Diginews - Iphone as a Credit card terminal - Russian patents ;-) - Flickr veteran laid off - India mulls censoring Google Earth - Asense for Domains

Any US publisher with a domain name he or she isn't using (yet) can now squeeze a couple of extra dollars out of it by using Google AdSense For Domains, another way for the search giant to make more money from online real estate and give some of it back to people with parked domains.

A merchant selling T-shirts on the Seattle waterfront or a craft maker at the Fremont Sunday market could whip out their iPhone, input a customer's credit card information and process the sale on the spot.

Entrepreneur Oleg Teterin said the trademark for the ;-) emoticon was granted to him by Russia's federal patent agency. "It won't cost that much - tens of thousands of dollars," added the businessman, who is president of Superfone, a company that sells advertising on mobile phones. The president of Russian social networking site odnoklassniki.ru, Nikita Sherman said: "You're not likely to find any retards in Russia who'll pay Superfone for the use of emoticons".

The round of 1,500 layoffs at Yahoo this week included a number of high-profile members of the team at photo-sharing site Flickr, including George Oates, designer of the site's clean user interface, the Guardian reported.

Following last month's terrorist situation in Mumbai, legal advocates in India demand that the country's High Court implement a "blur" on certain locations featured in Google Earth. Earlier this week it was revealed that the terrorists used a number of so-called "new" technologies, including Google Earth and VoIP mobile services, to organize their attacks. According to the petition, Google Earth "aids terrorists in plotting attacks" and provides "absolutely no control to prevent misuse or limit access" to sensitive locations, reports The Times.

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