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3:50 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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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.  —  This is a relatively light slap on the wrist since the game only launched two days ago and had a couple …
Mark Pincus Blog:
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
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: Glass House, Thanks:atul
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New York Times:
Virtual Goods Start Bringing Real Paydays  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley may have discovered the perfect business: charging real money for products that do not exist.  —  These so-called virtual goods, like a $1 illustration of a Champagne bottle on Facebook or the $2.50 Halloween costume …
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
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.
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 …
Josh Carr / TUAW:
Worm rickrolls unsecured jailbroken iPhones via SSH  —  For the last few days, some jailbroken iPhone users have found their home screen background a little different than they remembered.  A hacker, going by the name “ikee,” created a worm that changes the home screen background …
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 …
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 …
 
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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Jamie Doward / Guardian:
Bid to block paedophiles from Facebook fails
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Bizarre lawsuits connect Apple with Sarah Jessica Parker, Lil' Wayne
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Skype Founders Assembling Killer Team For New Online Music Startup
Kim Hart / The Hill:
Pressure on Google over blocked calls
Discussion: GigaOM