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5:40 AM ET, December 6, 2009

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apple's Game Changer, Downloading Now  —  IAN LYNCH SMITH, a shaggy-haired ball of energy in his late 30s, beams as he ticks off some of the games that Freeverse, his little Brooklyn software company, has landed on the iPhone App Store's coveted (and ever-changing) list of best-selling downloads …
Aaron / The EtherPad Blog:
EtherPad is Back Online Until Open Sourced  —  Many of you were not super thrilled with the transition plan we announced in our last blog post, which I guess is really quite flattering.  We have worked with Google and the Google Wave team to make the following changes to the plan, which I think you will appreciate:
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Europeans shy away from Google Android phones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Operators pushed market share of cellphones running Google's software a little higher in September quarter in Western Europe, but consumers showed little interest toward them, research firm IDC said on Saturday.
Discussion: CrunchGear
ABC News:
MIT wins social networking balloon contest  —  A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won a $44,000 prize by finding the locations of 10 red balloons across the United States.  —  The competition was launched by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How Hollywood plans to keep prices up as movies go online  —  The movie business is often said to follow the lead of the music industry.  Watch what happens to music on the Internet, wait a few years, and expect that the same things will happen to Hollywood blockbusters.
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Search
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Officially Launching Chrome Extensions Next Week  —  A couple weeks ago, Google unveiled its Chrome Extensions site after clues began popping up that a full-on push for extension support in their browser was imminent.  Unfortunately, that site was only meant for extension developers …
Discussion: Erictric, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Erictric and ZDNET.com.au
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Big Portals' Battle For Local  —  The local space is heating up, with the number of hyperlocal news startups growing by the month and the big-three portals also doubling down.  Given their big traffic numbers and financial might, it's with the big portals that things could get interesting.
Thanks:atul
Guardian:
Memories of a paywall pioneer  —  Scott Rosenberg, former managing editor of US website Salon.com, on the effects of its 2001 paywall experiment  —  Beginning in early 2001 we had a Salon Premium programme that involved gating off a very small amount of content on the site …
Discussion: Techdirt
CW31:
‘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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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, Logic+Emotion and Glass House, Thanks:atul
 
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David Sasaki / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Democratizing the Geography of Information
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Does Google Even Understand What News Is?
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Study: MySQL use to drop under Oracle ownership
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Don't Create an IPhone App for the Online Buzz Factor
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Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Hit the mark with Video Targeting
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!