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6:50 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
Myofferpal / The Offerpal Media Blog:
Virtual Goods Summit '09: What an ending!
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: Communications …, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 2.0 To Elimininate The Need For ISP Throttling  —  ISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for years already.  Although the true reasons for this are not always clear, some ISPs have argued that a high number of BitTorrent connections are slowing down other applications and traffic.
Discussion: Download Squad, Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
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
Discussion: OurielOhayon
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
30 predictions for the future of Twitter  —  At the 140conf conference in LA, Jeff Pulver asked me to think about the future of Twitter and even though I obviously have no crystal ball, I took some risks and here you go, I gathered my predictions here, in the form of “tweet slides” so you might want to watch the video too.
Thanks:atul
Rachel Shields / The Independent:
Illegal downloaders ‘spend the most on music’, says poll  —  Crackdown on music piracy could further harm ailing industry  —  ‘File sharers are the ones who are really interested in music’  —  Home > News > UK > Crime  —  People who illegally download music from the internet also spend …
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
RIM posts job listing for ‘WebKit Developer,’ gets one step closer to a real browser  —  Needed some more evidence that future BlackBerrys may be getting a much needed improvement in the browser department?  You got it.  Following up on the news that Research In Motion has acquired Torch Mobile …
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 …
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Sun Trades at 14% Discount to Oracle Bid as EU Probes $7.4 Billion Deal  —  Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) — Sun Microsystems Inc. is trading at 16 percent less than Oracle Corp.'s $9.50-a-share offer price for the company, signaling some investors are concerned that European regulators may derail the purchase.
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
 
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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
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Google Navigator for Android Review: Good For Free But Far From Perfect
Discussion: MobileTechWorld and The Map Room
 Earlier Items: 
Edo Segal / TechCrunch:
For The Future Of The Media Industry, Look In The App Store
Discussion: Open Gardens
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
First Look: Apple's 27" big screen iMac