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10:30 AM ET, November 24, 2009

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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 …
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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.  Presumably peeved at seeing its marquee product banished to the “Island of Misfit Toys” in one of Big Red's new holiday ads …
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Core i7 iMacs showing up DOA — including ours  —  Apple's new Core i7-based iMac might be a performance monster, but it looks like the whole family's having some problems getting out of the gate: in addition to the previously-noted performance issues with the Core 2 Duo models …
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Micro-blogging site Twitter is interested in making more acquisitions as it continues to grow in popularity, co-founder Biz Stone said on Tuesday.  —  “That is something we are definitely interested in,” Stone told a news conference in Tel Aviv.
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
News Corp. - If You de-Index Will They Still Come?  —  Two weeks ago we posted on Rupert Murdoch's threat to block Google from Indexing News Corp. content.  While at first it seemed as though Murdoch was merely posturing with hypotheticals, reports continue to indicate that News Corp …
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Bloomberg:
News Corp. Joined By Rivals Considering Pulling Their Stories From Google
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Joost Finally Acquired, By Online Ad Network Adconion  —  So Joost's been put out of its misery and its assets have been acquired by Santa Monica, CA-based online ad network Adconion Media Group.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but likely would have been pennies on the dollar …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Millions using social media on Xbox Live  —  Microsoft on Monday said that millions of Xbox Live members have used the new social-media features that the company pushed live a week ago.  —  In June, Microsoft announced it would begin offering Xbox Live users access to Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Time Inc.'s Squires Assembles Team of Rivals to Harness Digital Media  —  Some of the magazine industry's biggest names are on the verge of forming a new company that would allow them to take the digital future into their own hands.  —  The company would make up one of the biggest alliances …
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 …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you  —  The mobile industry is now completing a huge shift in its attitude toward mobile data.  Until pretty recently, the prevailing attitude among mobile operators was that data was a disappointment.  It had been hyped for a decade …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
We Hold These Truths To Be Awesome: The Founding Fathers Give Google Wave A Try  —  Now this is cool.  Some of the hype over Google Wave has died down over the last few weeks, in no small part because most people have absolutely no idea how to use it (no, the 80 minute long video demo doesn't help).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:enauzer
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Digg For Bargains: Deals.Woot Is Now Open To The Public  —  Woot, the popular bargain site that offers one good (sometimes great) deal a day, has just launched a new portal at deals.Woot.  The new site is a fairly major departure for Woot, which up until now has been driven by product selections …
Discussion: Digital Trends and AppScout
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Firms channeling apps to TV  —  Consumer electronics makers and software companies are hoping to take a page from Apple's App Store and turn the TV into a dynamic, evolving platform for widgets and applications.  —  Instead of being just a gateway for broadcast and recorded video or a gaming display …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Mac|Life
Samir / bountii.com:
Negative Cashback from Bing Cashback  —  In a recent post that Microsoft made me take down, I wrote about some security holes in Bing Cashback.  While technical flaws are somewhat interesting to me, most Bountii users don't really care about them.  Starting today, I'll write about some non-technical flaws in Bing Cashback.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple iPhone eats up 50% share of all mobile data traffic globally  —  Apple's slice of mobile data traffic has grown to now exceed 50% share in the US, UK and in global figures, according to the latest monthly mobile data traffic report by AdMob.  —  AdMob just released its first monthly …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google-backed Pixazza opens up photo tagging service to help blogs earn revenue  —  Pixazza, a Google Ventures-backed startup, is opening up its crowdsourced photo-tagging service, which can turn any Web site into an online store.  —  The Mountain View-based startup uses an army of taggers …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and ResourceShelf
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Opens Chrome Extensions To Developers, Will Only Review Certain Ones  —  As anticipated, Google has taken the first step to launch full extension support for its Chrome browser.  Starting today, Google is allowing developers to upload the extensions they are making to the new Extensions Gallery.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Milo Raises Money to Help People Shop Offline  —  As more and more people shop online, one start-up is pursuing a contrarian idea.  Milo is a Web site where people can find out where to buy things offline.  —  Shoppers visit Milo and enter something they want to buy, like a MacBook or a specific brand of shoes.
Discussion: Screenwerk, paidContent and VentureBeat
Stuart Levine / Variety:
TiVo, Google pact in data deal  —  Ad community to get more info on viewers  —  TiVo has pacted with Google to provide analytical information to advertisers about viewers who watch TV via the DVR service.  —  Through the Google TV ads program that began two years ago in which advertisers bid …
Rupert Neate / Telegraph:
Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U suspend sales of Sony Ericsson's Satio after customer complaints  —  Beleaguered mobile phone company Sony Ericsson suffered a further blow yesterday when the UK's two largest mobile phone retailers withdrew its flagship Satio handset from sale.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
IE bug leaks private details from 50m PDF files  —  Black hat recon courtesy of Microsoft  —  A bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is causing more than 50 million files stored online to leak potentially sensitive information that could compromise user privacy, a security researcher said.
Discussion: SecureThoughts.com
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Sunlight Government App Hackathon Coming To 7+ Cities  —  The Great American Hackathon from Sunlight Labs is coming December 12-13.  Unlike most API-hacking events, this one is taking place all over the United States, in at least seven cities.  The idea is to encourage developers to work together …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
SAP Joins PowerPoint and Twitter - Does This Work?  —  As we approach 2010, a number of new efforts are underway to make documents more social.  One consultant told us how recently a client tried to turn Sharepoint into a Twitter client.  That's a monster!
Discussion: CloudAve, Thanks:enauzer
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
E-tailers snagged in marketing ‘scam’ blame customers  —  First the good news for consumers: the U.S. government's investigation into how dozens of well-known online stores worked with controversial marketers to “deceive” customers out of $1.4 billion has prompted some retailers …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Shows Online, Brought to You by ...  JENNIE GARTH of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame has a new series.  But don't look for it on a broadcast network or a cable channel.  —  Likewise, Candace Bushnell of “Sex and the City” and “Lipstick Jungle” is back at work in the video realm.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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John Leyden / The Register:
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
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