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7:05 AM ET, November 17, 2009

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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.
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  —  Orange, which runs TV services in France, Spain and Poland, to offer tweet-as-you-watch service and integrated mobile features  —  Twitter users will soon be able to tweet to each other via their TV sets while watching entertainment and sports shows …
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
Eric Nelson / The Windows Blog:
Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1  —  After last week's news, I'm pleased to tell you that Windows Marketplace for Mobile has today reached another major milestone by adding support for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 devices.  This is an especially proud day for Microsoft because it marks …
Anil Sabharwal / Google Enterprise Blog:
A better web-powered workspace for today's workplace  —  Nearly two years ago, we launched Google Sites to make it easier, faster and more affordable for employees to create and collaborate in rich, dynamic sites, even without any technical background.  We're seeing companies large …
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Scott Johnston / The Official Google Blog:   Templates now available in Google Sites
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 …
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.
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  In 1983, Allen successfully battled Hodgkin's disease, which is also a type of lymphoma.  Allen's sister, Jody Allen, today sent an email to employees of Allen's investment arm …
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.
Discussion: paidContent and Business Week
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.
AdAge:
Why News Corp. and Murdoch Won't Quit Google  —  Rupert's Grumblings Really Aren't About Vanishing From Search Engines but Building Higher Pay Walls  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Pulling media sites out of Google search results is a bold idea, but there are many reasons to think it's not the future of the web.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Microsoft to Open Source the .NET Micro Framework  —  I have great news to announce.  Today, at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) here in Los Angeles, we announced not only the release of version 4. of the.NET Micro Framework, but also that we are open sourcing the product …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
ComScore's October 2009 Search Data: Google and Microsoft Up, Yahoo Down  —  ComScore's October search market analysis is in and it's good news for two of the Big Three search engines.  Google and Microsoft both posted gains for the month, while Yahoo suffered a decline.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The death of the URL  —  Prelude … In the Matrix, Morpheus presents Neo with a choice: he can take the blue pill and continue his somnambulatory existence within the Matrix, or he can take the red pill and become free from the virtual reality that the machines created to enslave humanity.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Integration With PS3 Becomes Official  —  This evening, Sony officially announced support for Facebook on the Playstation 3.  While integration was first rumored last week, there is now an official video of the Facebook features which we've embedded below.
Discussion: PlayStation.Blog and I4U News
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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Automatically Displays Couple Photos When Users Become Engaged  —  Over the past few weeks I've noticed an interesting phenomenon as some of my Facebook friends become engaged: a photo of the couple is displayed along with the story about the couple's new “engaged” relationship status.
Discussion: The Next Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Blogging Has Changed Over The Last 3 Years (Stats)  —  Reader engagement with blogs has changed dramatically over the last three years, primarily because of the rise of online social networks, according to new numbers released by analytics firm Postrank today.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tim Berners-Lee in Africa: Web Foundation Announces 2 New Projects  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Web, has embarked on a trip through Africa on behalf of the non-profit Web Foundation - which today announced two new projects.  —  The Web Foundation exists to bridge the ‘digital divide’ in Internet usage.
 
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Michael Holzer / Xobni Blog:
Xobni for Outlook releases free preview of Salesforce extension …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter to overhaul user list seen as partisan
Discussion: BetaNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Finally Enables People Search For Third-Party Apps
Discussion: Mashable!
Business Wire:
Digimarc Sues Shazam for Patent Infringement
Discussion: mocoNews and Pulse2
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBC Launches All-In-One Video Player, VoIP And Texting Tool—And It's Ad-Supported
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
VCs Say The Biggest Opportunities In Mobile Are Not Sexy Apps
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Nook e-reader on sale Nov. 30 in Barnes & Noble stores
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tinychat Launches Live Video Streaming Portal To Take On Ustream And Stickam
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Oxford's word of the year? ‘Unfriend’
Richard Allan / Facebook Blog:
How to Bullyproof Yourself on Facebook
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The War For the Web  —  On Friday, my latest tweet …
Discussion: Anil Dash and broadstuff
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Thanks Microsoft, Hello Google