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10:20 AM ET, November 23, 2009

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Financial Times:
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact  —  Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company's being paid to “de-index” its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a ray of light to the newspaper industry.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Offers To Pay News Corp To “De-List” Itself From Google  —  Microsoft (MSFT) wants to pay News Corp (NWS) and other large publishers to de-list their Web sites from Google's (GOOG) search index, the Financial Times reports.  —  The idea is to force Google (GOOG) to pay for content, thinning its currently fat margins.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Schiller Defends iPhone App Approval Process  —  In his first wide-ranging interview on the matter, the Apple senior vice-president explains his company's App Store vigilance—and why it sometimes loosens up  —  Apple (AAPL) is under fire from some developers for the way it vets applications …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
iPhone App Developers Walk
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Armstrong On AOL's New Branding And ‘Very, Very, Very Inexpensive’ Campaign  —  The glimpse AOL (NYSE: TWX) offered late Sunday night of its new branding campaign looked more like icons for AIM, not a branding campaign for a company on the verge of reinvention.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet the New AOL Logo: “Aol.”  (Plus the Press Release)  —  The new AOL will differ than the old one in several ways: New boss, smaller headcount, different owners.  —  So, of course, it also gets a new logo.  This one will look awfully familiar, since it is the same trio of well-known letters …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Black Friday 2009 Sale  —  As expected, Apple has announced that they will be holding a one day shopping event on Friday, November 27th.  In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday”, which is historically one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Wall Street Journal:
Volunteers Log Off As Wikipedia Ages  —  Wikipedia.org is the fifth-most-popular Web site in the world, with roughly 325 million monthly visitors.  But unprecedented numbers of the millions of online volunteers who write, edit and police it are quitting.  —  That could have significant implications …
Discussion: Digits
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Human Resources Application Zoho Recruit  —  Web-based productivity suite Zoho is launching a new product today, Zoho Recruit.  A niche product, Zoho Recruit, is an application designed to help HR Departments and staffing agencies management recruitment.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and pluGGd.in
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Expands Its Reach, But Still Can't Get to the U.S.  —  Another expansion for Spotify, the much-hyped European streaming music service: It's now going to be available on Nokia (NOK) phones and other handsets that run the Symbian platform.  That's good, because the service is supposed to work best as a mobile play.
Discussion: Engadget and Agence France Presse
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Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Nokia gets Spotify mobile phone music app
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Microsoft's Bing Gets ‘Stickier,’ Grabs More Local Dollars  —  But Will It Keep Gains When Its $100 Million Campaign Stops Running?  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Bing has a long way to go to catch Google, but six months after the site's launch, the numbers show it's heading in the right direction.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Richard Bennett / GigaOM:
How Video Is Changing the Internet  —  The rise of video streaming is dramatically affecting the Internet, according to a two-year study of Internet traffic trends that Arbor Networks recently presented to the North American Network Operators Group.  Two years ago, Internet traffic …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here's a First: Man Arrested for Not Using Twitter  —  Terrifying?  Inevitable?  Harbinger?  In any case, it's a first: Police in Long Island, New York, have arrested a man for not using Twitter.  —  Someone named Justin Bieber, who apparently is a teenage singer, was supposed to appear …
Chester Wisniewski / Chester Wisniewski's Blog:
Another iPhone worm - and this time it's malicious  —  I had guessed we would see a dangerous incarnation of worm for the iPhone within a week of the 5 Euro scam that Graham blogged about on November 3rd.  Fortunately my predictions were wrong, and we made it almost 3 weeks before someone succumbed …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AdMob Data Reveals Android's Growth, Device Market Share  —  AdMob, a mobile advertising network, which has been releasing mobile metrics for a while now and touting the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch metrics as headlines, is instead focusing on RIM, Symbian, Android and even Windows Mobile devices …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Video: Roku Launches Channel Store with Facebook Photos, Pandora and More  —  Roku vice president of marketing Chuck Seiber only gave us a teeny-tiny sneak-peek at the new Roku Channel Store at NewTeeVee Live couple weeks back, but the company officially launched the feature along with ten new free channels today.
Business Wire:
China Mobile Becomes First to Sell Dell Mini 3i Smart Phones  — The Mini 3i, in Red Passion and Oiled Bronze colors, will begin arriving across China later this month  —  BEIJING—(BUSINESS WIRE)—China Mobile will soon become the first mobile operator to sell the Mini 3i …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Newspaper circulation may be worse than it looks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While U.S. newspapers are losing subscribers at a staggering rate, a few dailies stand out because their circulation is rising.  But they aren't necessarily selling more copies.  —  Here's why: Since April 1 …
 
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Amit / Digital Inspiration:
The First Desktop Application to have AdSense Ads is Google Earth
Discussion: Download Squad
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Ringz: First (free) Android app with in-app purchase
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel and Sprout launch a consumer-powered Facebook promotion
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Soon To Enable You To Comment On Status Updates Via E-mail
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Shared Supercomputing and Everyday Research
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
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 Earlier Items: 
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
Will books survive? A scorecard...
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Can Twitter users link out?
Discussion: Guardian
David Worthington / Technologizer:
Microsoft Surface Rises at PDC
Discussion: PC World
Carl Malamud / O'Reilly Radar:
Robots.Txt and the .Gov TLD
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Give me ad-free conversations, or give me death (please RT)
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Why Are Tech Layoffs Rising in a Recovery?