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4:20 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
Discussion: FishBowlNY
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Airfoil Speakers Touch Situation  —  Regarding today's aforelinked tale from Rogue Amoeba regarding the four-month-long process to get a minor bug-fix update to Airfoil Speakers Touch published on the App Store, several readers who insist upon defending Apple in this matter have pointed me to Jeff LaMarche's response.
Discussion: VentureBeat, iLounge and The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Fast Company
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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
Alex Crippen / CNBC.com:
Microsoft's Bill Gates Praises Apple's Steve Jobs For ‘Saving the Company’  —  Microsoft's Bill Gates had some words of praise today for Steve Jobs, the CEO of arch-rival Apple, despite the blistering “Mac and PC” television ads that sharply, and humorously, criticize the new Windows 7 operating system.
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Badda Bing!  Microsoft woos newspapers by funding their stick to beat Google  —  As Microsoft shed its beta tag for the launch of the UK version of Bing today, TechCrunch Europe has learnt that it held a secret meeting with a group of big European publishers, mainly newspapers.
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:robinwauters
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 …
Preston Gralla / Preston Gralla's blog:
Google exec: 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: ReadWriteEnterprise and ZDNet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Runs Ads Highlighting Their No-Ad Policy  —  Moments after Craigslist founder Craig Newmark joins the Wikimedia/Wikipedia advisory board things start to go crazy.  —  Way back in 2006 Jason Calacanis, then an executive at AOL, was trying to convince Wikipedia to puts ads on the site.
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 …
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Sony, B&N promise to rekindle rights for book owners  —  I recently talked to Sony's Steve Haber, President of Digital Reading, about its flagship ebook reader.  Named the “Daily Edition,” it hits stores next month.  Notwithstanding differences between each manufacturer's respective libraries …
Discussion: Eee Reader
Patrickj / Just Another iPhone Blog:
Quick Look: Walmart App for iPhone  —  Just in time for the holiday season, the biggest retailer in the US (or is it the world?) has brought out an iPhone app.  Walmart is the official app from the retail giant.  Its App Store description promises that it is 'designed to help you find great products …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Shrs Rally On Speculation Nokia Could Bid  —  Palm (PALM) shares are trading higher this morning on what Briefing.com describes as “NOK for PALM” chatter.  —  While there's not a lot to go on here, I would note that there's certainly a case to be made for Nokia (NOK) buying Palm …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
 
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Roger Parloff / Fortune:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
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Louisa Hearn / Illawarra Mercury:
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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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John C Abell / Epicenter:
In Escalating War Against Verizon, AT&T Is Getting Tone Deaf — and Outflanked
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