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6:50 PM 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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Ensuring zynga's user experience - removing all cpa offers  —  michael arrington posted yesterday on mobile offerings still being shown in our new game fishville.  I want to explain why this occurred and how we are taking more aggressive steps to ensure this never happens again.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga's FishVille Sleeps With The Fishes For Ad Violations  —  Zynga's most recent Facebook game, FishVille, has temporarily been taken offline by Facebook for advertising violations.  —  FishVille will remain suspended, Facebook tells us, “until Facebook is satisfied that Zynga demonstrates compliance …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon takes another swing at AT&T, puts iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys  —  AT&T might be suing Verizon for misrepresenting its network in ads, but that doesn't seem to have dissuaded Big Red from using that same map image in this new spot, which casts the iPhone away to the Island of Misfit Toys.
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 …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why the mainstream media is dying  —  Every once in a while you get to see a mainstream outlet cover a story right alongside a blog, so you can put them up against each other and see why one was so much better than the other.  This week TechCrunch and the New York Times (photo) provided just such a lesson.
Discussion: Kindle Review and Glass House, Thanks:atul
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Droid fails AS A PRODUCT when compared to Palm Pre and iPhone  —  So, the hype got to me.  Yesterday I headed to Verizon and bought a Motorola Droid, which runs Google's Android operating system.  —  Last night my friend Luke Kilpatrick came over and we compared the Droid to the Palm Pre and iPhone.
Discussion: chrisbrogan.com and PMP Today
Help Net Security:
Battle of the anti-virus: What is the best software?  —  AV-Comparatives.org recently released the results of a malware removal tests with which they evaluated 16 anti-virus software solutions:  — Avast Professional Edition 4.8  — AVG Anti-Virus 8.5  — AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9.0
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and Slashdot
Mahmoud Al-Qudsi / The NeoSmart Files:
Watch YouTube Videos Without Flash in HTML5  —  Running on Mac or Linux and tired of Adobe Flash eating up all your CPU cycles while you're watching YouTube?  Buggy plugins that crash your browser and freeze your PC?  Proprietary formats that get in the way?  Want to embrace HTML5 and the future?
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Siren.gif: Microsoft COFEE law enforcement tool leaks all over the Internet~!  —  It was one of the most sought after applications on the Internet until it was leaked earlier today.  And now that it's out there—and it is all over the place, easily findable by anyone able to use a search engine—we can all move on with our lives.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Gizmodo
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Skype Settlement: Zennström And Friis Have Won It Again  —  You've got to hand it to Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis.  They braved not one but at least two high-risk court actions to wrestle back the phone app they created seven years ago - and it's they who emerge as winners from riday's settlement.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Skype Founders Assembling Killer Team For New Online Music Startup
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 …
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
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