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2:15 PM ET, November 17, 2009

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down for Good  —  In the fall of 2003, a group of friends from Sweden decided to launch a BitTorrent tracker named ‘The Pirate Bay’.  It soon became one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet, coordinating the downloads of more than 25 million peers at its height.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon responds to AT&T's Map For That lawsuit: ‘the truth hurts’  —  Sure, Verizon's doubled down on the 3G map ads in response to AT&T's false advertising lawsuit, but eventually the company's lawyers had to file a response and, well, ain't nobody backing down in this one.  Here's the freaking introduction:
Boy Genius Report:
Apple's Black Friday deals leaked?  —  One of our connects just hit us up with some intriguing Apple information.  According to them, what you see detailed above is a shot of Apple's yearly Black Friday deals.  It's reported to be something Apple will email out shortly.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Online Petition Demands Apple Approve iPhone Apps  —  Three iPhone application developers are cited in an online petition which asks Apple to approve their apps, all of which have been sitting in limbo for months on end.  The developers are awaiting word about their new DJ applications …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Close To Acquiring iMeem  —  MySpace is in late stage negotiations to acquire music streaming service iMeem, we've confirmed from multiple sources.  MySpace is on a bit of an acquisition spree - they acquired iLike, another music service, three months ago.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:   Will MySpace save Imeem with acquisition?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 And AIR 2.0 - Both Include Multi-touch Support  —  A mere week after Adobe Systems reported that it would be shedding nearly 700 employees or 9% of its total worldwide workforce, the company is releasing two highly anticipated new products that have been in the works …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The great Belgian iPhone robbery  —  Burglars in Antwerp make off with $3 million worth of smartphones  —  Over the weekend, someone used a fire ladder to climb to the roof of a huge warehouse in Willebroek, a Dutch-speaking municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp, cut a hole in the roof …
Matt Peckham / PC World:
360 Facebook and Twitter Today, PS3 Integration Incoming  —  Fire up your Xbox 360 later today and you'll discover your social network just broadened by a factor of two.  Microsoft teased Xbox 360 Facebook and Twitter integration at E3 this summer and rolled it out to beta testers several weeks ago …
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Kevinthau / Twitter Blog:
Another First in the UK  —  The UK has had an outsized cultural impact on the world.  From music to sports to literature... and now - MMS with Twitter.  —  Today, not only has Orange UK turned on Twitter SMS, but it has added a first-of-its-kind special enhancement.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
AdMob brings interactive video ads to iPhone  —  While it's waiting to be gobbled up by Google, AdMob isn't sitting still.  —  The mobile ad company announced Tuesday that it will deliver interactive video ads to the iPhone and iPod Touch devices.  The ads, set to run this week …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Droid camera autofocus fixed in secrecy?  —  While we were busy looking into external speaker problems on the Droid, it would seem Moto was itself hard at work remedying a separate issue with the device.  A number of users on support forums have complained of the Droid's camera failing …
Chris Tryhorn / Guardian:
Times editor outlines plans for online charging  —  Micro-payments dismissed in favour of charging for 24-hour access to day's edition of the paper  —  James Harding, the editor of the Times, today gave the clearest indication yet of how News International is going to start charging for its journalism online.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Windows Azure opens for business on Jan. 1, 2010  —  This morning, Microsoft kicked off its 2009 Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles.  Typically, Microsoft times PDC around new operating systems that are testing and launching in the near future.  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 launched less than a month ago.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Sample Chrome Extensions Are Already Working  —  As we noted last night, Google looks to be on the verge of unleashing Chrome extension support in a major way.  Not only does the home tab page on the new builds of Chromium (and the dev builds of Chrome) feature not-yet-turned-on links …
Anurag Acharya / The Official Google Blog:
Finding the laws that govern us  —  As many of us recall from our civics lessons in school, the United States is a common law country.  That means when judges issue opinions in legal cases, they often establish precedents that will guide the rulings of other judges in similar cases and jurisdictions.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RockYou Raises A Whopper - $50 Million In Venture Capital  —  Social Network application developer and advertising platform RockYou has raised a whopping $50 million in a Series D round of financing from existing investor Softbank, we've confirmed with the company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Backs Out Of NewsHour Debate With Open Book Alliance, And I Don't Blame Them  —  There was lots of news late last week about a proposed modification to the Google Books settlement agreement.  Today there was going to be more news - a televised debate about Google Books on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour.
Discussion: internetnews.com and TeleRead
AT&T:
AT&T Invests Nearly $65 Million Through 2009 to Strengthen 3G Wireless Coverage in SF Bay Area  —  Deployment of 850 Mhz Spectrum for 3G in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Improves In-Building Wireless Coverage, Adds Capacity to Support Surging Demand for Mobile Broadband
Discussion: mocoNews, Gadget Lab and PR Newswire
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga raises more venture capital for social gaming expansion  —  Zynga has become the hottest social gaming company with more than 196 million users on Facebook alone.  Today, the San Francisco company has raised $15.18 million in an extension to its second round of funding, according to a regulatory filing.
Ragavan Srinivasan / weave:
First Beta of Weave Sync add-on now available  —  We are excited to announce the first Beta release of the Weave Sync add-on.  You can download it here.  Once you have installed and connected, Weave Sync enables you to take your Firefox experience with you on your laptop, desktop and mobile devices.
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Internet Service hit with data outages worldwide  —  We've been receiving multiple reports that BlackBerry Internet Service, or BIS, is down for many people — possibly worldwide.  Initially, we thought the outages were only affecting certain carriers, but users from multiple carriers …
Calvin Azuri / TMCnet:
HiBeam to Deliver Internet and Voice Services to Underserved US Markets  —  HiBeam Internet & Voice is moving forward in fulfilling its vision of providing high speed Internet and voice options to the underserved markets in US.  HiBeam Internet & Voice is a privately owned broadband and voice provider.
Scott Johnston / The Official Google Blog:
Templates now available in Google Sites  —  I'm pleased to announce we just added a stocked gallery of site templates in Google Sites.  Anyone can browse the public template gallery, and businesses using Google Apps each have a private area where employees can share site templates with coworkers.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone Apps Have to Be Approved by Robots Now, Too  —  Sounds sinister, right?  That's probably because I replaced the word “computers” with “robots!”  For effect!  But no, still, this is at least insteresting: Developers are now reporting that apps are getting rejected, and not by humans.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, iLounge, App Advice and A VC
Awaneesh Verma / The Official Google Blog:
A new look for Google Translate  —  Today, we've launched three new features as well as a new look and feel for Google Translate — a service that helps people access information throughout the world by enabling them to automatically translate text and and web pages into their own language.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lost My Phone, Give Me Your Number!!  Groups On Facebook Are A Spammer's Paradise  —  “LOST MY PHONE!!!  GIVE ME YOUR DIGITS!”  —  Sound familiar?  For years, many people who have recently lost their phones have turned to Facebook to reunite with their friends.
Discussion: The Web Life
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Online Maps: Everyman Offers New Directions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They don't know it, but people who use Google's online maps may be getting directions from Richard Hintz.  —  Mr. Hintz, a 62-year-old engineer who lives in Berkeley, Calif., has tweaked the locations of more than 200 business listings …
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Smartphone From Verizon by Early 2010
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Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
Gartner Sees Big Semiconductor Rebound in 2010
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Canonical working on an iTunes-like music store for Ubuntu?
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AT&T intros two new TV apps
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Palm gives up.  Latest WebOS update for the Palm Pre lacks iTunes support
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New site hierarchies display in search results
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Spotify catching up to iTunes in UK as US launch delayed
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Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Rackspace Adds More Cloud-Based Services, Moves Down the Collaboration Path
Stephanie N. Mehta / Brainstorm Tech:
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Steve Myers / poynter.org:
Jimmy Wales: AP's ‘Landing Pages’ a Good, if Late, Idea
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How about that new Twoffice?  (Photo slideshow of Twitter's new headquarters)
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