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10:45 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
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 …
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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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Black Friday 2009 Sale … Rating (21 Positives; 18 Negatives)
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 …
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: 901am
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Marc Chacksfield / TechRadar.com:
Nokia gets Spotify mobile phone music app
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Ringz: First (free) Android app with in-app purchase  —  Apple made it possible for iPhone developers to offer in-app purchase five weeks ago, an option Android devs currently don't have.  But now Shanghai-based mobile technology company Urbian found a work-around to enable in-app purchase, saying they're the first developers that did.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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