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6:30 PM ET, November 24, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft CFO Liddell Leaving; Replaced By Peter Klein  —  Microsoft (MSFT) this afternoon announced that CFO Chris Liddell is leaving the company at the end of 2009, and will be replaced by Peter Klein, who is now CFO of the Microsoft Business Division.  —  Liddell joined the company in May 2005 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard  —  There's a lot to like about Sony's VAIO X ultraportable - its indecently-skinny build, the engineering intelligence that went into its design, and its lengthy battery life just to name a few things - but if you're less than inspired by Windows 7 then how about a Mac OS X version?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Engadget and Electricpig
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 …
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 …
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple seeks permanent injunction to prevent Psystar sales  —  Apple this week requested a permanent injunction against clone Mac maker Psystar that would prevent it from selling machines with Mac OS X and assisting others to install the operating system on unauthorized machines.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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: Pulse2 and Internet2Go
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 MobileTechWorld
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
U.S. pumps another $620M into smart grid projects  —  Lithium ion batteries face tests in utility-scale storage  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. government has announced a second and final round of economic stimulus grants aimed at accelerating the transition to a smart electric grid.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gmail Supports Attachments Even When You Are Not Attached To The Internet  —  Gmail is furthering its offline strategy today with the announcement of the ability to include attachments in composed emails when offline.  Google says this was one of the most requested features for Offline Gmail …
Discussion: CNET News, Gmail Blog and Gizmodo
 
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's Massive Traffic Bump? Thank ABC, New TV Season
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Aseel Kami / Reuters:
Google to put ancient Iraq museum collection online
Discussion: New York Times and Digits
Leslie Meredith / LiveScience:
Color E-readers Inspired by Butterflies
Discussion: Softpedia News
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Action Replay maker sues Microsoft for Xbox 360 ‘predatory technological barriers’
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google Reader adds optional favicon support
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Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Open-Xchange opens e-mail inbox to Facebook, Twitter
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Hulu's New Embed Policy Can Only Hurt It
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Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010
 

 
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