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6:50 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
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 …
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Paul Kafasis / Under The Microscope:
Airfoil Speakers Touch 1.0.1 Finally Ships  —  First, the basics: Airfoil Speakers Touch version 1.0.1 is now available in the App Store.  This update fixes issues with audio sync that could be heard when audio was playing to multiple outputs.  If you haven't used Airfoil …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Airfoil Speakers Touch Situation
Discussion: iPhone Development, Thanks:atul
Victoria Ho / ZDNet:
Google: Firms can ‘get rid’ of Office in a year  —  SINGAPORE—In a year, most enterprises will have the choice to “get rid of [Microsoft] Office if they chose to”, suggests Dave Girouard, president of Google's enterprise division.  —  Girouard, one of the company's four presidents including …
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: Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Is Dell's Android Smartphone Doomed?  —  Dell confirmed it is releasing an Android-based smartphone, called the Mini 3, in China and Brazil, but the company's lack of details about the handset makes it hard to get excited.  Dell's unwillingness to share more about the Mini 3 also has me wondering …
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Electronista:
Dell officially enters smartphones with Mini 3
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 …
Joe Hewitt:
On Middle Men  —  The Internet has been incredibly empowering to creators, and just as destructive to middle men.  In the 20th century, every musician needed a record label to get his or her music heard.  Every author needed a publishing house to be read.  Every journalist needed a newspaper.
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 …
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
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: Seeking Alpha
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 …
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.
bit.ly blog:
Summary Bit.ly Stats  —  For a long time, our users have been requesting summarized views of their click data.  Today, we have taken the first in a series of steps to expose a summary of data across all of your Bit.ly links.  —  At the top of your Bit.ly history, you'll see a small chart displaying …
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebNewser, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Joanna Stern / SlashGear:
Hey, Premium Notebooks or Netbooks, Get the Basics Right!  —  I wrote this column on the Nokia Booklet 3G which is, in my opinion, the most luxurious looking netbook on the market.  And for its $600 ($299 with a pretty expensive 2 year AT&T contract) it sure as heck should be.
Associated Press:
N.J. computer programmer who worked for Bernard Madoff is arrested by FBI  —  NEW YORK — Two former employees for Bernard Madoff programmed an old IBM computer to generate false records that concealed the money manager's massive Ponzi scheme and were given hush money when they threatened to stop lying, federal prosecutors said today.
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 …
 
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
WHERE helps us track DROID infestation, sales numbers
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Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Microsoft Hohm launches for Xcel Energy customers
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Authors Guild Cheers Modified Book Settlement (Which Isn't Even Out Yet)
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Intel settlement: The power of emails
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile USA expands Broadband2Go sales
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Sony, B&N promise to rekindle rights for book owners
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Louisa Hearn / Illawarra Mercury:
Creator of Rick Astley iPhone worm threatened
Discussion: The Register
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Retrevo Lets You Tap Into Electronics Recommendations Via SMS And Twitter
Discussion: WebNewser
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iPhone Game Maker Apologizes for Stealing Phone Numbers, Calls Lawsuit “Meritless”
Discussion: Macworld
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Boo.com Got Sold Again!
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Associated Press:
Swiss Privacy Agency to Sue Google Over Street View
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
My world has changed (and I get to share with you)
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
The Apple iPod touch you can't buy
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