Monday morning links serving: The November 30th edition

Google set to map the world – and push out GPS makers
In what seems to be the norm for Google, it is once again disrupting an entire market by giving something away for free that’s both competitive and capable. TomTom and Garmin saw their share prices plummet upon Google’s announcement, and rightfully so.

15 Unfortunately Placed Ads
Advertising can be creative and even purposely funny. But sometimes, an ad on a bad place can have unexpected results.

10 Alternatives To Mininova
After nearly five years of loyal service, Mininova disabled access to over a million torrent files when it partly shut down its website. Starting today, only approved publishers are able to upload files to the site, but luckily there are plenty of alternatives and potential replacements BitTorrent users can flock to.

61 Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For
Earlier this week we asked you to share the free apps you’re most thankful for, and after rounding up thousands of your suggestions, considering our own favorites, and performing a little spreadsheet magic, we’ve cooked up our own cornucopia of excellent free software and webapps we’re extremely thankful for.

Microsoft: Project Natal Could Replace Your TV Remote
It’s entirely possible, and reasonable, that the controllerless Project Natal technology Microsoft is developing will replace a remote control on Xbox 360-powered TVs, Marc Whitten, the general manager responsible for Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, told attendees at the Streaming Media West show.

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