The Morning Lowdown 11.03.10


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»  For the first time last night, the New York Times went live via online video from its newsroom with reports and commentary on the mid-term election. []

»  The Washington Post seems to believe it’s learned its lessons from the aborted hyperlocal site LoudounExtra after two years. The paper is looking to create a series of micro-local sites. [TBD]

»  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) celebrated the 10th anniversary of AdWords by adding more mobile functions, such as “click to call,” which allows smartphone searchers to speak directly to a marketer. [AdAge]

»  The sparring between Jason Calacanis and Mike Arrington over the TechCrunch50 event they co-produced is escalating beyond the tweet stage. Calacanis is threatening a lawsuit, claiming the event helped increase the tech network’s value to AOL (NYSE: AOL) and seeking a piece of the sale. Arrington went public overnight with the demand letter (also sent to AOL’s Tim Armstrong and David Eun), the draft filing and his version of why the partnership went south, complete with dueling personal behavior allegations. [TechCrunch]

»  Still can’t decide if you like that song on iTunes? Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) may be planning to extend song previews to 90 seconds (in the U.S.). [MacRumors]

»  The introduction of an “unlike” button Facebook could make wall posts from marketers seem a little bit more like e-mail — meaning that ad messages better be relevant or be regarded as spam. [Clickz]

»  Foursquare is now letting business kick out “fake mayors” from the site’s check-ins. [Techcrunch]

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