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4:40 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 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.
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Google's AdMob Buy Among VC Industry's Largest This Year
Discussion: PC World
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Looks to Dominate iPhone and Android Advertising With AdMob Acquisition
Discussion: CNET News and The SiliconANGLE
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Playfish COO: On Joining EA, And Possibly Creating A Cross-Platform Virtual Currency
Discussion: Digital Daily, Thanks:josephtartakoff
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 …
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.
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, AppleInsider and iPodNN
Tom / Tom's MAD Blog:
Apple Rejects My Caricature App  —  Just yesterday I was complaning about how Apple sometimes treats it's 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com expands use of free shipping with new denim store  —  The ink is barely dry on Amazon.com's purchase of online shoe retailer Zappos, but already Amazon is taking a page from the Zappos playbook.  Amazon just launched an online denim shop offering free shipping and free returns on various brands of jeans.
Discussion: Kindle Review
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 …
Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Discussion: FierceDeveloper
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.
Gamasutra:
Report: Layoffs Hit EA Studios Including Tiburon, Black Box, Redwood Shores, Mythic  —  Gamasutra has learned that major third-party publisher Electronic Arts issued a round of layoffs across its studios ahead of its earnings call this afternoon, with locations including EA Redwood Shores, Tiburon, Mythic, and Black Box affected.
Discussion: paidContent, Joystiq and Kotaku
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Netflix Model for Haute Couture  —  For many women, a $1,000 dress is something they admire in the pages of a glossy magazine or see draped on the frame of a celebrity — not an item hanging in their closet.  —  But a nascent Web site called Rent the Runway is hoping to make high-end fashions …
Discussion: Inc.com
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Popular iPhone App TweetDeck Gone Missing From The App Store
Discussion: App Advice and The iPhone Blog
Barbara DeLollis / USA Today:
Hilton guests get handy new apps
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype snags chief technology strategist from Cisco
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
iPhone app business on sale on eBay
Discussion: mocoNews
Reuters:
Nokia to replace 14 mln chargers of China's BYD
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Refining the Twitter Explosion
Discussion: Beth's Blog, Thanks:atul
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Empty MySpace office blow for News Corp
Discussion: paidContent and BloggingStocks
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Confusion on Where Money Lent via Kiva Goes
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Still Not Allowing VoIP Calls Over 3G
Discussion: Post Tech and VoIP Watch
 

 
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