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4:50 PM ET, November 15, 2009

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Nose, face, cut, spite: Blocking Google  —  There's been a swine flu of stupidity spreading about the Murdoch meme of blocking Google from indexing a site's content (to which Google always replies that you've always been able to do that with robots.txt - so go ahead if you want).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Josh Cohen Of Google News On Paywalls, Partnerships & Working With Publishers
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Sponsorship-supported Crunchpad is alive.  ‘Steamrolling’ says Arrington.  —  I should have been in bed but I got hooked into an excellent Gilmore Gang videocast (below) this evening.  Robert Scoble, Mike Arrington, P Rangaswami, Kevin Marks, and Saul Hansell talk a lot about the iPhone and Driod war …
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
The growing value of URLs you can easily spell out in dead bodies  —  Probably the funniest bit of commercial ingenuity I've seen these past few months is the growth of corpse-spam in World of Warcraft.You see, it's quite hard, in-game, to spam people with commercial messages.
Arn / MacRumors:
Core i7-Based 27" iMac Benchmarks Show Significant Improvements  —  The delivery of the Core i7-based iMacs have generated the usual discussion threads about unboxing, impressions and benchmarks.  The performance of the high-end iMacs have been of particular interest due to the new incorporation …
William Alsup / Groklaw NewsPicks:
Apple Wins Like a Champ - Psystar is Toast — What?  You're Surprised?  —  Psystar just got what's coming to them in the California case.  Here's the order [PDF].  It's a total massacre.  Psystar's first-sale defense went down in flames.  Apple's motion for summary judgment on copyright infringement and DMCA violation is granted.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Apple Wouldn't Risk Its Cool Over a Gimmick, Would It?  —  “SOME of the best-loved technology on the planet” is how Apple describes its products when recruiting new employees.  It's a fair description.  —  But the love that consumers send Apple's way could flag if the company puts into place …
Jon Ungoed-Thomas / Times of London:
Belle de Jour revealed as research scientist Dr Brooke Magnanti  —  The secret life of Dr Brooke Magnanti, an obscure research scientist, is revealed today as she unmasks herself as the writer behind the pseudonym Belle de Jour.  —  Her identity has been one of the great literary mysteries …
Discussion: Personanondata, TechCrunch and Guardian
Los Angeles Times:
Blogging moms wooed by food firms  —  As food makers lavish trips and goodies on parenting bloggers, critics see a shrewd marketing ploy.  —  Andrea Deckard, a stay-at-home mom in Monroe, Ohio, points to a post on her Mommy Snacks blog.  Both Frito-Lay and Nestle have brought her to Los Angeles …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Is There a Method in Cellphone Madness?  —  HERE'S a consolation prize to the millions who recoil in bafflement from cellphone companies' labyrinthine price plans, with their ever more intricate arrays of minutes, messages and megabytes: Economists don't understand them, either.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballad of a Windows 7 fanboy  —  Most kids in talent shows dance or play instruments.  Fifth-grader Will Smith made a musical pitch for Windows 7 instead.  —  After seeing this video on YouTube yesterday afternoon, I almost didn't believe it was real, so I sent a message to the person who posted it …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Droid experiencing external speaker problems, could be a software issue?  —  It's no reason to panic just yet, but apparently a good amount of people are having trouble with the external speaker on their Motorola Droid cutting out for no reason.  It seems to be software-related …
Discussion: I4U News
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Android 2.0 source released, already ported to the G1  —  While Android 2.0 has been floating around on Motorola DROIDs for over a week now, one important chunk of it has been under lock-and-key: the source.  Even amongst manufacturing partners, we're told, Google hasn't been completely open …
 
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Computerworld:
IGF 2009 event rattled by UN Security Office
Discussion: Boing Boing
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Nvidia calls Intel's graphics chip tactics ‘aggressive’
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Roselyn Roark / Gadget Lab:
Verizon Won't Offer Free Tethering But Droid Hackers Might (Updated)
Robert McMillan / PC World:
DNS Problem Linked to DDoS Attacks Gets Worse
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
‘Ravensword’ and Many Other Unity-Powered Games Rejected by Apple
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and TUAW
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
It's Google's world and handset makers just live in it
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
iDroid Wars on Gillmor Gang
Discussion: Scobleizer
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Are Smartbooks off to the Wrong Start Already?
Joshuah Bearman / New York Times:
Can D.I.Y. Supplant the First-Person Shooter?