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5:25 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 …
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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 and GamesIndustry.biz
John Leyden / The Register:
Google hoodwinked into pushing Chrome OS scareware  —  Tamper tantrum  —  Rogue anti-virus scammers have tainted search results for Chromium OS - the open source version of Google's Chrome OS - in a bid to expose surfers hunting the web operating system to a fake anti-virus scan scam instead.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Creative rolls out third gen Vado HD pocket camcorder  —  Creative sure seems to be taking the incremental approach to upgrades with its Vado HD pocket camcorders, but if you've found the previous two models just a tad lacking, you might want to consider the company's newly announced 3rd gen model.
Discussion: Creative, Electronista and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and IntoMobile
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 …
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 …
 
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Associated Press:
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Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
Latest Opera Update Hopes to ‘Unite’ the Web
Discussion: Opera Press Room and ReadWriteWeb
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
PC market crash averted, says Gartner
Discussion: internetnews.com and BetaNews
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Palm Director Dutta Said to Join Elevation Partners
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Softpedia News:
Windows 7 Gets Some Family Guy Love after All
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T's new DataConnect Pass plans serve up data a la carte
Discussion: CNET News, Reuters and DSLreports
Russell Adams / Digits:
Vogue Sees Web Lessons in Obama's Campaign
Discussion: paidContent
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Pre Style Multitasking Hits The iPhone Via Multifl0w
Discussion: Gizmodo