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2:05 PM ET, November 13, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome OS To Launch Within A Week  —  Google's Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we've heard from a reliable source.  Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall.  —  What can we expect?
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David Coursey / PC World:
Google Chrome OS: A Nice Place to Visit, But?  —  Google's Chrome operating system could mark a turning point in computing, but many questions remain.  Today's rumor is the OS will be released to developers next week, answering some questions but probably raising even more.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch to remove News Corp's content from Google ‘in months’  —  Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corporation, is prepared to remove his company's content from Google' search index “within months” as the pay versus free content debate reaches crisis point.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
News Corp Wants To “Lead” The Media Industry To Its Own Demise  —  Once again, News Corp. is threatening to hide itself from the rest of the Web.  Earlier this week, Rupert Murdoch told an Australian interviewer that he might start blocking Google from the WSJ.com and his other news sites …
Discussion: FishBowlNY
David Pogue / New York Times:
Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now?  —  Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones.  That is, if you get a BlackBerry, Android or similar phone from Verizon, and you decide to switch phones before your two-year contract is up, you'll be socked with a $350 penalty (it used to be $175).
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K. T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Verizon Responds to Data Overcharging Accusations  —  Yesterday the New York Times' David Pogue called Verizon Wireless to the carpet for what he sees as another example of the company's price gouging, this time centered around millions of users' accidental data usage.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Fast Company
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Office 2010 beta leaks early  —  Those who can't wait until next week for the beta of Office 2010 can apparently find the code already on torrent Web sites.  —  According to Neowin, the beta code has popped up on peer-to-peer sites in recent days.  —  Meanwhile, another enthusiast site …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
App Store dejection process - now Rogue Amoeba leaves the flock  —  The App Store rejection process continues to infuriate even long-term Apple developers, and something will have to change - today we see long time Mac developers, Rogue Amoeba, announce they will no longer develop apps …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Editorial: Hey, AT&T — drop lawsuits, not calls  —  AppleInsider published a piece this week that does a good job rounding up the latest counterarguments we've been hearing against Verizon's claims in its suddenly ultra-aggressive attacks on archrival AT&T's network — attacks that have offended …
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att.com:
AT&T Sets the Record Straight on Verizon Ads
John C Abell / Epicenter:   In Escalating War Against Verizon, AT&T Is Getting Tone Deaf — and Outflanked
Billy Biggs / YouTube Blog:
1080p HD Comes to YouTube  —  We're excited to say that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is on its way.  Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today.
Electronista:
Dell officially enters smartphones with Mini 3  —  Dell today formally entered the smartphone race by launching the Mini 3.  The full-touchscreen phone depends on a customized version of Android and will have different features based on the region.  While most details aren't available …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Dell smart phone to debut in China, Brazil
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
Sleek Vega Tablet with Android 2.0, Touchscreen, and 3G Arrives Next Year  —  I'm psyched to see Android moving into tablets.  Some of the first will be from Innovative Converged Devices (ICD), who say their Tegra-powered 7-, 11-, and 15-inch tablets will arrive through “tier one” carriers in the first half of 2010.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Google Voice Violates Google's Own Privacy Policy (Updated)  —  I've had a nagging frustration in my otherwise perfect relationship with Google Voice.  The service systematically replaces my friend's phone numbers with their Google Voice numbers when they call, even when they aren't calling from Google Voice.
Discussion: internetnews.com and Seeking Alpha
Preston Gralla / Preston Gralla's blog:
Google excec: Don't quit Microsoft Office for Google Docs —  yet  —  A Google executive has admitted what most already people know: Google Docs simply isn't good enough yet for prime time.  “We wouldn't ask people to get rid of Microsoft Office and use Google Docs because it is not mature yet …
Discussion: CNET News and ZDNet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble At Twitter: U.S. Visitors Down 8 Percent In October  —  Ever since last summer, Twitter's growth in the U.S. has been stalling.  But in October, the number of people who visited Twitter.com from the U.S. actually declined for the first time by 8 percent month-over-month.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pingdom Says People Are Tweeting 27 Million Times A Day
Discussion: Pulse2
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft opens up Windows 7 to advertisers via downloadable themes  —  The same way that it already allows advertisers to buy placement on various Microsoft sites and properties, Microsoft may allow them to extend their brands onto Windows 7.  —  The ads aren't being foisted on Windows 7 users.
CNET News:
Verizon tests sending RIAA copyright notices  —  Verizon Communications customers who pirate music files may soon receive an unwelcome letter from the company.  —  Verizon, the second-largest phone company in the United States, is expected to begin issuing “copyright notices” …
Google Voice Blog:
Google welcomes Gizmo5  —  Today we're pleased to announce we've acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers.  While we don't have any specific features to announce right now, Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My world has changed (and I get to share with you)  —  Twitter's new list feature is one of those things that seems simple on the surface and is easily ignored.  —  But it has deeply changed how I get my news and how I interact with the tech community.  —  Click through these lists …
Louisa Hearn / Illawarra Mercury:
Creator of Rick Astley iPhone worm threatened  —  When 21-year-old Ashley Towns released the very first iPhone virus from his home in Wollongong a week ago he was not anticipating death threats, media interviews or job offers.  —  But he says he got all three in one day after an audacious viral security …
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, A Beta Version Of Chrome For Mac Is Just Weeks Away  —  Yesterday, there were a number of stories suggesting that a beta version of Chrome for Mac was due in early December.  These stemmed from CNET's Stephen Shankland digging around a Chrome Extension Google Group page where Nick Baum …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Dolly Parton Says: You Should Try IE8 Webslices!  —  In what's got to be the most amusing celebrity tech endorsement of the season so far, Dolly Parton has gone on YouTube endorsing Microsoft's IE8.  It's got this great webslices feature, you see.  “You've got to have Internet Explorer 8 to use webslices …
Discussion: Technologizer
CNET News:
A CNET Conversation with Eric Schmidt  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—It has been quite a year for Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and upon the close of his interview this week with CNET, he ruefully shook his head in acknowledgment that the world is not likely to slow down for the perhaps the most influential company on the Internet.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Softpedia News
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Cray, Dell, Microsoft Team Up on HPC Workstation, Cluster  —  Cray and Dell are partnering on a new integrated workstation and compute cluster aimed at such customers as SMB R&D groups and enterprises new to HPC.  The Cray CX1-iWS systems offer an integrated high-end workstation and a compute cluster …
 
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Alex Crippen / CNBC.com:
Microsoft's Bill Gates Praises Apple's Steve Jobs For ‘Saving the Company’
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Retrevo Lets You Tap Into Electronics Recommendations Via SMS And Twitter
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone Game Maker Apologizes for Stealing Phone Numbers, Calls Lawsuit “Meritless”
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Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AP To Ask Google For A Better Search Ranking
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What Were Black People Talking About on Twitter Last Night?
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A single smartphone can DoS federal wiretaps
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