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9:10 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
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Finally Opens Platform: The Good & Bad News
Discussion: eWeek and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
Coming Soon: Bring Your LinkedIn Network to TweetDeck
Discussion: CNET News and AppScout
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Joins AT&T/Verizon Spat With New iPhone Ads (See Them Here!)  —  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, Apple is launching a pair …
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Arik Hesseldahl / BusinessWeek:
Apple Launching New iPhone Ads Tonight  —  Apple is launching two new iPhone ads on TV tonight.  The ads are intended to tout the iPhone's ability to hold a simultaneous voice and data connection at the same time.  —  One ad shows a set of work-related scenarios — looking at an email …
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Apple's ‘Black Friday’ deals cut Mac prices 8%  —  But some resellers are already beating Apple's planned discounts  —  Computerworld - Apple will cut prices of its low-end iMac and MacBook Pro systems by 8% for a one-day-only sale on Friday, according to reports on the Web.
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.
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: Daring Fireball and techno.blog, Thanks:atul
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Schiller Defends iPhone App Approval Process
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Twitter's Biz Stone says could go IPO route  —  OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Twitter, the social internet firm that tracks trends through individuals' updates of events around them, may eventually go to the stock market for funding if necessary, its co-founder Biz Stone said.
Ian Fette / Chromium Blog:
Extensions: One Step Closer to the Finish Line  —  During the last few months, our team has been working hard to support extensions in Google Chrome's beta channel.  Today, we are getting one step closer to this goal; developers can now upload their extensions to Google Chrome's extension gallery.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP beats earnings guidance but cites pricing pressures in PCs and printers  —  Hewlett-Packard reported better than expected earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, but its sales were a mixed bag as the company dealt with falling prices for consumer PCs and printers.
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bizjournals:
HP Q4 profit rises to $2.4B
Discussion: www.hp.com and CrunchGear
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 …
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 …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Offensive Michelle Obama Image Returns, Google Buys Ad To Explain  —  Google is buying ads to explain why an offensive image of the First Lady is back in its index and ranking so highly on searches for Michelle Obama in Google Image Search.  —  As we reported last week …
Search Engine Land:
Google Product Search Gets Review Summaries & Big Picture “Gallery” View  —  Google Product Search is rolling out three new features today, a new shopping “OneBox” that features popular products in certain categories of searches, a summary of product reviews and a “gallery” view option of products.
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.
Softpedia News:
Windows 7 Gets Some Family Guy Love after All  —  Although Microsoft considered Family Guy content unfit for the Windows 7 brand  —  In mid-October 2009, Microsoft announced that family Guy would be upgrading to Windows 7.  Essentially, the Redmond company announced a collaboration with FOX One …
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Latest Opera Update Hopes to ‘Unite’ the Web  —  Opera software has released an update to its flagship desktop web browser.  This update incorporates Opera's lightweight web server Unite, previously only available as a separate beta download, into the browser.
Discussion: Opera Press Room and ReadWriteWeb
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T's new DataConnect Pass plans serve up data a la carte  —  AT&T is following Verizon's lead today with the introduction of new prepaid broadband plans targeted directly at netbook and laptop users who find themselves out of WiFi range (and in desperate need of email) every once in a while.
Discussion: CNET News, Reuters and DSLreports
 
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Electronista:
LG outs first netbook in the US, adds AT&T 3G
Discussion: Engadget, eWeek and GottaBeMobile.com
Eric von Coelln / Inside Social Games:
Beyond Bookmark Me!  Become a Fan of This App! …
Discussion: All Facebook and VentureBeat
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
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Hulu to Users: Tag, You're It
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Armstrong On AOL's New Branding And ‘Very, Very, Very Inexpensive’ Campaign