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4:45 AM ET, November 2, 2009

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TechCrunch:
How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider's Confession  —  Last night we wrote about the lead generation scams within social gaming networks.  This is a guest post by Dennis Yu, the CEO of BlitzLocal, a privately held 50 person advertising agency in Denver, Colorado, specializing …
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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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video of Arrington-Shukla fight highlights controversy of special offers
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Next Hot e-Reader: The iPhone  —  Yesterday at the urging of a friend, I ordered “Your Brain at Work” by David Rock on my iPod touch via the Amazon Kindle app.  In doing so, I became one of many people who are helping the iPhone become more than just a phone.  It's latest role: e-reader.
Discussion: blog.flurry.com, VentureBeat and Sidecut Reports, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype, Founders Settlement in the Works  —  The ongoing legal scuffle between Skype, a division of eBay, and its founders, Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, may soon see a resolution, according to someone familiar with the situation.  The parties are in discussions to resolve the various issues.
Discussion: Softpedia News, 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 …
George Hotz / On the iPhone:
An Information Campaign  —  I have an unlock for 05.11.07.  I will be releasing on 11/04/09, for $0.00  —  First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000.  Why?  Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum.  You make money selling freeware; that's not cool …
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
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Confused about Google Wave?  Now you can read the bleeping manual.  —  Google Wave is an innovative new communication tool, but part of innovation is that it's not always intuitive to use.  Early adopters have been jumping into Wave with little guidance on how to take advantage of all its features.
Discussion: Mashable!
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
FeedDemon no longer owned by NewsGator  —  The story of how NewsGator attempted to corner the market on consumer RSS has taken another strange turn.  In an interview with Steven Hodson published on Hodson's Shooting at Bubbles site, Bradbury admits that he is no longer employed by NewsGator …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Scan Your Business Cards On The Go With Business Card Reader  —  Startups like Bump Technologies, which recently got some funding, and My Name is E are trying to kill the paper business card, but even in 2009, many of us, including myself, still use business cards.
Discussion: AccMan
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
RIM posts job listing for ‘WebKit Developer,’ gets one step closer to a real browser
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Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Spam Arrives In Twitter Lists
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