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7:10 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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Richard Barley / TweetDeck's posterous:
Coming Soon: Bring Your LinkedIn Network to TweetDeck
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
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 …
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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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple responds to reports of new iPhone worm
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW and InformationWeek
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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 …
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Pre Style Multitasking Hits The iPhone Via Multifl0w  —  The iPhone's lack of native multitasking is in my opinion its only (or one of its few) defects.  Well, you can still play music while surfing the web and push notifications are probably a much better way to go when it comes to aim …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: DSLreports
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Palm Director Dutta Said to Join Elevation Partners  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Palm Inc. director and former EBay Inc. executive Rajiv Dutta is joining Elevation Partners LP and will help the private equity firm raise money for a second fund, according to a person familiar with the decision.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Camangi's WebStation tablet ships soon, sports Android, loves early birds (video)
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
PC market crash averted, says Gartner
Discussion: internetnews.com and BetaNews
Gaurav Shukla / AndroidOS.in:
TripIt for Android makes travel simpler; now in Android Market
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bizjournals:
HP Q4 profit rises to $2.4B
Discussion: www.hp.com
Russell Adams / Digits:
Vogue Sees Web Lessons in Obama's Campaign
Discussion: paidContent
BIA/Kelsey Blog:
WebVisible: SMBs Spent Average of $1,658 on Search in Q3 …
Discussion: WebVisible - Blog
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
WinBuyer Raises $6.9 Million For Online Retail App
Discussion: VC Cafe and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
LG outs first netbook in the US, adds AT&T 3G
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Does AT&T turn into a pumpkin in June?
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu to Users: Tag, You're It
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
Why go Pro when iMac goes faster?
Discussion: TUAW, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Expands Its Reach, but Still Can't Get to the U.S.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Human Resources Application Zoho Recruit
Discussion: CloudAve, pluGGd.in and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Microsoft's Bing Gets ‘Stickier,’ Grabs More Local Dollars
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:mrinaldesai