather than giving it more financial assistance.  —  Google is among several investors …
 
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