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8:30 PM ET, November 22, 2009


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Financial Times:
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact  —  Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company's being paid to “de-index” its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a ray of light to the newspaper industry.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Offers To Pay News Corp To “De-List” Itself From Google  —  Microsoft (MSFT) wants to pay News Corp (NWS) and other large publishers to de-list their Web sites from Google's (GOOG) search index, the Financial Times reports.  —  The idea is to force Google (GOOG) to pay for content, thinning its currently fat margins.
Discussion: Mashable!
Russell Beattie:
Android is splintering, just not how you think it is...  Not to be too condescending, but I think it's amusing to watch the old-school techies in the past couple years finally get around to paying attention to the mobile market that I've had been ranting about exclusively for the better part of the past decade.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
More thoughts on in-Tweet advertising  —  I believe that people who produce content should be able to make a living for producing that content.  If we want journalists, bloggers, photographers, and videographers to bring us interesting stuff that makes our lives richer, we gotta figure out a way to get them paid.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Give me ad-free conversations, or give me death (please RT)  —  Yesterday I spent the day at TechCrunch's ‘Real Time Crunch-up’.  This despite having no idea what a ‘Crunch-up’ actually is.  —  The important thing is that Erick had asked me to help moderate his panel about marketing within 'real …
Discussion: TweetMeme Blog and broadstuff
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Motorola Droid just $119 from Dell  —  We love seeing hot new smartphones getting their price tags slashed mere weeks after its initial launch.  The latest price reduction on the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Droid comes from, making it possible to put a Droid in your pocket for just $119 …
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Robots.Txt and the .Gov TLD  —  I'm on the board of CommonCrawl.Org, a nonprofit corporation that is attempting to provide a web crawl for use by all.  An interesting report just got sent to us about the use of robots.txt files within the .Gov Top Level Domain, a standard known as the Robots Exclusion Standard.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Why Are Tech Layoffs Rising in a Recovery?  —  The brutal economic downturn that's being called “The Great Recession” is, at least in a technical sense, over.  Online advertising and IT spending are inching back up, and many tech companies have seen their stock prices more than double from the lows reached in March.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lady Gaga Earns Slightly More From Spotify Than Piracy  —  In August, Swedish artist and composer Magnus Uggla launched a scathing attack on the owners of Spotify.  After discovering that Sony BMG is a shareholder and receiving virtually no cash from his music being played there …
Discussion: The Next Web and p2pnet
Memex 1.1:
Can Twitter users link out?  —  Well, blow me down!  No sooner do I publish a column about suspicions that Facebook was de-linking incoming tweets before converting them into status updates than I find this post by Dave Winer. … Yep.  Most of the people I follow on Twitter use the service in much the same way.
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Microsoft Surface Rises at PDC  —  Microsoft's Surface tabletop computer team has graduated from being a pet project of founder Bill Gates to a group that stands up on its own, and contributes back into other parts of Microsoft.  —  That is the impression that I left with after meeting …
Discussion: PC World
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Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Will the ‘smartbook’ be a better Netbook?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
VideoLobby Wants To Help You Create Your Own Custom-Branded Live Webcasts
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
What wowed the crowd at Web 2.0 Expo
Discussion: Twist Image
 Earlier Items: 
Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
Screening The News  —  Editor's note: Today, being a news …
Discussion: Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog, Thanks:atul
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog: traffic down? Seesmic Web is +30%/month
Discussion:, Android Central and eMarketer, Thanks:seesmic
Matt / WordPress Publisher Blog:
WordPress and Windows Azure
Discussion: and The Blog Herald
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem
Discussion: and Liliputing