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3:41 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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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Is Google Gearing Up To Buy A Second Mobile Ad Network?  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) may be paying $750 million in stock for AdMob, but even once the acquisition closes, it will continue to have a significant hole in its mobile advertising offerings.  —  That's because neither Google or AdMob …
Discussion: Google and The Precursor Blog
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.
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 …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Google: Rupert Murdoch can block us if he wants to  —  Google has clarified that it will not index publishers against their wishes, in response to Rupert Murdoch's threat to block the search engine from his newspapers' websites.  —  A spokesman for the search giant said …
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
Rupert Murdoch to Block Google = Smart = Twitter has changed it all.  —  Rupert Murdoch has said that his Newscorp sites are going to block Google indexes.  Of course, all the netizens freak out when this happens.  Which I love.  —  I love to tweak all the internet information must be free bigots.
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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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Microsoft Bing Gives WiFi Users Free Search  —  Microsoft's Bing and JiWire will announce Monday an advertising campaign, along with the results, that lets consumers gain free WiFi Internet access at participating hot spots in exchange for one search on the engine.
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Joins The Free-WiFi Marketing Bandwagon
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Buy Any Company In Under 5 Seconds, Courtesy Of LinkedIn  —  A not so well thought-out feature - or defect - allows any LinkedIn user to indicate the company they work for has acquired, merged with or become a division of another company without any third-party verification whatsoever.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Macworld, TG Daily and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Wei Zhu / Facebook Developers:
Start Building with the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform  —  We're excited to announce our official support for the Microsoft SDK for Facebook Platform, which Microsoft released today.  This SDK contains rich social features and offers something for almost any kind of Facebook developer …
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web Appetite
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 …
Discussion: ITworld.com and Ubergizmo
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
NEWS.com.au:
Coke shaken by ‘unintentional’ spam  —  Coke has been warned over spam texts that didn't have an “unsubscribe” option.  Picture: File.  —  COCA-Cola says it never intended to spam mobile users and will take steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.  —  The Australian Communications and Media Authority …
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.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BBC's outrageous plan to put DRM on TV broadcasts shot down in flames — thanks to you!  —  Remember the BBC's daft plan to put DRM on high-definition broadcasts even though it's illegal for the BBC to put DRM on its broadcasts?  Remember when people rose up and sent angry letters to Ofcom …
Declan McCullagh / CBS News:
Judge Bans Twitter From Court  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh Twittering from court is prohibited, according to a federal judge in Georgia who banned spectators from sending live updates from a criminal trial.  —  U.S. District Judge Clay Land in Georgia wrote that Rule 53 of the Federal Rules …
 
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
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