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5:20 PM ET, December 5, 2009


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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
The rise and fall of MySpace  —  In summer 2005, having spent the best part of four decades ­building a newspaper, film and television empire, Rupert Murdoch decided that the time had come to get serious about the internet.  As founder and chairman of News Corporation …
‘Accidental’ Download Sending Man To Prison  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― A local man is likely to go to prison for years after he says he accidentally downloaded child pornography onto his computer.  —  Matthew White, 22, said he was surfing for pornography two years ago on Limewire …
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Spot 10 Balloons, Win $40,000  —  If you look up and see red weather balloons this weekend, take note.  You've unwittingly entered into a social experiment. … The Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, launched 10 balloons, each eight feet wide …
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Beware Social Media Snake Oil  —  Hordes of marketing “experts” are promoting the value of wikis, social networks, and blogs.  All the hype may obscure the real potential of these online tools  —  For business, the rising popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media Web sites presents a tantalizing opportunity.
Discussion: broadstuff and Glass House, Thanks:atul
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble's Nook gets a brief and early hands-on  —  Thanks to a very generous anonymous tipster, we've gotten a number of hands-on pics of Barnes & Noble's soon to be released (for some) Nook e-reader.  The impressions we've been given, however, weave a tale of a laggy Android interface …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Strikes Deal to Buy the Music Start-Up Lala  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the most recent sign that Apple is looking at alternative ways for people to store and play their digital music, the company has agreed to buy Lala, a four-year-old start-up based in Palo Alto, Calif., a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Confirmed: Apple Buys Music Service Lala, at a Fire Sale Price
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Traffic Plummets After Going ‘Legal’  —  After nearly five years of loyal service, Mininova deleted over a million torrent files when it partly shut down its website a week ago.  What remains are a few thousand torrents that were uploaded though its content distribution platform, which only lists uploads by approved users.
David Sasaki / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Democratizing the Geography of Information  —  As little as a year ago Google Maps had no geographic information about San Javier La Loma, a small working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Medellín where the ConVerGentes group of the HiperBarrio citizen journalism project is based.
Google Public Policy Blog:
When sources disagree: borders and place names in Google Earth and Maps  —  Collecting and sharing the most accurate information about place names and borders is a tough task that every map maker faces.  The first sources are the nations themselves, but when neighboring countries claim overlapping territories …
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Don't Create an IPhone App for the Online Buzz Factor  —  App Chatter Doesn't Build Brands, Long-term Engagement Does  —  NEW YORK ( — For all the love that marketers show iPhone apps, these micro-utilities and tools actually generate surprisingly little buzz in return.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Does Google Even Understand What News Is?  —  The art of verbal self-defense can be tricky.  Ramble on while defending yourself against critics, and you can expose yourself to new criticisms.  For a recent and clear case study in this misstep, look no further than Google's own Eric Schmidt.
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Study: MySQL use to drop under Oracle ownership  —  Survey finds that Oracle ownership would blunt demand for Sun's open source database  —  IDG News Service - Usage of the open-source MySQL database is set to decline if Oracle succeeds in buying the software's owner, Sun Microsystems …
Discussion: The Register and New York Post
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