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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
News Corp. - If You de-Index Will They Still Come?  —  Two weeks ago we posted on Rupert Murdoch's threat to block Google from Indexing News Corp. content.  While at first it seemed as though Murdoch was merely posturing with hypotheticals, reports continue to indicate that News Corp …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Under The Hood: Google News & Ranking Stories
Discussion: Daggle, Thanks:atul
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Core i7 iMacs showing up DOA — including ours  —  Apple's new Core i7-based iMac might be a performance monster, but it looks like the whole family's having some problems getting out of the gate: in addition to the previously-noted performance issues with the Core 2 Duo models …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Creates Dual-Class Stock Structure  —  Facebook Inc. has established a dual class stock structure, a move that helps lay the groundwork for an eventual initial public offering.  —  The company is in the process of converting all current shareholders to Class B stock …
Mark Harris / Times of London:
The Googlephone: Google gears up for attack on mobile-phone market  —  The internet giant is about to launch a system offering free calls - along with the mother of all handsets.  —  Google is gearing up for an all-out assault on the mobile-phone market that will include a new …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Time Inc.'s Squires Assembles Team of Rivals to Harness Digital Media  —  Some of the magazine industry's biggest names are on the verge of forming a new company that would allow them to take the digital future into their own hands.  —  The company would make up one of the biggest alliances …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader  —  Amazon on Tuesday said it has improved the battery life of the Kindle and added a native PDF reader.  —  The statement appears to be timed to get holiday shoppers off the fence about the Kindle as rivals like Barnes & Noble …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Millions using social media on Xbox Live  —  Microsoft on Monday said that millions of Xbox Live members have used the new social-media features that the company pushed live a week ago.  —  In June, Microsoft announced it would begin offering Xbox Live users access to Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm.
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
New search ad formats  —  At Google, we're committed to giving you the information you want — regardless of the form in which it might appear.  —  Text is often useful, but sometimes videos and pictures are a more effective way to receive information.  For example, if you want to learn a magic trick …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Leaked Video: Swyping Versus iPhone Typing.  (Swype For Android Is Next).  —  A year ago, Swype launched a new way to type on a touchscreen phone at TechCrunch50.  Swype was created by the inventor of the T9 predictive typing system used on most phones today because he felt that new text input methods …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Joost Finally Acquired, By Online Ad Network Adconion  —  So Joost's been put out of its misery and its assets have been acquired by Santa Monica, CA-based online ad network Adconion Media Group.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but likely would have been pennies on the dollar …
Jared Newman / PC World:
Apple iPhone Ad Succeeds Where AT&T Fails  —  Apple's jumping into the battle that sees Verizon Wireless and AT&T flaming each other in advertisements, but unlike AT&T's recent effort to defend itself, Apple's new pair of iPhone ads are actually good.  —  To recap, Verizon fired the first volley …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Search Box Gets Smarter  —  Yahoo has announced a new set of features for its Search Assist service that makes the Yahoo search box a lot smarter.  —  Perhaps the main innovation here is the inclusion of content and information right inside the Search Assist dropdown.
Discussion: AppScout and ResourceShelf
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook co-founder's Asana raises $9M from Benchmark, Andreessen-Horowitz  —  Asana, the productivity management startup from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and lead engineer Justin Rosenstein, has raked in $9 million from Benchmark Capital and Andreessen-Horowitz.
New York Times:
Price War Brews Between Amazon and Wal-Mart  —  Ali had Frazier.  Coke has Pepsi.  The Yankees have the Red Sox.  —  Now Wal-Mart, the mightiest retail giant in history, may have met its own worthy adversary: Amazon.com.  —  In what is emerging as one of the main story lines …
Discussion: I4U News and Digital Trends, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Achtung!  Google Analytics is illegal, say German government officials  —  [Germany] Several federal and regional government officials in Germany are trying to put a ban on Google Analytics, the search giant's free software product that allows website owners and publishers to get detailed statistics …
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox:
Best Buy adds $197 HP laptop to Black Friday lineup  —  Best Buy on Tuesday announced that it will bolster its Black Friday deals with a $197 HP laptop.  —  Available in-store beginning Friday, Nov. 27, the HP laptop features an Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2GB memory and a 160GB hard drive.
Discussion: TFTS and I4U News
Samir / bountii.com:
Negative Cashback from Bing Cashback  —  In a recent post that Microsoft made me take down, I wrote about some security holes in Bing Cashback.  While technical flaws are somewhat interesting to me, most Bountii users don't really care about them.  Starting today, I'll write about some non-technical flaws in Bing Cashback.
Bill Gorman / TVbytheNumbers:
TiVo Loses 314,000 Subscribers, Worst Quarterly Subscriber Fall Yet, Now Below 3 Million  —  TiVo Loses 314,000 Subscribers vs. 146,000 in Previous Quarter Even by the standards of its continuing loss of subscribers, the last quarter was a particularly bad one for TiVo.
Discussion: bizjournals
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Major Intel chip upgrade coming to new Netbooks  —  Intel is set to announce the biggest makeover for its Atom processor since it was introduced back in the spring of 2008.  And PC makers are ready with new Netbook models, some due before the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in January.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
E-tailers snagged in marketing ‘scam’ blame customers  —  First the good news for consumers: the U.S. government's investigation into how dozens of well-known online stores worked with controversial marketers to “deceive” customers out of $1.4 billion has prompted some retailers …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you  —  The mobile industry is now completing a huge shift in its attitude toward mobile data.  Until pretty recently, the prevailing attitude among mobile operators was that data was a disappointment.  It had been hyped for a decade …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Local Shopping Search Engine Milo Gets $4 Million From Mint's Patzer, Others  —  Milo, a startup betting that Americans will be as likely to use the internet to inform purchases at local stores as to replace them, has raised $4 million from a roster of big name investors.
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Micro-blogging site Twitter is interested in making more acquisitions as it continues to grow in popularity, co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday.  —  “That is something we are definitely interested in,” Stone told a news conference in Tel Aviv.
Jason Robitaille / PreCentral.net:
Precorder Enters Alpha Testing Phase  —  Those following the PreCentral video recording thread will know this has been a long time coming.  Back before webOS 1.3.1, video recording was a pipe dream and would require a lot of work to get done in a successful, safe manner.  —  However, webOS 1.3.1 changed all that.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Siri raises $15.5M more for virtual personal assistant  —  For those of you awaiting the next generation of personal assistants, San Jose startup Siri, who's product aims to be a virtual personal assistant (VPA), has just raised $15.5 million in round two funding from Menlo Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures says VentureWire.
Discussion: Internet2Go
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu's New Embed Policy Can Only Hurt It  —  Before Hulu even had a name or its current management team, it had distribution partners: AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo.  —  All along, one of Hulu's most distinctive and friendly features has been that all its content is embeddable.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Techdirt
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox:
HP debuts iPAQ Glisten, 3G Windows Mobile 6.5 world phone on AT&T  —  The iPAQ is back.  (To some, it never left.)  —  HP and AT&T on Tuesday announced the new iPAQ Glisten, a 3G world phone with an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen powered by Windows Mobile 6.5.
Discussion: AT&T and WMExperts
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Action Replay maker sues Microsoft for Xbox 360 ‘predatory technological barriers’  —  Microsoft's Xbox 360 is no longer compatible with the first — and only — third party memory card, Datel's Max Memory, after the distribution of a Dashboard software update.  In response, Datel has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.
 
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Leslie Meredith / LiveScience:
Color E-readers Inspired by Butterflies
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
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Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Open-Xchange opens e-mail inbox to Facebook, Twitter
AppleInsider:
Apple and Live Nation debut iTunes live music program
Discussion: Digital Daily, MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
HootSuite lets you schedule status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
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BBC:
Protests grow over digital bill
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple iPhone eats up 50% share of all mobile data traffic globally
 

 
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