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12:45 PM ET, November 23, 2009

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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 …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
iPhone App Developers Walk
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Financial Times:
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles, Richard Waters in San Francisco and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York  —  Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company being paid to “de-index” …
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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.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Black Friday 2009 Sale  —  As expected, Apple has announced that they will be holding a one day shopping event on Friday, November 27th.  In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday”, which is historically one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MSNBC.com Taking Over @BreakingNews Twitter Feed; Signs On As BNO News' First Client  —  Well, it isnât exactly the acquisition I was hoping for, but close, and probably for the better: BNO News, of the popular @BreakingNews Twitter feed and the BNO iPhone app, is launching …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AdMob Data Reveals Android's Growth, Device Market Share  —  AdMob, a mobile advertising network, which has been releasing mobile metrics for a while now and touting the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch metrics as headlines, is instead focusing on RIM, Symbian, Android and even Windows Mobile devices …
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Platform: Open for Business  —  Over fifty million users entrust their professional identities and relationships with LinkedIn, helping build LinkedIn into the largest global professional network today.  However, professionals around the world use a wide variety of applications …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Expands Its Reach, but Still Can't Get to the U.S.  —  Another expansion for Spotify, the much-hyped European streaming music service: It's now going to be available on Nokia (NOK) phones and other handsets that run the Symbian platform.  That's good, because the service is supposed to work best as a mobile play.
Discussion: PC World and 901am
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Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Nokia gets Spotify mobile phone music app
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Human Resources Application Zoho Recruit  —  Web-based productivity suite Zoho is launching a new product today, Zoho Recruit.  A niche product, Zoho Recruit, is an application designed to help HR Departments and staffing agencies management recruitment.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and pluGGd.in
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Why go Pro when iMac goes faster?  —  Core i5 and i7 iMacs bring Mac Pro speed to mainstream Macs  —  The Mac Pro has always been something of a niche product, appealing mainly to those who need vast amounts of internal storage (thanks to its four drive bays), expansion (three PCI Express slots) or memory (32GB on eight core models).
Wall Street Journal:
Volunteers Log Off As Wikipedia Ages  —  Wikipedia.org is the fifth-most-popular Web site in the world, with roughly 325 million monthly visitors.  But unprecedented numbers of the millions of online volunteers who write, edit and police it are quitting.  —  That could have significant implications …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Microsoft's Bing Gets ‘Stickier,’ Grabs More Local Dollars  —  But Will It Keep Gains When Its $100 Million Campaign Stops Running?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Bing has a long way to go to catch Google, but six months after the site's launch, the numbers show it's heading in the right direction.
Discussion: Local Onliner and Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu to Users: Tag, You're It  —  Hulu took a step toward crowdsourcing its classification and discovery capabilities this morning, adding the ability for users to add tags to videos.  —  The online video site added a “Tags” tab alongside its “Reviews” and “Discussion” sections …
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Data Robotics introduces 5-bay Drobo S, enterprise-ready DroboElite  —  Data Robotics has been quietly raking in the dough (and trying to match up supply with demand) ever since it launched its 8-bay DroboPro back in April, and now the company is making yet another bold move: doubling its product line.
Tom Zeller Jr / Green Inc.:
Google Says It Doesn't Want to Be a Utility  —  Ed Lu, the former astronaut and now program manager for advanced products at Google, wants to be clear: Google is not interested in competing with utilities.  —  “We are not in the business of providing electric power,” Mr. Lu said in a discussion …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Newspaper circulation may be worse than it looks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While U.S. newspapers are losing subscribers at a staggering rate, a few dailies stand out because their circulation is rising.  But they aren't necessarily selling more copies.  —  Here's why: Since April 1 …
 
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Dave Altavilla / HotHardware.com News:
New York's Deputy CIO Looks To Consoles For New Emergency Alert System
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Taptu Brings Real-Time Search to Android
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Experts Say Facebook, Zynga Have Defense To ‘Scam’ Ads Lawsuit
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Chrome OS, babies, and bathwater
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Interviews (The Very Happy) Skype CEO Josh Silverman
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
The First Desktop Application to have AdSense Ads is Google Earth
Discussion: Download Squad
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Ringz: First (free) Android app with in-app purchase
Richard Bennett / GigaOM:
How Video Is Changing the Internet
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel and Sprout launch a consumer-powered Facebook promotion
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Soon To Enable You To Comment On Status Updates Via E-mail
Discussion: Software Journal
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Shared Supercomputing and Everyday Research
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
EarthLink Customers Suffer Email Outages
Discussion: DSLreports
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Microsoft Surface Rises at PDC
Discussion: SitePoint and PC World
 

 
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