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6:55 AM ET, November 10, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Investing in a mobile future with AdMob  —  We're happy to announce today that we have signed an agreement to acquire AdMob, a mobile display advertising company based in San Mateo, CA.  AdMob is a great Silicon Valley story — founded in 2006 by Omar Hamoui when he couldn't find good ways to generate traffic for his mobile site.
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Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Wisdom Of AdMob's Founder Omar Hamoui  —  Google Inc.'s announcement that it will buy AdMob Inc. for $750 million brought a media spotlight on Accel Partners, an investor in both AdMob and Playfish Inc., which said today it will sell to Electronic Arts Inc. for at least $275 million.
Discussion: Xconomy and StartUpArabia
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Is Google Gearing Up To Buy A Second Mobile Ad Network?
Discussion: Google and The Precursor Blog
Hibah Yousuf / CNNMoney.com:
Google's gift: Free WiFi in 47 airports  —  Search leader says it will pay the bill for wireless Internet during the holiday travel season.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Google is planning to foot the bill for WiFi at 47 of the nation's airports for the rest of the year, beginning Tuesday.
Discussion: Google, L.A. Times, Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Networks Continue To Rally Around Twitter As LinkedIn Goes Tweet Crazy Too  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has long had a feature that lets users update their status on their profile.  But it's plainly obvious that LinkedIn users don't nearly use the status feature …
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Allenblue / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn works with Twitter, and vice versa  —  Today we're announcing a partnership between LinkedIn and Twitter - and new features that we think are going to make both Twitter and LinkedIn more powerful for you.  These new features will be rolling out gradually over the next couple of days.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Google Has Acquired Gizmo5  —  Last month Skype was in talks to acquire VoIP startup Gizmo5.  It was a perfect backup plan in case all that IP litigation didn't work out.  - Gizmo5's SIP infrastructure could theoretically replace Skype's proprietary P2P back end.
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia N900 begins shipping!  —  GLOBAL - Today sees the first batch of Nokia N900 handsets boxed up and shipped out on their maiden voyage into wild.  The N900 has been the most discussed device we've ever reported on here at Conversations, so many of you are sure to be stoked to discover …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Why An Exclusive Wall Street Journal Deal Wouldn't Help Bing  —  With Rupert Murdoch talking about blocking Google, Jason Calacanis suggests that Murdoch should cut an exclusive deal with Bing, which if it doesn't Google might at least 10% search share within 6 months.  I suggest Jason needs a reality check.
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Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Droid OTA Update Coming December 11th?  —  The Motorola Droid was launched less than a week ago but we're already eying a December 11th OTA update that will cure a defined list of software issues.  Defined by who, you ask?  Verizon Wireless themselves.
Laura Melahn / The Official Google Blog:
Fifty states of Street View  —  In 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state admitted to the union.  Today, 50 years later, we're including Hawaii as the 50th state in Street View on Google Maps.  With our imagery of Oahu and Maui, you can now take a virtual vacation to white sandy beaches …
Brad / Liliputing:
OS X 10.6.2 is out: Intel Atom support not included  —  Apple pushed out OS X 10.6.2 today, and while the latest Snow Leopard update fixes a whole slew of bugs, it introduces one major problem for netbook hackintosh builders: It doesn't seem to work with the Intel Atom processor.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel introduces a digital book reader that reads aloud to the blind  —  Ben Foss grew up with dyslexia, a visual impairment so severe that his mother had to read books to him throughout his school years, all the way through college.  Now 36, he is spearheading the launch of a remarkable device …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Rdio: First Screenshots Leaked of Skype Founders' New Music Service  —  We've been lucky enough to get our hands on leaked screenshots from one version of Rdio, the forthcoming music app from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis.  Zennstrom and Friis …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft patent controversy?  Not much anymore, Novell says  —  Microsoft and Novell today are marking the third anniversary of what was, at the time it was announced, a surprising business and technical agreement bridging proprietary and open source software.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Bot herders hide master control channel in Google cloud  —  Google AppEngine co-opted  —  Cyber criminals' love affair with cloud computing just got steamier with the discovery that Google's AppEngine was tapped to act as the master control channel that feeds commands to large networks of infected computers.
OUT-LAW News:
Consent will be required for cookies in Europe  —  EDITORIAL: A law that demands consent to internet cookies has been approved and will be in force across the EU within 18 months.  It is so breathtakingly stupid that the normally law-abiding business may be tempted to bend the rules to breaking point.
Discussion: The Next Web
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Elf Yourself’ returns with Facebook and Twitter power  —  It's that time of year again, when you trawl the Web for unflattering mugshots of your boss to embed on the bodies of dancing elves with the “Elf Yourself” holiday card promotion, going live for the fourth consecutive year on Tuesday.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 901am
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Hundreds of Facebook Groups Hacked  —  A hacker, or group of hackers, has found a back door into taking over Facebook groups, and is now doing so, claiming it to be a public service.  It has taken over up to 300 different Facebook groups so far.  —  This is an example of one:
Discussion: Mashable!
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Hey, a new Bing maps interface!  —  Just saw a tweet by Doc Searls (who likes the Birds Eye View) saying that the Bing Map Server was “temporarily unavailable”, so we checked and found a new interface:  —  The navigation bars look to be simplified, and “Get Directions” is featured prominently on the www.bing.com/maps page.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
New Version of Google Search Is Launching Soon  —  Back in August, we were shocked to learn that Google was working on a new version of its search engine.  The secret project, known officially as Google Caffeine, wouldn't change the face or design of the Google search engine …
Electronista:
Samsung launches bada open mobile OS  —  Samsung today entered into the mobile OS arena with bada.  The software, whose name is based on the Korean for “ocean,” is designed to be open and will compete directly against rivals like Android or LiMo.  It will be based on universal standards …
Tom / Tom's MAD Blog:
Apple Rejects My Caricature App  —  Just yesterday I was complaining about how Apple sometimes treats its customers as if they were stupid.  —  I had no idea how right I was.  —  Back in the late summer movie director/entrepreneur Ray Griggs, for whom I did all that art for his movie …
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
From EFF's Secret Files: Anatomy of a Bogus Subpoena  —  Can the U.S. government secretly subpoena the IP address of every visitor to a political website?  No, but that didn't stop it from trying.  —  In a report released today, EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston tells the story …
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Cough into your mobile phone for instant diagnosis
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Big Win in Telecom Lobbying Documents Battle …
Discussion: Techdirt
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
New handbook for Google, Droid users
Discussion: TechFlash and The Seattle Times
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
UK surveillance plan to go ahead
Discussion: Techdirt and Beyond Search
Kevinthau / Twitter Blog:
SMS for AXIS Indonesia
Discussion: Mashable!
NEWS.com.au:
Coke shaken by ‘unintentional’ spam
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Buy Any Company In Under 5 Seconds, Courtesy Of LinkedIn
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
Judge Bans Twitter From Court
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Mobile Firefox has a new logo: Furry fetishists rejoice!
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
BBC:
‘Road trains’ get ready to roll
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and Softpedia News
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile phasing out myFaves
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
EA Acquires Playfish For Up To $400 Million