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6:30 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: Silicon Alley Insider
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Digits and Technovia
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
Discussion: Digital Daily, Thanks:josephtartakoff
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.
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 …
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Oracle Receives European Union Objections Over Sun Purchase  —  Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Oracle Corp., the world's biggest maker of database software, was told by European Union regulators that its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. may break antitrust rules.
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:   U.S. says Oracle, Sun deal does not hurt competition
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.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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: mocoNews, TmoNews and FierceDeveloper
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
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.
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: Macworld, 9 to 5 Mac and Technologizer
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.
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Mobile Firefox has a new logo: Furry fetishists rejoice!  —  You are looking at the new logo for Firefox Mobile: The Pocketfox!  —  It looks more like some Harry Potter fan-art in my opinion — someone with a Fawkes the Phoenix fetish — but no matter!  It's cute and very vibrant.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Electricpig.co.uk
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 …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Supreme Court patent case could be critical to Amazon's 1-Click  —  The U.S. Supreme Court today began hearing a case that could be key to the future of Amazon.com's controversial 1-Click patent.  The justices heard oral arguments in the so-called Bilski case, which revolves around two men …
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:
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) …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web Appetite, Thanks:enauzer
 
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Droid OTA Update Coming December 11th?
Discussion: PC World and Mobile Knots
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jim Duffy / Network World:
Cisco extends Tandberg deal deadline
Wei Zhu / Facebook Developers:
Start Building with the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform
Discussion: InfoWorld, Thanks:atul
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A Netflix Model for Haute Couture
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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
Reuters:
Nokia to replace 14 mln chargers of China's BYD
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Refining the Twitter Explosion
Discussion: TechCrunch and Beth's Blog, Thanks:atul
 

 
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