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2:10 PM ET, November 24, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Mark Harris / Times of London:
The Googlephone: Google gears up for attack on mobile-phone market  —  The internet giant is about to launch a system offering free calls - along with the mother of all handsets.  —  Google is gearing up for an all-out assault on the mobile-phone market that will include a new …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon bolsters battery life for Kindle; Adds native PDF reader  —  Amazon on Tuesday said it has improved the battery life of the Kindle and added a native PDF reader.  —  The statement appears to be timed to get holiday shoppers off the fence about the Kindle as rivals like Barnes & Noble …
New York Times:
Price War Brews Between Amazon and Wal-Mart  —  Ali had Frazier.  Coke has Pepsi.  The Yankees have the Red Sox.  —  Now Wal-Mart, the mightiest retail giant in history, may have met its own worthy adversary: Amazon.com.  —  In what is emerging as one of the main story lines …
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox:
Best Buy adds $197 HP laptop to Black Friday lineup  —  Best Buy on Tuesday announced that it will bolster its Black Friday deals with a $197 HP laptop.  —  Available in-store beginning Friday, Nov. 27, the HP laptop features an Intel Celeron 900 processor, 2GB memory and a 160GB hard drive.
Discussion: TFTS, I4U News and Crave
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.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Apple iPhone Ad Succeeds Where AT&T Fails  —  Apple's jumping into the battle that sees Verizon Wireless and AT&T flaming each other in advertisements, but unlike AT&T's recent effort to defend itself, Apple's new pair of iPhone ads are actually good.  —  To recap, Verizon fired the first volley …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Search Box Gets Smarter  —  Yahoo has announced a new set of features for its Search Assist service that makes the Yahoo search box a lot smarter.  —  Perhaps the main innovation here is the inclusion of content and information right inside the Search Assist dropdown.
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Major Intel chip upgrade coming to new Netbooks  —  Intel is set to announce the biggest makeover for its Atom processor since it was introduced back in the spring of 2008.  And PC makers are ready with new Netbook models, some due before the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in January.
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 …
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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Local Shopping Search Engine Milo Gets $4 Million From Mint's Patzer, Others  —  Milo, a startup betting that Americans will be as likely to use the internet to inform purchases at local stores as to replace them, has raised $4 million from a roster of big name investors.
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
New search ad formats  —  At Google, we're committed to giving you the information you want — regardless of the form in which it might appear.  —  Text is often useful, but sometimes videos and pictures are a more effective way to receive information.  For example, if you want to learn a magic trick …
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 …
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: Epicenter, Digital Trends and AppScout
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook co-founder's Asana raises $9M from Benchmark, Andreessen-Horowitz  —  Asana, the productivity management startup from Facebook co-founder Dustin Muskovitz and lead engineer Justin Rosenstein, has raked in $9 million from Benchmark Capital and Andreessen-Horowitz.
Discussion: Bits, BoomTown, TechCrunch and Asana
AppleInsider:
Apple and Live Nation debut iTunes live music program  —  Apple has teamed up with concert promoter Live Nation to launch a new live music program that offers exclusive recorded and filmed concerts, both companies announced Tuesday.  —  The new content stems from Live Nation's network of …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
Alex Williams / ReadWriteEnterprise:
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
Michael Larabel / Phoronix:
Chromium OS, Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook Remix Benchmarks  —  Home Articles & Reviews Search RSS IRC Contact Forums  —  Intel released Moblin 2.1 earlier this month, Canonical released Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 late last month, and various other vendors have offered up their fall distribution refreshes too.
Jason Robitaille / PreCentral.net:
Precorder Enters Alpha Testing Phase  —  Those following the PreCentral video recording thread will know this has been a long time coming.  Back before webOS 1.3.1, video recording was a pipe dream and would require a lot of work to get done in a successful, safe manner.  —  However, webOS 1.3.1 changed all that.
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
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
VUDU updates keep rolling by integrating Wikipedia  —  The VUDU web based architecture is evidently really paying off, because this makes the third VUDU update in the last month.  The company tells us that since its UI is pulled from the web like any other website, it can continue to easily roll out updates.
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
HootSuite lets you schedule status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
Discussion: Hootsuite and paidContent
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Time Warner Dallas Customers Get WiMax December 1 …
Discussion: Pegasus News and Telecompetitor
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Fark and USA Today: Bedfellows in Oddity
Discussion: Technology Live and PR Newswire
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Firms channeling apps to TV
Discussion: AppleInsider and Mac|Life
BBC:
Protests grow over digital bill
Discussion: Telegraph and p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla Ups Its Game And Hints At Future Business Models
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Begin Questioning ACTA Secrecy
Discussion: keionline.org and DSLreports
Dan Goodin / The Register:
IE bug leaks private details from 50m PDF files
Discussion: SecureThoughts.com
Associated Press:
Corel says takeover needed to prevent collapse
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Google-backed Pixazza opens up photo tagging service to help blogs earn revenue
Discussion: The Blog Herald and ResourceShelf