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10:20 PM ET, November 24, 2009


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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Creates Dual-Class Stock Structure  —  Facebook Inc. has established a dual class stock structure, a move that helps lay the groundwork for an eventual initial public offering.  —  The company is in the process of converting all current shareholders to Class B stock …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Facebook Sets Dual Class Stock Structure; No IPO Plans Just Yet (They Swear!)
News Corp. Joined By Rivals Considering Pulling Their Stories From Google  —  Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — Publishers of the Denver Post and the Dallas Morning News may pull some of their stories from Google Inc.</a>'s news site, a move that would emulate News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Under The Hood: Google News & Ranking Stories
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 …
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 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:   Amazon Upgrades Users' Kindles, Automatically
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Leaked Video: Swyping Versus iPhone Typing.  (Swype For Android Is Next).  —  A year ago, Swype launched a new way to type on a touchscreen phone at TechCrunch50.  Swype was created by the inventor of the T9 predictive typing system used on most phones today because he felt that new text input methods …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft CFO Liddell Leaving; Replaced By Peter Klein  —  Microsoft (MSFT) this afternoon announced that CFO Chris Liddell is leaving the company at the end of 2009, and will be replaced by Peter Klein, who is now CFO of the Microsoft Business Division.  —  Liddell joined the company in May 2005 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hands-On Look at What's New in Office 2010  —  Now that we've had some time to play with the Office 2010 Professional Beta, we thought we'd share what's new and useful inside Microsoft's big suite.  Take a gander at the pictorial evidence below.  —  Overall, Office 2010 is not the kind …
Discussion: Gadget Venue
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Joost: It coulda been a contender, or not  —  If you stepped in late, it sounds awfully dull.  —  An announcement Tuesday tells us all that “certain assets” of a “white-label” online video service called Joost have been acquired by Adconion Media, which calls itself “the largest independent global audience and content network.”
Discussion: DSLreports
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Joost Finally Acquired, By Online Ad Network Adconion
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded WakeMate Helps You Kiss Groggy Mornings Goodbye  —  Ah, the curse of the groggy morning.  You may have followed all the rules: no caffeine before bed, an early bedtime, and all the rest.  But your best efforts are oftentimes for naught, foiled by the mysterious ways of sleep cycles.
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 Moskovitz and lead engineer Justin Rosenstein, has raked in $9 million from Benchmark Capital and Andreessen-Horowitz.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's Massive Traffic Bump?  Thank ABC, New TV Season  —  Viewing Follows TV Patterns as Site Nears Fourth-Quarter Ad Sell Out  —  NEW YORK ( — The Hulu nation is growing — and fast.  —  Fueled by the fall TV season and the addition of ABC shows to its library …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and SEO and Tech Daily, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Sony VAIO X gets OS X Snow Leopard  —  There's a lot to like about Sony's VAIO X ultraportable - its indecently-skinny build, the engineering intelligence that went into its design, and its lengthy battery life just to name a few things - but if you're less than inspired by Windows 7 then how about a Mac OS X version?
Associated Press:
Verizon opposes Sprint's “Most Dependable” claim  —  NEW YORK — A national advertising watchdog is asking Sprint Nextel Corp. to drop its ads calling itself “America's most dependable 3G network.”  —  The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Firefox hopes to one-up IE with fast graphics  —  Last week, Microsoft showed off some browser technology that could help Internet Explorer leapfrog the competition.  But if Mozilla succeeds in its hope, Microsoft could be playing catch-up instead.  —  The technology in question …
Bill Gorman / TV by the numbers:
TiVo Loses 314,000 Subscribers, Worst Quarterly Subscriber Fall Yet, Now Below 3 Million  —  TiVo Loses 314,000 Subscribers vs. 146,000 in Previous Quarter Even by the standards of its continuing loss of subscribers, the last quarter was a particularly bad one for TiVo.
Chris Hall /
PHOTOS: First ELSE hands-on  —  “There are problems in the market.  The First ELSE solves them”, says Amir Kupervas, ELSE CEO, boldly, launching a handset that promises to change the way we think about our phones.  —  Today saw the launch to press and business partners of the First ELSE handset …
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Siri raises $15.5M more for virtual personal assistant  —  For those of you awaiting the next generation of personal assistants, San Jose startup Siri, who's product aims to be a virtual personal assistant (VPA), has just raised $15.5 million in round two funding from Menlo Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures says VentureWire.
Discussion: Internet2Go and Pulse2
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Take-down notices going after Microsoft Cofee  —  You'll recall that CrunchGear broke the news regarding the leak of Microsoft Cofee, a suite of applications used by law enforcement officials for their own devices.  The leak came from a popular BitTorrent site, and then spread to The Pirate Bay and all over the Internet.
Discussion: The Register
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: AppScout and ResourceShelf
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Achtung!  Google Analytics is illegal, say German government officials  —  [Germany] Several federal and regional government officials in Germany are trying to put a ban on Google Analytics, the search giant's free software product that allows website owners and publishers to get detailed statistics …
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
Riptide Reveals Early In-App Purchase Results For Their Free Game Gravity Sling  —  Apple's decision on October 15th to allow free apps to include in-app purchases certainly generated a lot of buzz among developers, and now, thanks to iPhone game developer Riptide, we finally have some results …
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
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
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
U.S. pumps another $620M into smart grid projects  —  Lithium ion batteries face tests in utility-scale storage  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. government has announced a second and final round of economic stimulus grants aimed at accelerating the transition to a smart electric grid.
Discussion: Department of Energy
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Discussion: Techdirt and Gizmodo
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
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