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6:40 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.  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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: VG247, Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
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.
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
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).
Thanks:enauzer
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
How Search Engines, Aggregators & Blogs Use News Content  —  Ahead of next week's FTC workshop on journalism and the internet, I gave an informal briefing to several people from the FTC about the differences between how search engines, aggregators and news blogs all gather content automatically and through human editing.
Discussion: Screenwerk and Electricpig.co.uk, Thanks:atul
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.
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Qualcomm Antitrust Probe Dropped by European Union Regulators  —  Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — European Union regulators dropped a four-year-old investigation into Qualcomm Inc. after companies that accused the chipmaker of charging excessive royalties on technology patents withdrew their complaints.
Ben Schmitt / Detroit Free Press:
‘Spam King’ gets 4 years for fraud  —  A West Bloomfield man dubbed by the feds as the “spam king” was sentenced today by a federal judge to more than four years for a stock-fraud scheme that netted him $2.7 million in the summer of 2005.  Alan Ralsky, 63, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy …
Scott Hogg / Network World:
BackTrack4 Uses IPv6 to Cover Tracks  —  Security assessment toolkit uses Miredo as back-channel  —  This past week I was working on performing a security assessment and I was using the latest version of BackTrack 4.  I noticed that it has Miredo support to help auditors establish a secret IPv6 …
Associated Press:
Corel says takeover needed to prevent collapse  —  OTTAWA — Corel Corp., the maker of WordPerfect and other software, on Monday justified an offer to take the company private, saying that complete ownership is necessary to inject capital quickly and avert a default on its loans.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Datel sues Microsoft over Xbox cheating crackdown  —  Datel Design & Development on Friday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft after the software company locked out unauthorized Xbox 360 memory units.  —  Datel, which makes popular third-party memory units for the gaming console …
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 …
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.
Jeremy Hsu / Popular Science:
Rat Brain Modelers Denounce IBM's Cat Brain Simulation as “Shameful and Unethical” Hoax  —  The Blue Brain project leader says that IBM's simulated brain does not even reach an ant's brain level  —  IBM's claim of simulating a cat cortex generated quite a buzz last week …
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Google hoodwinked into pushing Chrome OS scareware
Stuart Levine / Variety:
TiVo, Google pact in data deal
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP beats earnings guidance but cites pricing pressures in PCs and printers
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Report: Apple's ‘Black Friday’ deals cut Mac prices 8%
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and IntoMobile
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Latest Opera Update Hopes to ‘Unite’ the Web
Discussion: Opera Press Room and ReadWriteWeb
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
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