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Google Code Blog:
Introducing Closure Tools  —  Millions of Google users worldwide use JavaScript-intensive applications such as Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Maps.  Like developers everywhere, Googlers want great web apps to be easier to create, so we've built many tools to help us develop these (and many other) apps.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: “I Did Every Horrible Thing In The Book Just To Get Revenues”  —  Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said earlier this week that he intends to make sure his company's games don't include scammy offers in the future.  Our full background on this story is here.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google CEO: Hopefully we won't repeat Microsoft's past mistakes  —  Eric Schmidt appeared on Fox Business Network tonight for an extensive interview with host Neil Cavuto, who pressed the Google CEO a couple times over whether the company has the potential to become the next Microsoft …
Discussion: GigaOM
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%  —  It has been quite amazing to watch the global excitement build around Windows 7, especially during a tough economic climate.  It was just a few short weeks ago that we learned about Windows 7 outselling the UK's “own” Harry Potter.
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Randy Lewis / Pop & Hiss:
No Doubt sues Activision over Band Hero [Updated]  —  Rock band No Doubt has filed a real-world lawsuit over its virtual role in the just-released Band Hero edition of the Guitar Hero video game series, claiming that the game has “transformed No Doubt band members into a virtual karaoke circus act …
Nick Gianos / Facebook Developers:
Continued Action Against Deceptive Ads  —  As part of an ongoing effort we've had underway to address the quality of third-party ads running inside applications, we wanted to offer some clarifications, reminders, and information on our actions.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Increase Enforcement Of Anti-Scam Rules
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Woman to Broadcast Birth on Internet  —  Social Network for Mothers to Stream Live Video of Delivery  —  For many people, it's one of life's most intimate moments.  But for a 23-year-old Minnesota teacher, the birth of her first child will be an event open to anyone in the world.
Discussion: 901am and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Curating Trending Topic Tweets  —  Twitter's Trending Topics area is one of the easiest things to game on the web.  Even when trends start out as real items, spammers often latch onto them with bogus tweets hoping to ride the wave and get some people seeing their spammy nonsense.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Midnight Droid madness in Manhattan  —  NEW YORK—More than a hundred people were lined up at midnight Thursday outside a Verizon Wireless store in midtown Manhattan to be among the first people to buy the new Motorola Droid.  —  About 65 eager shoppers lined the south side of West 34th Street across …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Google & Yahoo Make Money Off A Twitter Typo Domain  —  Like many people, I misspelled a domain name today when I was trying to visit a web site.  I typed Twiter.com (with one T) rather than Twitter.com.  I wasn't surprised to land on a site with ads, as is common when entering typos.
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T gearing up to launch $99 8GB iPhone 3GS?  —  Definitely not confirmed, but rather interesting nonetheless.  We've heard now from two sources that AT&T, and we guess Apple, are contemplating launching an 8GB iPhone 3GS at the $99 price point before Christmas.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Splitting Up Search  —  Distributing a search engine's index around the world could make it faster and more efficient, researchers say.  —  Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according to researchers at Yahoo.
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Palm Shows Ares WebOS Development Tool  —  Palm will introduce a Web-based development environment for WebOS applications, called Ares, by the end of this year.  —  Ares got its first public demonstration on Thursday at the Open Mobile Summit conference in San Francisco.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Creator's New Startup Gets An “Extremely Hot Angel Deal”  —  Twitter chairman and cofounder Jack Dorsey has a new startup called the Square iPhone Payment System, to be located at SquareUp.com.  —  The business will be selling consumers on an attachment for their iPhones they can use …
Mike Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Apple testing RFID-enabled iPhone?  —  Einar Rosenberg, who runs the Near Field Communications Group on Linkedin.com, has reported the following: … For more details on Apple's ‘Touch Screen RFID Tag Reader’ patent see our earlier article here.  —  UPDATE: And here's the Touch Project's iPhone RFID demonstration video:
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: Android, and How It Will Take Over the World  —  This week we met Motorola's Droid, the first handset with Android 2.0.  To an outsider, it just looks like another Google smartphone, but 2.0 is more than that: it's proof that Android is finally going to take over the world.
Discussion: Mashable! and AppleInsider
Epicenter:
Judge Halts Online Sale of Beatles Songs  —  A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Santa Cruz company to immediately quit selling Beatles and other music on its online site, setting aside a preposterous argument that it had copyrights on songs via a process called “psycho-acoustic simulation.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Near-final Thunderbird 3 due next week  —  Thunderbird 3, an update to the e-mail software that Mozilla hopes will give it some of the advantages of its Firefox browser has enjoyed, is due to arrive in near-final form next week.  —  Mozilla Messaging plans to issue release candidate 1 …
Tyler Hamilton / Technology Review:
Betting on a Metal-Air Battery Breakthrough  —  A government-funded start-up claims it can make ionic liquid energy storage feasible.  —  A spinoff from Arizona State University says it can develop a metal-air battery that dramatically outperforms the best lithium-ion batteries on the market …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
US Cyworld Will No Longer Be Able To Service  —  Ah, Engrish.  There's a whole world of funny translations out there to laugh at.  —  Cyworld, the massive Korean based virtual world, is shutting down its U.S. site, which draws all of 112,000 monthly visitors according to Comscore.
Discussion: paidContent
Juan Carlos Perez / ITworld.com:
Postini technology to spread across Google Apps  —  I like it!  —  The Postini technology that lets Google Apps Premier administrators control their e-mail environments by establishing and enforcing usage policies, rules and parameters will be extended to the other applications of the suite.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating ‘Grab & Go’ simplified cross-platform sync  —  Apple could make the transferring of files between devices like Macs, iPhones and the Apple TV simpler with a new cross-platform, cloud-integrated sync service.  —  In a system described in a new patent application …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Sean Parker's “Causes” to Leave MySpace: Does It Matter?  —  The wildly popular nonprofit fundraising application Causes reportedly emailed users of its MySpace app on Tuesday to tell them that all Causes will be removed from MySpace on Friday morning, in three days.
Discussion: ssireview.org
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD GPU shortage causing PC vendors to delay products to 1Q10  —  Tight supply of AMD GPUs has caused several PC vendors to delay their mass shipment schedules by about two months to the first quarter of 2010, according to sources at the companies.  —  AMD's 40nm ATI Radeon HD 5000 series …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
iPhone Users Sue Gaming Company For Harvesting Cell Numbers  —  Gaming manufacturer Storm8 has been sued for allegedly collecting phone numbers of iPhone users who downloaded the company's popular games from the iTunes app store.  —  “The wireless telephone numbers of users' phones are not used …
Brandon Badger / Google Book Search Blog:
List of all magazines now available in Google Books  —  Posted by Jeffrey Peng, Software Engineer, Google Books  —  I'm a software engineer on Google Books.  One of my main projects is adding magazine content and features to the site.  In September we were excited to announce the availability …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
As Facebook Ages, Gen Y Turns to Twitter  —  Facebook is getting old.  No, people aren't getting tired of it, it's actually getting old, as in its population is aging.  In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26.  Today, it's 33, a good seven years older.
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Upgrade Path to Android 2.0 Uncertain  —  With this week's release of Verizon Wireless' Droid phone comes the first real test of the potential for fragmentation with Android.  —  The Droid will be the first phone to run Android 2.0.  After it goes on sale Friday, there will be Android phones …
 
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Federal data protection law inches forward
Discussion: eWeek
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
E-Commerce Health is in the Eye of the Beholder
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Demonoid is Alive, The Tracker Has Returned
Discussion: digg.com
Tameka Kee / mocoNews:
Mogreet Launches MMS-Based Video Ad Platform
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
The Associated Press Offers Platform To Publishers For Building Mobile Apps
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Slacker Radio now playing on Android phones
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James Urquhart / CNET News:
IBM launches development and test cloud
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Zoho rebrands as FakeOffice (not really, but it's catchy, no?)
Discussion: Zoho Blogs
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Lawsuit alleges Offerpal co-founder was cheated out of ownership
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Social and CNET News
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Motorola DROID goes on sale a little early at Best Buy Mobile
Discussion: Digits, PC World and SoftSailor
John Cox / Network World:
Apple seeks new sheriff to lock up iPhones
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook ‘What People Are Up To,’ …
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