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1:05 PM ET, November 16, 2009

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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Apple tablet: One tech gadget for all  —  The rumored and much-hyped tablet computer from Apple could lay waste to the markets for countless other gadgets.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple's lips are sealed about its widely rumored tablet computer, but technology experts are giddy about the device …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
President Obama Admits That He's Never Used Twitter, But Thinks The Chinese Should Be Able To  —  President Barack Obama has one of the most popular Twitter accounts with over 2.6 million followers.  It should be no real surprise that most of the time it's not him tweeting from it …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
About Half in U.S. Would Pay for Online News, Study Finds  —  Americans, it turns out, are less willing than people in many other Western countries to pay for their online news, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.  —  Among regular Internet users in the United States …
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Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent:
Report: 80% of consumers won't access premium news content
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Thanks Microsoft, Hello Google  —  Thanks to all the fine people at Microsoft.  It was an interesting ride.  Four years, 11 months, and 20 days, and I enjoyed every one of them.  Well, except for the last few days, that was not fun at all.  I hope I played a small part in making Microsoft …
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Ross Miller / Engadget Mobile:
Facebook finally comes to webOS, not with a bang but a whimper  —  Just in time for the Pixi's grand debut, webOS devices (that's just Pixi and Pre) now have their first official Facebook app, joining the ranks of iPhone and Android... and we're sad to report that it's about as barebones as they can get.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Is Sezmi a Cable TV Killer?  —  I've written periodically of my flirtation with dumping cable for an Internet-only approach to my TV watching.  I haven't, however, pulled the trigger-mostly because cable still has a lot of live programming, such as news and sports, that I can't replicate over the Net alone.
NewsWire:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Spica (I5700), its newest Android-powered smartphone  —  Seoul (Korea Newswire) November 16, 2009 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today officially announced its newest Android-powered smartphone, the ‘Galaxy Spica’ (I5700).
Jim Sterling / Destructoid:
Russia bans Modern Warfare 2, recalls all copies of game  —  As everybody knows by now, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 includes an incredibly controversial level set in a Russian airport that has generated much discussion.  The level has proven to be so inflammatory that the real-life Russia has acted …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Many Droids Has Motorola Sold?  —  If you read the reviews, it becomes obvious that I am part of a small minority of folks who haven't been blown away by the new Droid, a Google Android OS-based smartphone made by Motorola that Verizon Wireless launched Nov. 5 in the U.S. All the accolades …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
‘Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America’ Comes to App Store  —  Turn-by-turn GPS navigation applications for the iPhone have been a significant topic of interest since the release of iPhone OS 3.0 earlier this year enabled their deployment, and yet another of the major standalone GPS device companies has finally jumped on board.
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Craig Ellison / Computerworld:   Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS Device
Computerworld:
Cisco ups offer for videoconferencing firm Tandberg to $3.4B  —  Cisco has raised its bid for Norwegian video conferencing vendor Tandberg to 19 billion Norwegian Kroner (US$3.4 billion), up from $3.0 billion, but says it will raise its price no further.  —  Cisco has raised its bid …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The War For the Web  —  On Friday, my latest tweet was automatically posted to my Facebook news feed, as always.  But this time, Tom Scoville noticed a difference: the link in the posting was no longer active.  —  It turns out that a lot of other people had noticed this too.
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Netbooks are dead.  Long live the notebook.  —  Netbooks were hot in 2008 and the first half of 2009, but the trend was actually more of a fad.  Learn why it's over, and why that's a good thing.  —  Netbooks — those underpowered mini laptops with 7-inch screens and unusable little keyboards — are a dying fad.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Take Note: Evernote Raises $10 Million  —  Evernote is the popular note-taking service that works across any platform: desktop, web, or mobile.  —  On Monday morning, the always evolving service is announcing that they've raised $10 million in Series B funding, which follows their Series A round of $6 million.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
AT&T Cloud Adds Compute As a Service  —  AT&T continues to build out its suite of cloud computing services to offer features similar to Amazon Web Services.  Today it is announcing Synaptic Compute As a Service, which offers processing power that can be used for “cloudbursting” of in-house apps or as a testing and development platform.
Nokia:
Nokia E72 in stores now  —  Espoo, Finland - The highly-anticipated Nokia E72, a device tailor-made for business and personal messaging is now available in stores.  To coincide with the arrival of the Nokia E72, Nokia has also released research* revealing that more people rely on email …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS courting Toshiba in bid to become top-3 PC maker?  —  ASUS has already gone public with its plans to jump past Dell to become the number three PC vendor by 2011.  Naturally, with fierce competition from all sides, the Taiwanese PC maker isn't going to achieve this by simply slapping …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Zune to launch outside US  —  Microsoft is launching its Zune entertainment brand outside the US for the first time, attempting to reinvigorate the music-and-movies service after failing to achieve its initial goals for the iPod rival.  —  The first Zune music player was released in 2006 …
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Two rival supercomputers duke it out for top spot  —  A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked at the top in June, while China entered the Top 10 with a hybrid Intel-AMD system.
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Yahoo Launches Comedy Clip Show  —  Yahoo Asks, “What's so Funny?”  —  Yahoo has launched a new original online series sponsored by ConAgra Foods, called “What's So Funny?”  —  “What's So Funny?” features daily three-minute clips with hosts Mike Bachmann and Shira Lazar …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Strikes Back At iLike: No-Spam Policy Cancels Concert Alerts  —  Did Facebook finally unfriend iLike?  It certainly looks that way.  Facebook is restricting iLike from showing people's music data in their profiles (the songs and artists they like) or alerting them to upcoming concerts through Facebook notifications.
PC World:
AT&T's Verizon Ad Battle: Who's Being Hurt Worse?  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  Cell phone lovers, get ready to rumble: AT&T and Verizon are duking it out in an ad-based battle, and the fight isn't showing any signs of slowing down.  Now, some new data suggests the public is starting to take notice.
 
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Sprint:
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Discussion: GigaOM, PhoneNews.com and Phone Scoop
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
RFID Makes Slow And Steady Progress
ZDNet:
Windows Mobile loses nearly a third of market share
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
European carriers face guarantee iPhone risk
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Market Badly Needs A Desktop Presence To Compete With The App Store
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:bobcaswell
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Shareholder Class Action Suit Seeks To Block 3Com-HP Merger
Discussion: Network World and Seeking Alpha
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Egypt launches Arabic web domain
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Gates: Apple is ‘a force in doing good things’
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