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11:15 AM ET, November 17, 2009

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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Verizon to AT&T: “Our ads are true and the truth hurts”  —  Verizon Wireless responded today to a lawsuit filed by AT&T earlier this month that accused Verizon's “There's a map for that” marketing campaign of misleading consumers about AT&T's 3G coverage in the United States.
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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:
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 …
Discussion: Sonorasaurus and iLounge
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Respected developers begin fleeing from App Store platform  —  Apple's control over the App Store—which seems arbitrary at times—still frustrates developers.  That much isn't a surprise, but some developers have become frustrated to the point that they have decided to simply halt iPhone development altogether.
Discussion: Kindle Review and FierceDeveloper, Thanks:chrismessina
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.
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.
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.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Orange strikes Twitter TV deal
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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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.
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.
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.
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
An update to Google Earth for the iPhone  —  Just over one year ago, we unveiled Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Google Earth quickly became one of the most popular applications in the App Store, and after only six months, was the second most-downloaded free application overall.
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
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
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Dell Streak MID landing 2010 on AT&T claims paper  —  Having been spotted in prototype form last month, Dell's Streak MID has received another shot of intrigue with Chinese rumor-monger Commercial Times claiming knowledge of both a manufacturer and a US carrier partner.
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
Asavin Wattanajantra / IT PRO - Today:
Smartphones hacked through insecure Wi-Fi  —  Security researchers break security in Apple, Nokia, HTC and T-Mobile devices to gain access to email passwords.  —  Security researchers have successfully performed ‘man-in-the middle-attacks’ (MITM) against four popular smartphones.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple's IPhone to Be China's No. 1 Smart Phone, Unicom Says  —  Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) — China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. Chairman Chang Xiaobing said he expects Apple Inc.'s iPhone to become China's best-selling smart phone, countering skepticism by analysts who say the handset is too expensive.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Unveils Tool To Connect News Organizations With Citizen Journalists  —  Google is unveiling a tool Tuesday that enables traditional television and online news agencies to create a platform to manage a bureau of citizen journalists.  These mavericks capture life-changing events on camera and upload them to YouTube.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Electronista
 
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Stephanie N. Mehta / Brainstorm Tech:
Smart phones. Smart networks. Smart packages?
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM researchers speed up medical diagnostic testing via chip
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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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Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter to overhaul user list seen as partisan
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Automatically Displays Couple Photos When Users Become Engaged
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