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3:25 PM ET, December 5, 2009

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Strikes Deal to Buy the Music Start-Up Lala  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the most recent sign that Apple is looking at alternative ways for people to store and play their digital music, the company has agreed to buy Lala, a four-year-old start-up based in Palo Alto, Calif., a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Confirmed: Apple Buys Music Service Lala, at a Fire Sale Price
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
The rise and fall of MySpace  —  In summer 2005, having spent the best part of four decades ­building a newspaper, film and television empire, Rupert Murdoch decided that the time had come to get serious about the internet.  As founder and chairman of News Corporation …
Discussion: Beet.TV
David / TmoNews:
Google Phone To T-Mobile?  —  Let me just preface this post with a total rumor disclaimer, to be read only with serious grains of salt.  —  That being said, information has been passed along to me in a very James Bond type way from a trusty ninja who has yet to lead me astray.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Does Google Even Understand What News Is?  —  The art of verbal self-defense can be tricky.  Ramble on while defending yourself against critics, and you can expose yourself to new criticisms.  For a recent and clear case study in this misstep, look no further than Google's own Eric Schmidt.
Thanks:atul
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble's Nook gets a brief and early hands-on  —  Thanks to a very generous anonymous tipster, we've gotten a number of hands-on pics of Barnes & Noble's soon to be released (for some) Nook e-reader.  The impressions we've been given, however, weave a tale of a laggy Android interface …
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
Beware Social Media Snake Oil  —  Hordes of marketing “experts” are promoting the value of wikis, social networks, and blogs.  All the hype may obscure the real potential of these online tools  —  For business, the rising popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media Web sites presents a tantalizing opportunity.
Discussion: broadstuff and Glass House, Thanks:atul
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Spot 10 Balloons, Win $40,000  —  If you look up and see red weather balloons this weekend, take note.  You've unwittingly entered into a social experiment. … The Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, launched 10 balloons, each eight feet wide …
David Sasaki / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Democratizing the Geography of Information  —  As little as a year ago Google Maps had no geographic information about San Javier La Loma, a small working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Medellín where the ConVerGentes group of the HiperBarrio citizen journalism project is based.
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Don't Create an IPhone App for the Online Buzz Factor  —  App Chatter Doesn't Build Brands, Long-term Engagement Does  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — For all the love that marketers show iPhone apps, these micro-utilities and tools actually generate surprisingly little buzz in return.
Google Public Policy Blog:
When sources disagree: borders and place names in Google Earth and Maps  —  Collecting and sharing the most accurate information about place names and borders is a tough task that every map maker faces.  The first sources are the nations themselves, but when neighboring countries claim overlapping territories …
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Study: MySQL use to drop under Oracle ownership  —  Survey finds that Oracle ownership would blunt demand for Sun's open source database  —  IDG News Service - Usage of the open-source MySQL database is set to decline if Oracle succeeds in buying the software's owner, Sun Microsystems …
Discussion: The Register and New York Post
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad Litigation Imminent  —  It has been a busy week for our former partners on the CrunchPad.  The company has deleted their corporate blog, taken the time to hire a PR firm and schedule an event Monday morning to “give their side of the story.”  —  They still have not returned our calls or emails.
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
EtherPad Shuts Down after Google Acquisition  —  EtherPad is a Web-based tool for simultaneous writing and editing, in which multiple people can see keystrokes as other people type them.  It's now about to disappear after the acquisition by Google of AppJet, the firm that developed EtherPad.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Hit the mark with Video Targeting
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Jared Newman / PC World:
Experts Not Surprised By iPhone Malicious App Report
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Google Chrome now bundled with Avast
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