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10:50 AM ET, November 8, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“Horrible Things” Slink Back Into Zynga  —  Just five days ago Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said mobile subscriptions, among other scammy offers, would be removed from Zynga's popular Facebook and MySpace games.  “We have also removed all mobile ads until we see any that offer clear user value,” he said.
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: After Fort Hood, another example of how ‘citizen journalists’ can't handle the truth  —  I'd probably feel slightly smug, if I didn't feel so sick.  —  Smug that after two weeks of me suggesting that social media might not be an unequivocally Good Thing in terms of privacy and human decency …
Charlie Osmond / FreshNetworks Blog:
Google Wave vs Twitter at conferences  —  Twitter has quickly become the must-have channel for conference back-chat.  Reading what other people tweet during a speech provides an extra dimension as you get a sense of what the audience is thinking.  And just like passing notes in class …
Ali / Redmond Pie:
Zune HD 4.3 Firmware Brings Support for Apps and 3D Games  —  Microsoft Zune Team today has rolled out a new firmware update, version 4.3 for Zune HD players.  This update is the third revision since the Zune HD launch in September of this year.  The latest firmware update brings support …
JD's Thoughts on Everything:
Interview with ikee - iPhone Virus Creator - Virus removal details enclosed  —  I'm posting below the full unedited log of a chat that took place between ikee and myself this morning, Please ignore any spelling or grammatical errors - This chat took place over IRC (Internet Relay Chat) …
Discussion: TUAW, Redmond Pie and The iPhone Blog
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Founders Assembling Killer Team For New Online Music Startup  —  Now that they got what they wanted - a renewed stake and board representation in the Skype that will be spun off eBay soon - the Scandinavian duo Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis can divert more of their attention again …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Rushes Out Apple TV Update To Cure Disappearing Content  —  Last week, Apple released its new 3.0 software for the Apple TV.  Unfortunately, it looks like it came with a pretty big bug in tow: Disappearing content.  —  Here's the problem in Apple's words:
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
IBM's Steve Mills on RealTime  —  As we prepare for our next RealTime CrunchUp on November 20th in San Francisco, we're seeing if anything an acceleration of the phenomenon known as RealTime.  Startups, cloud platform vendors, the open standards community, and virtually every software …
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
BlueBeat vs. Beatles: 3 Things We've Learned  —  It appears that audacious online retailer BlueBeat won't be selling Beatles tunes anytime soon.  The little-known website had been hawking Fab Four tracks for 25 cents apiece until a federal court in Los Angeles slapped the site with a temporary restraining order this week.
Discussion: CNET News, Los Angeles Times and BBC
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Black Friday Starts Now for Savvy Shoppers  —  If you love Black Friday bargains, but hate the idea of pre-dawn lines, surly shoppers, and the risk of bodily harm just to score a bargain Blu-ray player or Xbox console, major U.S. retailers have an alternative: Why not shop early?
Discussion: internetnews.com and TeleRead
Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Bid to block paedophiles from Facebook fails  —  Government plan to stop sex offenders using social networking sites would breach human rights law  —  Government plans to block paedophiles from using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have been shelved because of fears that such a move would breach human rights laws.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
iPhone Tethering on AT&T: One Year and Counting  —  Exactly one year ago, on November 6th, 2008, I was siting in the audience at the Web 2.0 Summit when AT&T Mobility President Ralph De La Vega shared good news from the stage: The company would “soon” be permitting iPhone users to tether their phones for use.
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Report: Cyber Attacks Caused Power Outages in Brazil
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Bizarre lawsuits connect Apple with Sarah Jessica Parker, Lil' Wayne
Discussion: Macsimum News and Gizmodo
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Pressure on Google over blocked calls
Discussion: GigaOM
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