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Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
The DoubleClick Ad Exchange: growing the display advertising pie for everyone  —  Hundreds of thousands of advertisers use search advertising — short, highly relevant text ads alongside search results on Google and other search engines — to grow their businesses.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Google Finally Links AdWords To DoubleClick  —  Google is ready to fully leap into the display ad market, arguing it can do for that category what it has done for search.  Ever since its $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick two years ago, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has promised to make it easy …
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
New York Times:
Google Aims to Wrest Display Ads From Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is pushing for a second act.  —  The company has built its fortune almost entirely on the back of small text ads, which appear alongside its search results and on sites across the Web.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Abandons Windows Mobile  —  Another one bites the dust.  A few months ago, Motorola's consumer handset division said they were ditching Windows Mobile for an all-Android approach.  In an earnings call today (transcribed by Business Insider), Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein said the makers …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Imitation Isn't Always Flattery: Microsoft Previews Google Apps Killer To Beta Testers  —  Imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery, and this is certainly the case for Microsoft in the development and launch of its web-based browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Boss Hangs Up on Landline Phone Business  —  Roll over in your grave, Alexander Graham Bell.  —  That was in effect what Ivan Seidenberg, the chief executive of Verizon Communications — one of the largest descendents of the old Bell System — declared Thursday morning.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Facebook Pages in Seesmic Desktop 0.6  —  Facebook Pages  —  We're excited to share with you a new feature that will allow Seesmic Desktop to access and manage your Facebook Pages.  In version 0.6, you now can view and manage any Facebook Page you follow.
Bikash Agarwalla Today / Facebook Blog:
Log In with Your Facebook Username  —  A couple of months ago, we made it easier for people to find and connect with each other by using Facebook usernames.  Beginning today, you also will be able to log in to your Facebook account with your username from any Web browser, mobile phone or Facebook Connect-enabled website.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
On Demand Books Turns Google's eBook Archive Back Into Paperbacks  —  When you think about Google Books, chances are that you are thinking about eBooks and searching books on your desktop.  Starting today, however, On Demand Books, the makers of the Espresso Book Machine …
Digits:
A Case for Valuing Twitter at $2.7 Billion  —  From Deal Journal's Michael Corkery:  —  Another day, another Twitter valuation.  The latest one being bandied about for the popular site is $1 billion. … Of course, there is a long history of famously overvalued Internet start-up businesses.
Discussion: WebProNews and NBC Bay Area, Thanks:jeremyfelt
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Memo to Start-ups: You're Supposed to Be Changing the World, Remember?  —  I did interviews with most of the TechCrunch50 experts backstage and there was a common gripe about the companies launching there: Not enough passion, not enough swinging for the fences, not enough trying to change the world.
Discussion: graffitigeo's posterous, Thanks:atul
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Google CEO questions Murdoch's online pay plan  —  CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) - Publishers of general news would find it hard to charge for their content online because too much free content is available, the chief executive of Google Inc said on Thursday.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Staci D. Kramer / mocoNews:
WSJ Mobile Pay Plans Start Next Month; Includes Browser Access
Kate Harding / Jezebel:
“Mommy Blogger” Heather Armstrong Monetizes The Hate [Crap E-mail From World]  —  Regular readers of Dooce know that blogger Heather B. Armstrong gets a whole lot of hate mail.  Yesterday, she launched a site featuring entertaining examples of it, surrounded by advertisements galore: A little something she calls Monetizing the Hate.
Garry Tan / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Posterous Theming: It's here, it's live, and it's time to make your site yours!  —  Posterous is proud to announce the ability to change the look and feel of your Posterous blog!  It's been a long time coming, and are we ever excited about releasing this feature to you guys today.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Dell's New Laptop  —  Dell thinks recession-weary companies are finally ready to upgrade their technology.  It has a pricey laptop to entice them.  —  In Texas they do everything big, even obsolescence.  Take the abandoned Dell desktop computer factory just a few miles from its Round Rock headquarters.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact  —  The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that Google Inc. struck with book authors and publishers over the rights to distribute digital copies of certain works, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
State AGs on Google Books settlement: We object
Discussion: MarketWatch and Search Engine Land
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Big Advertising Experiment Drives New Revenue  —  On Tuesday, Facebook said it had become “free cash flow positive” this past quarter — meaning the company is financing its own growth rather than using investor money.  But why is revenue growing?
Thanks:atul
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Interview: Facebook's Wable: What The Company Has In Store For Search  —  Last month, Facebook unveiled a major update to its search service that let users find status updates, photos, links, and videos, instead of just entries for profiles and groups.  The speculation here (and elsewhere) …
Thanks:atul
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
IE program manager endorses HTML 5 multimedia tags  —  On Wednesday, Google's Mark Pilgrim published episode 35 of This Week in HTML 5, a series of articles that he is writing at the WHATWG blog to document the progress of the Web standards effort.  In this episode, he praises Microsoft's Adrian Bateman …
Martin Gordon:
So I Got A Call From An App Store Reviewer  —  The latest update to Flickup was rejected last week because of an admittedly semi-sketchy keyword (I had mentioned a competitor in my keywords).  I fixed the keyword issue, and because of some confusion on my part surrounding the amendment process, I uploaded a new binary as well.
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:pospischil
Microsoft On The Issues:
Bad Ad: Going After The Malvertising Threat  —  Associate General Counsel  —  Today, Microsoft filed five civil lawsuits, the first of their kind against a nasty phenomenon known as malvertising.  That's the industry term for malicious online advertising.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Snow Leopard's Grand Central, Open CL boost app by 50%  —  A developer reports seeing a 50% jump in real world performance after adding initial support for two new Snow Leopard technologies: Grand Central Dispatch and Open CL.  —  As reported by the French site HardMac …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook lets users decide who has the Golan Heights  —  As Facebook ramps up its growth abroad, it will have to contend with more highly-charged political conflicts.  One of them is how to manage disputed territories like the Golan Heights, a mountainous region connecting Israel to Syria that was captured by Israel in 1967.
Discussion: Al Bawaba and J. Weekly
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Customers Unhappy With Early Clearwire Launches - Poor customer support, low speeds, and high latency...  We've been watching WiMax backer Intel's marketing department drum up deafening hype about the technology for the better part of a decade, initially calling WiMax “the most important thing since the Internet itself.”
Discussion: dailywireless.org
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia brings Braille to SMS
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bahama Botnet Discovered as Source of Click Fraud Surge
Discussion: Computerworld
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Sniffing Around Web Chat Startups
Discussion: GMSV and AppScout
David F. Carr / Baseline:
Smarter Search for South Park
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Don't Tweet On Me  —  Twitter shows that stupid stuff sells.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Waxman Throws Support to Network Neutrality
 Earlier Items: 
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
HP DreamScreen: Absolutely Not an Apple Tablet Rival
Discussion: TeleRead and Gadget Lab
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft: Students to get Windows 7 for £30/$30
The NPD Group:
Snow Leopard Leaps Out of the Gate: Sales for Latest Apple OS Far …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Music publishers: iTunes not paying fair share