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5:15 AM ET, November 23, 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.
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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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Thoughts On A “Killer” Bing-News Corp Deal & The Myth Of An “OPEC For News”  —  It's back, the prospect that Microsoft might try to make Rupert Murdoch happy by offering a “get listed with Bing” exclusive deal.  Later, I'll revisit the topic in a coordinated fashion.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Schiller Defends iPhone App Approval Process  —  In his first wide-ranging interview on the matter, the Apple senior vice-president explains his company's App Store vigilance—and why it sometimes loosens up  —  Apple (AAPL) is under fire from some developers for the way it vets applications …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Apple Core
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the New AOL Logo: “Aol.”  (Plus the Press Release)  —  The new AOL will differ than the old one in several ways: New boss, smaller headcount, different owners.  —  So, of course, it also gets a new logo.  This one will look awfully familiar, since it is the same trio of well-known letters …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Armstrong On AOL's New Branding And ‘Very, Very, Very Inexpensive’ Campaign  —  The glimpse AOL (NYSE: TWX) offered late Sunday night of its new branding campaign looked more like icons for AIM, not a branding campaign for a company on the verge of reinvention.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Video: Roku Launches Channel Store with Facebook Photos, Pandora and More  —  Roku vice president of marketing Chuck Seiber only gave us a teeny-tiny sneak-peek at the new Roku Channel Store at NewTeeVee Live couple weeks back, but the company officially launched the feature along with ten new free channels today.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's a First: Man Arrested for Not Using Twitter  —  Terrifying?  Inevitable?  Harbinger?  In any case, it's a first: Police in Long Island, New York, have arrested a man for not using Twitter.  —  Someone named Justin Bieber, who apparently is a teenage singer, was supposed to appear …
Chester Wisniewski / Chester Wisniewski's Blog:
Another iPhone worm - and this time it's malicious  —  I had guessed we would see a dangerous incarnation of worm for the iPhone within a week of the 5 Euro scam that Graham blogged about on November 3rd.  Fortunately my predictions were wrong, and we made it almost 3 weeks before someone succumbed …
Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Nokia gets Spotify mobile phone music app  —  Handsets come with music... again  —  Spotify has announced that its mobile phone app is now available on the Symbian platform, offering up the music streaming service to a whole host of Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung handsets.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
iPhone App Developers Walk  —  Software programmers are designing apps for the Google-backed Android operating system, fired by frustration with Apple's rejections and delays  —  Programmers at Ubermind are diversifying their app store loyalties.  Once the company's mobile-phone software developers trained …
 
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