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Murdoch: We'll probably remove our sites from Google's index  —  Rupert Murdoch has suggested that News Corporation is likely to make its content unfindable to users on Google when it launches its paid content strategy .  —  When Murdoch and other senior News Corp lieutenants …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Murdoch Making News Invisible To Search Engines?  Not So Fast  —  Rupert Murdoch was in Sydney for the latest News Corp earnings call but that wasn't the only talking he did down under.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). chairman and CEO was interviewed by some of his own newsies …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Murdoch could block Google searches  —  Murdoch's plan for paywalls ‘raises questions of anti-trust law’  —  Rupert Murdoch says he will remove stories from Google's search index as a way to encourage people to pay for content online.  —  In an interview with Sky News Australia …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
EA Acquires Playfish For Up To $400 Million  —  Electronic Arts (ERTS) has acquired Facebook games-maker Playfish for up to $400 Million.  We've been reporting rumors about the deal for weeks.  —  Playfish revenues were reportedly set to reach $75 million this year.
Brigid Andersen / ABC News:
Australian admits creating first iPhone virus  —  A 21-year-old Australian man has admitted creating what is thought to be the first virus to infect Apple iPhones.  —  The virus, which can spread from phone to phone, changes the iPhone's wallpaper to a photograph of 1980s singer Rick Astley …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google making Waves across all its Apps?  —  We just received a set of screengrabs from an anonymous source giving us a glimpse at what appears to be Google's (and thus, the world's) future interface to its web applications, Gmail in particular.  While we were originally tempted to ignore them …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft buys bridge between Java and .Net developers  —  The company is acquiring SourceGear's Teamprise suite, which lets Java developers build apps via Visual Studio TFS  —  Microsoft plans to acquire technology that has enabled Microsoft's TFS (Team Foundation Server) software to be an ALM …
internetnews.com:
Firefox Tops Vulnerability List  —  New study places Firefox at the top of vulnerability list for for the first half of 2009.  —  Application security vendor Cenzic today released its security trends report for the first half of 2009 application.  In it, Cenzic claims that the Mozilla's Firefox browser led …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and TECH.BLORGE.com
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Confusion on Where Money Lent via Kiva Goes  —  Last month, David Roodman, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, pressed a button on his laptop as his bus left the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan and started a debate that has people re-examining the country's latest celebrated charity, Kiva.org.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia CEO says ‘no’ to Intel-compatible chip  —  Despite persistent rumors, Nvidia's chief executive says the graphics chip supplier is not working on an Intel-compatible chip.  —  CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was asked about the possibility of Nvidia coming up with its own x86 (Intel-compatible) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Still Not Allowing VoIP Calls Over 3G  —  Earlier today in response to my post about Nimbuzz, a good pal emailed to find out why the service didn't work over the iPhone's 3G connection.  After all, a few weeks ago AT&T announced support for VoIP over 3G with much fanfare …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Shazam launches premium Shazam Encore iPhone app  —  Shazam has revealed the next stage in its plans for mobile app world domination, launching a new iPhone app called Shazam Encore.  It's essentially a premium version of the company's existing iPhone app, offering quicker tagging …
Reuters:
Nokia to replace 14 mln chargers of China's BYD  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Top cellphone maker Nokia said on Monday it would replace 14 million chargers made by China's BYD Co Ltd, saying the chargers could fall apart.  —  “We are undertaking this exchange programme as a proactive, precautionary measure.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)  —  Only suckers pay retail.  —  If you've read any reviews of Windows 7, you've seen references to its price list, which ranges from $120 for a Home Premium upgrade to $320 for a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.
Discussion: PC World
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Refining the Twitter Explosion  —  DOES Twitter have a T.M.I. problem?  —  And, no, I don't just mean the Twitter users who share too much information about their lives, social, medical or otherwise.  —  Simply put, there is way too much information on Twitter — lately, it defies navigation.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Twitter Start-Up CoTweet Launches Paid Service  —  CoTweet, a start-up that helps businesses manage their Twitter accounts, is rolling out its first fee-based services, with McDonald's, Ford and SunTrust among its paying customers. … The San Francisco company said over the summer …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
First iPhone, now Droid.  Who needs Windows?  —  If the iPhone didn't finish off Windows Mobile in the smartphone market, the Motorola Droid may.  —  Windows Mobile is losing the last glimmers of its mojo—if it really had any to begin with—as the Droid and other phones based …
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
iPhone app business on sale on eBay  —  Just caught the press release, so I'm not sure this is still valid, but it's interesting nonetheless.  —  The Texas-based developer Brice Milliorn is selling its company called JBMJBM on eBay.  What's interesting about it is that the company makes iPhone apps …
Discussion: textually.org
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Empty MySpace office blow for News Corp  —  News Corporation is paying more than $1m a month to rent an empty office complex in Los Angeles that it has been unable to sub-lease since scrapping an ambitious plan to move MySpace and its other digital businesses there.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Cisco Software Takes On Microsoft, IBM  —  The networking giant announces new collaboration tools for IM, e-mail, social networking and more.  —  If Cisco wasn't making enough enemies with its string of bold acquisitions and a brazen push into the server market last spring …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
GM, Kellogg, Nestle Beat to the Tweet as Squatters Take Over Twitter Names  —  Marketers That Have Not Registered Handles Fear Brand Reputation at Risk  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — On Twitter's @Hyundai page, there is a collection of 140-character blasts in English and Korean about oysters, cellphones and the Yankees.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
App Watch: HD Radio for the iPhone  —  Third time's a portable charm — at least, that's what iBiquity Digital, the company behind HD Radio technology, is hoping with its new app.  —  The first portable HD Radio device hit shelves through Best Buy's Insignia brand in July, followed by the launch of Microsoft's Zune HD in September.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Skype snags chief technology strategist from Cisco  —  Skype said Monday that it has named Jonathan Rosenberg as its chief technology strategist.  —  The move comes shortly after Skype settled a distracting legal spat with the co-founders of the company, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Forget iPhone MMS, Share 100 Pictures In An Instant With Knocking  —  As we were all painfully aware, it took AT&T forever to bring MMS to the iPhone.  A new app has just been released that hopes to one-up it.  —  Knocking, made by Pointy Heads Software, is basically a photo-sharing app on steroids.
 
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn — by a PC virus
Discussion: The Register and digg.com
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The ACTA Internet provisions: DMCA goes worldwide
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Open source design and the OpenOfficeMouse
Discussion: Download Squad
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Far From a Lab? Turn a Cellphone Into a Microscope
Tim Mercer / Macworld:
FaceFighter for iPhone  —  Fun fighting game lets you turn friends into foes
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla Jetpack contest winner harnesses GPU power to process data
Discussion: Massively
 Earlier Items: 
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
CDC adopts new, near real-time flu tracking system
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Brazil outage NOT caused by hackers
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
New microsyntax for Twitter: three pointers and the slasher
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Has No Sense Of Humor. Luckily, Google Does.
Discussion: Technologizer and TeleRead
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon takes another swing at AT&T, puts iPhone on the Island of Misfit Toys