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4:15 PM ET, November 1, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville: The Social Gaming Ecosystem Of Hell  —  Last weekend I wrote about how the big social gaming companies are making hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue on Facebook and MySpace through games like Farmville and Mobsters.  Major media can't stop applauding the companies long enough …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video of Arrington-Shukla fight highlights controversy of special offers  —  TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington and Offerpal Media chief executive Anu Shukla got into a brouhaha over special offers, which are used to monetize social apps on social networks, at the close of the Virtual Goods Summit on Friday.
Myofferpal / The Offerpal Media Blog:
Virtual Goods Summit '09: What an ending!
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
Google Redefines Disruption: The “Less Than Free” Business Model  —  I like to think of myself as an aficionado of business disruption.  After all, as a venture capitalist it is imperative to understand ways in which a smaller private company can gain the upper hand on a large incumbent.
Discussion: Internet2Go, Thanks:atul
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Using Twitter Lists to Judge Influence  —  If you've used Twitter for awhile, you know that judging the influence of a Twitter user by their number of followers is a dicey proposition.  Lots of Twitter users are obsessed with their number of followers, and work to inflate their stats in ways too numerous to mention here.
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Spam Arrives In Twitter Lists  —  Spam expands to fill all corners, Twitter being no exception.  We now have a confirmed example, via my Twitter account, of spam lists being created to promote a single user, the propagator of those lists.  —  Here is the spam list, not very subtle:
Discussion: OurielOhayon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developers: the best smart phone platform is?  —  I was talking with Loic Le Meur, CEO and founder of Seesmic, the other night and he was saying that he's running his business by looking at the numbers, not listening to the hype.  He told me that the iPhone isn't the only platform out there …
epiZENter.net:
Creative's next big thing is a Zii MediaBook  —  In what was thought to be just another Annual General Meeting, Creative surprised many by announcing its plan of entering the e-book market.  Displaying a working model of its first e-book reader - tentatively named the MediaBook (no …
Chris V. Nicholson / New York Times:
Virtual Estates Lead to Real-World Headaches  —  PARIS — Two avatars, Leto Yoshiro and Enchant Jacques, met in the virtual world of Second Life in 2005.  They married online the same year and built a house together on an island they had brought out of the waves that covered much of that world.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
P2P snafu blows lid on secret Congress probes  —  A confidential memo from one of the most secretive panels in Congress was leaked on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, publicly detailing sensitive probes involving more than 30 lawmakers and aides.  —  The release of the report …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Leaked docs show HTC's DROID Eris launching on November 6th for $99, running Android 1.5  —  Like it or not, we've got it on pretty reasonable authority that HTC's first “DROID” phone is nothing more than a rebadged, shape-shifted Hero (something we've been hearing for a while now) …
Edo Segal / TechCrunch:
For The Future Of The Media Industry, Look In The App Store  —  The following guest post was written by Edo Segal (@edosegal).  —  Media scarcity is dead.  In the future my son will have a flash drive that he will pay $29 for that will have the capacity to hold all movies and music ever released …
Discussion: Open Gardens
Washington Post:
Yes, journalists deserve subsidies too  —  President Obama, a self-declared “big newspaper junkie,” fears he might be forced to go cold turkey.  “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context …
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Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
The Only ‘Journalism’ Subsidy We Need is in Bandwidth
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Google Navigator for Android Review: Good For Free But Far From Perfect  —  As you know, Google's freebie turn-by-turn navigation app for Android 2.0 surfaced this week.  After driving around our patented testing track for a few days, I can tell you what's great—and what's surprisingly bad—about it.
 
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Sun Trades at 14% Discount to Oracle Bid as EU Probes $7.4 Billion Deal
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Keller's Guess: NYT “Within Weeks Of Decision” On Charging For Online
Discussion: New York Times and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Ribbit, BT Is Rethinking Its Voice Business
Discussion: Voice on the Web and VoIP Watch, Thanks:atul
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
First Look: Apple's 27" big screen iMac
Sang Tang / TUAW:
Seinfeld back with the Mac in latest Curb episode
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Ex-MySpace CEO wants to gamble on social games
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Former YouSendIt CEO Busted By Feds For DOS Retribution
Discussion: TUAW and The Register