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4:35 PM ET, November 23, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Displaying the best display ad with Teracent  —  Can you spot the difference between these two sample display ads?  Of course you can.  However, the most important difference is not discernible to the naked eye.  —  The lower ad was customized and chosen from thousands of different creative elements …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Google Acquires Teracent To Apply Machine Smarts To Display Ads
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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Peter-Paul Koch / QuirksBlog:
Apple is not evil. iPhone developers are stupid.  —  In his “Apple's mistake” essay Paul Graham makes an unwarranted assumption; an assumption everybody who's currently involved in the Great App Store Debate seems to be making.  —  The fundamental problem on the iPhone is not Apple's App …
Discussion: techno.blog, Thanks:atul
Michael Siliski / Google Mobile Blog:
Happy Thanksgiving Travels: Google Maps Navigation now available for Android 1.6  —  A few weeks ago we launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free feature of Google Maps on Android 2.0 devices.  Today we're expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 …
Adam Nash / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn Platform: Open for Business  —  Over fifty million users entrust their professional identities and relationships with LinkedIn, helping build LinkedIn into the largest global professional network today.  However, professionals around the world use a wide variety of applications …
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Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
Coming Soon: Bring Your LinkedIn Network to TweetDeck
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch and AppScout
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.
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 …
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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MSNBC.com Taking Over @BreakingNews Twitter Feed; Signs On As BNO News' First Client  —  Well, it isnât exactly the acquisition I was hoping for, but close, and probably for the better: BNO News, of the popular @BreakingNews Twitter feed and the BNO iPhone app, is launching …
Discussion: TechFlash and ReadWriteWeb
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Windows Mobile vs. Android: WinMo Is Better Than You Think  —  Android is the hot phone platform, with market share growing at a rapid pace, and handsets with the OS being touted across the web.  I have been impressed with how far Android has come in a relatively short time, and how well it has penetrated the market.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Joins AT&T/Verizon Spat With New iPhone Ads  —  Verizon's merciless razzing of AT&T has finally elicited a reaction from Apple.  Peeved at seeing its marquee product banished to the “Island of Misfit Toys” in one of Big Red's new holiday ads, the company is launching a pair of new iPhone ads …
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 …
Financial Times:
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles, Richard Waters in San Francisco and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York  —  Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company being paid to “de-index” …
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Bloomberg:
Zynga May Be Valued at $1 Billion on Facebook Craze  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Zynga Inc., maker of the “Mafia Wars” and “FarmVille” games played on Facebook, may be valued at $1 billion based on the sale price of a smaller rival.  —  Valuations for Zynga and its peers were established …
bizjournals:
HP Q4 profit rises to $2.4B  —  Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday reported fourth quarter net income of $2.4 billion, or 99 cents a share, compared to net income of $2.1 billion, or 84 cents a share in the same quarter last year.
Discussion: h30261.www3.hp.com and CNBC.com
Nick / AVG Blogs:
New Facebook worm - don't click da' button baby!  —  Thanks to a tip-off from colleague Gadi Evron, I've just spent some time looking into the latest Facebook worm after he alerted Facebook about it.  —  Like so many past worms, this one uses a suggestive come-on to lure the unsuspecting …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Data Robotics introduces 5-bay Drobo S, enterprise-ready DroboElite  —  Data Robotics has been quietly raking in the dough (and trying to match up supply with demand) ever since it launched its 8-bay DroboPro back in April, and now the company is making yet another bold move: doubling its product line.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Swype to debut on the Verizon Samsung Omnia II  —  A little over a year ago, Swype announced at TechCrunch50 2008 that they were going to “change how the world inputs text on screens”.  By allowing the user to type words by tracing a path between its letters rather than tapping them out one-by-one …
Eric von Coelln / Inside Social Games:
Beyond Bookmark Me!  Become a Fan of This App!  Is the Latest Way Games Get Facebook Users  —  The push by marketers to be “bookmarked” has been going on since the Favorites tab first showed up in web browsers.  Bookmarks including Photos, FarmVille, Mafia Wars, Word Challenge …
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Does AT&T turn into a pumpkin in June?  —  Its Cinderella contract with Apple for the iPhone runs out in seven months, says one analyst  —  Brian Marshall.  Image: Bloomberg  —  Broadpoint AmTech's Brian Marshall, who has replaced Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster as the most bullish …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu to Users: Tag, You're It  —  Hulu took a step toward crowdsourcing its classification and discovery capabilities this morning, adding the ability for users to add tags to videos.  —  The online video site added a “Tags” tab alongside its “Reviews” and “Discussion” sections …
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: pluGGd.in and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Electronista:
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Experts Say Facebook, Zynga Have Defense To ‘Scam’ Ads Lawsuit
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Expands Its Reach, but Still Can't Get to the U.S.
Richard Bennett / GigaOM:
How Video Is Changing the Internet
Discussion: Digital Society
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Microsoft's Bing Gets ‘Stickier,’ Grabs More Local Dollars
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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