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Elvin Lee / Google Photos Blog:
Twice the storage for a quarter of the price  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)  —  People today have more personal data online than ever before.  More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers “in the cloud,” …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Gives You More Storage for Less, but Still No GDrive  —  Google just announced dramatically reduced prices for their online storage options via a post on the company's Official Google Blog.  The new rates give you 20 GB for $5 per year, or, as Google puts it “twice as much storage for a quarter of the old price.”
Michael French / mcvuk.com:
Natal launch details leak from secret Microsoft tour  —  November 2010 release, 5m units global ship, 14 games, and super-low sub-£50 price  —  MCV can this week reveal first details regarding the launch of Microsoft's Project Natal.  —  Our sources say the innovative controller-free 360 camera …
Chris Lambert / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude, now with Location History & Alerts  —  Since the launch of Google Latitude earlier this year, we've been getting a lot of feature requests.  One of the most popular ideas was for Latitude to keep track of location history, allowing you (but not your friends) to see where you've been at any point in time.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide SaaS Revenue to Grow 18 Percent in 2009  —  Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $7.5 billion in 2009, a 17.7 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $6.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will show consistent growth through 2013 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Ads Are Booming, if They're Attached to a Video  —  News Web sites are starting to look a lot less like newspapers and a lot more like television.  —  CNN.com and ESPN.com are featuring video much more prominently on their home pages, often prompting visitors to press play before they begin to read.
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Intego Security Memo: Hacker Tool Copies Personal Info from iPhones  —  Description: Following the recent discovery of a worm that changes wallpaper on iPhones , Intego has spotted another piece of malware that attacks iPhones, one that is far more dangerous than the ikee worm.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Moves Aggressively into HSPA and HSPA+  —  From a carrier with no 3G offerings 18 months ago, T-Mobile has turned the ship fast—and turned the table on its competitors: T-Mobile used today's announcement of a new 3G USB modem to lay out its aggressive plans for 7.2 Mbps HSPA and 21 Mbps HSPA+ deployment nationwide.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hopes to remake programming with Go  —  Google software luminaries including Unix co-creator Ken Thompson believe they can help boost both computing power and programmers' abilities with an experimental programming language project called Go.  —  And on Tuesday, they're taking the veil …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley's Spending Spree Signal a Recovery?  —  This week brought acquisitions of three high-profile technology startups, a welcome break in the gloom that has enveloped Silicon Valley for the past year.  —  On Monday, Google agreed to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising startup backed …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Logitech Takes on Cisco, to Buy LifeSize for $405M
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Emerges as Nintendo Game Rival  —  Japan Giant's Lead in Hand-Held Devices Is Under Pressure From iPhone, iPod Touch  —  Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., is a self-proclaimed Apple Inc. fan.  He carries an iPhone and uses a Mac laptop.  So when Mr. Iwata says Nintendo …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Electronista and Digits
Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Convicted Murderer To Wikipedia: Shhh!  —  In 1990, Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayr was brutally murdered.  Two of his business associates were convicted, imprisoned for the crime, and recently paroled.  Who killed Sedlmayr?  Its a matter of public record, but if one of the men …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Zune HD Marketplace now loaded with free 3D games  —  That latest update to the Zune HD's brainstem has unlocked an extra dimension to the multifunctional device, which can now boast “3D gaming device” among its many accolades.  Aside from fixing a significant issue on the music side …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tests Skippable Ads In YouTube Videos  —  Google will begin testing “skippable” pre-roll ads in videos on YouTube Wednesday that could lead the Mountain View, Calif. search engine toward a new advertising model.  The small sampling, which runs indefinitely, will allow people who find …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Lauds IPhone App That Spreads State Views  —  China's film and TV regulator late Tuesday praised the growth of an iPhone application from state broadcaster CCTV as the country looks for new ways to project its political views abroad.  —  The free iPhone app, one of a growing number …
Discussion: Digits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Is Twitter Worth?  Less Than You Think  —  Twitter, the San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup, recently raised about $98 million dollars from T. Rowe Price, Insight Venture Partners, Spark Capital and Institutional Venture Partners, valuing the company at a whopping $1.1 billion.
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Louis Gray:
Did Twitter Pluck a Data Management Guru from Yahoo!?  —  That Twitter is dealing with massive amounts of data flowing through its servers these days would be an understatement, as the service sees strong growth and significant mindshare.  With the company having passed what looks …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
PhysOrg.com:
Research shows avatars can negatively affect users  —  (PhysOrg.com) — Although often seen as an inconsequential feature of digital technologies, one's self-representation, or avatar, in a virtual environment can affect the user's thoughts, according to research by a University ...
Bing / Search Blog:
Bringing the Best of Web Video to You at Bing Videos  —  Turn off the lights (literally), share with your friends and kick back...you are about to see the latest Bing videos experience.  —  Starting today and rolling out over the next few days Bing videos will provide a new unified online video destination …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ohai launches massively multiplayer online vampire game on Facebook  —  Game startup Ohai is launching a new vampire-themed online world on Facebook as part of an attempt to snare more time and money from social network fans.  —  Social games have exploded on Facebook this year.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 901am
Pete Lidwell / The Official Google Blog:
Locking SafeSearch  —  When you're searching on Google, we think you should have the choice to keep adult content out of your search results.  That's why we developed SafeSearch, a feature that lets you filter sexually explicit web sites and images from your search results.
BBC:
New PC to encourage older users  —  Eighty year old Betty Parsons uses a computer for the first time  —  A new computer aimed at people aged over 60 who are unfamiliar with PCs and the internet has been unveiled.  —  The simplified desktop - called SimplicITy - has just six buttons directing users …
Agence France Presse:
Google ordered to pay 500,000 dlrs to F1 racer Barrichello  —  SAO PAULO — Internet giant Google has been ordered to pay 500,000 dollars in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.  —  The decision by the court …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's AdMob Purchase Will Expand Sales of IPhone Ads, CEO Schmidt Says  —  Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said his company's $750 million purchase of AdMob Inc. will expand sales of ads that appear in applications on smart phones such as the iPhone.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers  —  Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.  —  Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook Facial-Recognition Tagger Goes Live  —  Face.com is opening its photo-tagging system, based on facial-recognition technology, to Facebook members Wednesday. … Photo Tagger, which launched to a limited group of users in July, scans a user's photo albums on the social-networking site, then lets him tag faces it identifies.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In Time For The Holiday Shopping Season, IBM Upgrades E-Commerce …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Defends Skype Buy
New York Times:
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