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6:45 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  —  Want to do a paywall with no “first click free?”  That's fine with Google, says business product manager Josh Cohen.  Want to do micropayments?  Google will be “flexible” in considering support of new business models like this.
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 Gillmore 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 …
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 …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Growing Pains at Hulu  —  Hulu is starting to show signs of why it's not easy to run a joint venture between competitors.  —  Recently, the popular video site's various parents have sent mixed messages about Hulu's future business model—and whether or not it will erect some sort of paid subscription wall.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Re: our patent application for an evil advertising scheme  —  As the New York Times reports today, we have applied for a really nasty patent that describes a way to put ads onto a screen in a way that forces people to watch or listen to them.  Is it evil?  Totally.
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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
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC?  Don't ask Microsoft  —  If Microsoft expects its customers to take license agreements seriously, it has a responsibility to communicate the terms of those agreements to its customers clearly and unambiguously.  As I noted earlier this month …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
iDroid Wars on Gillmor Gang
Discussion: Scobleizer
William Alsup / Groklaw NewsPicks:
Apple Wins Like a Champ - Psystar is Toast — What? You're Surprised?