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11:55 AM ET, November 18, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone Is Very Real.  And It's Coming Soon  —  The debate over Droid v. iPhone rages on, but lots more Android surprises are on the way.  Get ready for the Google Phone.  It's no longer a myth, it's real.  —  The next “super” Android device will almost certainly be a HTC phone that's …
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David Coursey / PC World:
5 Reasons Why Google Should Not Sell Handsets  —  Rumors are once again swirling around the idea that a Google-branded “Superphone” will hit the market next year.  How stupid do these people think Google is?  —  Well, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington seems to think “pretty stupid,” …
Ben Smith / The Really Mobile Project:
Nokia dropping Symbian from N-Series by 2012  —  This evening, at the official N900 meet-up in London, the Maemo marketing team revealed that Nokia plan to drop Symbian from the entire ‘top end’ N-Series range of handsets in favour of Maemo by 2012.  —  The future for N-Series: Maemo
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Nokia:
The Nokia N900 is now available to US consumers  —  A computer in your pocket - The Nokia N900 is here!  —  WhitePlains, N.Y., USA — Nokia today announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N900 is now on sale in the United States and shipping to consumers who jumped on the opportunity …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget Mobile
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
A tale of two Diggs  —  NEW YORK—You had two options if you wanted to hang out with Digg founder Kevin Rose at the Web 2.0 Expo conference this week: head over to the lobby bar of the trendy Standard Hotel on Monday night, where Digg was picking up the tab for several dozen of the city's blogger elite …
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Venture Capital Dispatch:
Digg CEO: Profitability Is Not A Problem Anymore  —  Digg.com launched as experiment in 2004 to let people post articles from various news sources, which are then either selected by other users for inclusion on the main page or passed over.  Now with about 40 million users …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Holding Chrome OS Event Thursday.  Complete Overview And Launch Plans To Be Revealed.  —  Google is planning to hold a special Chrome OS event at its headquarters in Mountain View, CA this Thursday morning, we've just been notified.  The plan is to give some technical background information …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why imeem Really Sold Out  —  This morning news broke that MySpace, the second-largest social network that's currently reinventing itself as a music destination, was buying imeem, a free online music service that has been remixed (and remade) more times that '90s dance anthem “Keep on Moving.”
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Music: Too Expensive to Be Free, Too Free to Be Expensive
Discussion: Techdirt
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
American Express Acquiring Steve Case's Revolution Money For $300 Million  —  Another big deal in the next-generation consumer financial products space.  —  American Express (AXP) has just announced the acquisition of Steve Case's startup Revolution Money for $300 million.
Discussion: paidContent, Teds Take and GigaOM
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hulu Steps Into Music With EMI and Norah Jones  —  Hulu, the joint online venture between NBC, Fox and ABC that mostly offers free TV shows and movies, is about to start singing a different tune: music videos.  —  On Wednesday the company plans to announce a somewhat limited deal with EMI …
BBC:
T-Mobile staff sold personal data  —  Staff at mobile phone company T-Mobile passed on millions of records from thousands of customers to third party brokers, the firm has confirmed.  —  Details emerged after the firm alerted the information commissioner, who said his office was preparing a prosecution.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Facebook v Ceop  —  Facebook is under fire this morning, accused of neglecting its responsibility to help to keep young internet users safe.  —  The charge comes from Jim Gamble of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, who wants Facebook (and MySpace) to follow the lead of Bebo …
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Releases October 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  In October 2009, Americans conducted 14.3 billion core searches …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone you control my car - if it is a Mercedes-Benz  —  There's an App for that, at least if you drive a Mercedes-Benz (like a certain handicap-parking, barcode license plate having CEO we know), which has teamed up with Hughes Telematics to offer a new system that lets drivers of the luxury cars enable …
Discussion: App Advice
Warren Rumak / Ars Technica:
Inside “MinWin:” the Windows 7 kernel slims down  —  As Windows 2000 was being developed in the second half of the 1990s, Microsoft was firmly focused on building in as much functionality as possible, in a play to push Novell Netware aside and establish Windows NT as the operating system for the business world.
Dave Parrack / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Stephen Fry talks Twitter - “human shaped, not business shaped”  —  Twitter is a massively popular social networking and micro-blogging site that has gained an inordinate amount of headlines and copy over the past year or so.  But what is the nature of Twitter?
Discussion: Telegraph and broadstuff
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Phishing scam hits Mac users - stay safe online  —  We received word this morning of what could be a brand new phishing attack that's in circulation at present - an email which purports to relate to a recent Apple retail transaction and asks for details of any recent orders.
Discussion: SC Magazine US and Technology Live
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
Google Squeezes LexisNexis and Westlaw Hard  —  Google's Uncle Sam service is arguably a more effective way to find information from various US government entities.  I heard a couple of years ago that Google was indexing the content on various state servers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Raises $5 Million For Location-Based Advertising Platform  —  Location-based marketing platform Placecast has raised $5 million in funding from Quatrex Capital, Onset Ventures and Voyager Capital.  —  Placecast's platform uses proprietary algorithms that weave together location information …
New York Times:
Library in a Pocket  —  With Amazon's Kindle, readers can squeeze hundreds of books into a device that is smaller than most hardcovers.  For some, that's not small enough.  —  Many people who want to read electronic books are discovering that they can do so on the smartphones that are already …
Discussion: Bits, TeleRead and Smart Mobs
Opera Press Room:
Opera to the rescue: Opera Mobile 10 now available for Windows Mobile phones  —  Opera Mobile 10 beta for Windows Mobile phones is now available for immediate download on a smartphone near you.  This version for Windows Mobile users elevates mobile browsing to a desktop-like experience …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location Is The Missing Link Between Social Networks And The Real World  —  Imagine a world where you sit at your computer and you never go outside.  Where you never see another human being.  This is the world that sites like Google and Facebook want you to live in.
Manav Tanneeru / CNN:
Can you be liable for your tweets?  —  (CNN) — In a case that would have been impossible even five years ago, bad-girl rocker Courtney Love is being sued for libel by a fashion designer for allegedly slamming the woman on Twitter.  —  The suit claims that after a disagreement over what Love …
Allegra Stratton / Guardian:
Ordnance Survey maps to go free online - at last  —  PM to open access to 2,000 data sets in victory for Guardian's Free Our Data campaign  —  The government is to explore ways of making all Ordnance Survey maps freely available online from April, in a victory for the Guardian's three-year Free Our Data campaign.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Mag Publisher Burda Buying A Quarter Of Xing; $287 Million Valuation  —  German mag publisher Burda Media is buying a 25.1 percent stake in the business-focused social networking site Xing.com for a total of €48.29 million (£42.7 million, $71.9 million), making it Xing's biggest single shareholder.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Norwest Closes $1.2 Billion Venture Fund  —  Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), one of the most respected funds in Silicon Valley, says that it's closed NVP XI, a $1.2 billion fund that will invest in diverse sectors and geographies.  NVP, which recently recorded a major hit with the $405 million sale …
danah boyd:
“Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media”  —  [This is a rough unedited crib of the actual talk]  —  Citation: boyd, danah.  2009. “Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media.”  Web2.0 Expo.  New York, NY: November 17.
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
A Brave New Web Will Be Here Soon, But Browsers Must Improve  —  The great promise of HTML5 is that it will turn the web into a full-fledged computing platform awash with video, animation and real-time interactions, yet free of the hacks and plug-ins common today.
 
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Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
What Do Murdoch's Customers Think About His Pay-Wall Plans and Google-bashing?
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Antitrust battle will go on despite AMD-Intel settlement
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Microsoft feeds Excel to supercomputer
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Microsoft and SAP Again Team Up Against Oracle
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
PDC 2009: Windows Server's plan to move customers back off the cloud
Discussion: Softpedia News and MSDN
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NSA Is Giving Microsoft Some Help On Windows 7 Security
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