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9:50 AM ET, November 19, 2009

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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple tablet PC reportedly delayed until 2H10, with OLED model now included  —  Apple reportedly plans to postpone the launch of its tablet PC from an original March launch schedule to the second half of 2010, as the vendor has decided to switch some components and plans to launch a model using …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
The Apple Tablet Is Dead  —  Apple tablet rumors started verging into the ridiculous Thursday morning with reports that Apple has pushed back the project's launch date yet again.  Those same sources are saying Apple is developing a high-end tablet that could retail for as much as $2000, according to Digitimes.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast's Offering for Apple's Mystery Tablet: Wired Magazine
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: We Need to Fire 2,500 “Volunteers”  —  AOL, which has already told investors that it will spend up to $200 million firing a good chunk of its staff, has now told its employees.  It is looking for “up to 2,500 volunteers,” CEO Tim Armstrong told his staff today.  That's a third of the company's payroll.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Also Likely to Eye Sale of MapQuest-Is Microsoft a Possible Buyer?  —  Yesterday, BoomTown wrote about AOL's efforts-including hiring investment bankers-to sell its ICQ instant-messaging unit.  —  But that's probably not going to be the end of the shedding of assets at the online site.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Hires Bankers to Sell Off ICQ, as Internet Service …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T loses first legal battle against Verizon ads  —  AT&T has lost the first battle in a legal war against Verizon Wireless to force the company to stop showing advertisements that compare its 3G wireless network coverage with Verizon's coverage.  —  A federal judge in Atlanta Wednesday declined …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
AT&T ‘hits’ back at Verizon's Map for That campaign with an ‘ad’ of its own  —  Boy, AT&T sure isn't taking Verizon's Map for That campaign too well.  After losing a request for an injunction (for now), the company seems to have decided that the only thing to do in the short term is to start advertising right back at Verizon.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The OS Opportunity  —  A few weeks ago, in a piece here titled “Herd Mentality”, I argued that PC makers who want to succeed should create their own OSes: … Hardware and software both matter, and Apple's history shows that there's a good argument to be made for developing integrated hardware and software.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Technovia, Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Livescribe pen gets an app store  —  The Livescribe app store, now in beta, allows users to download applications to their pen ranging from inexpensive games to a pricey—but handy—Bar Mitzvah tutor.  —  (Credit: Livescribe)  —  It took a little bit longer than the company had hoped …
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
An Early Look At IE9 for Developers  —  We're just about a month after the Windows 7 launch, and wanted to show an early look at some of the work underway on Internet Explorer 9.  —  At the PDC today, in addition to demonstrating some of the progress on performance and interoperable standards …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE9 will close performance gap, Microsoft says
Discussion: BetaNews, The Open Road and TG Daily
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Next-gen Flip camcorder to boast Wi-Fi  —  EXCLUSIVE: Cisco buy-out sees networking functionality added to popular range  —  Cisco will launch a new Wi-Fi-enabled Flip digital camcorder to go on sale in the early half of 2010, Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  The new model will be the first …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TweetPhoto CEO Says Too Much In Interview, Gets Fired.  And That's Just The Beginning...  This story just screams amateur hour, although I can't figure out exactly who's the amateur.  Maybe everyone.  A CEO says too much in an interview and gets fired.  Lawyers go after the blogger to get content removed.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire iMeem  —  On Monday we broke the news that MySpace was in late stage negotiations to acquire music service iMeem.  Those negotiations are now concluded, we've heard from multiple sources, and an agreement has been signed.  MySpace will acquire most of the assets …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Done Deal: MySpace Buys Imeem for Up to $10 Million
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launches Pivot, A Radically New Visualization of Online Objects  —  It always gives us joy to tell our readers that Microsoft is actually doing cool things.  The company's Live Labs has been the source of a few interesting projects: a 3D photo-stitcher called PhotoSynth …
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Dash to D.C.!  Tech Guru Will Head Gov't Incubator, Digitize Democracy  —  Last February, Anil Dash; the co-founder and “chief evangelist” for Six Apart, the company that creates the most popular blogging software in the world; was visiting his family in India for the first time in 25 years, explaining what he does for a living.
Discussion: Epicenter, The Social and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone May Be Data Only, VoIP Driven Device  —  Yesterday we wrote about the soon to launch Google Phone, a Google branded Android phone that we believe will hit the market in early 2010.  —  Lots of people are saying there's no way Google will enter the phone market directly …
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Google Phone? In Arrington's Dreams!
Discussion: eSarcasm, InfoWorld and TG Daily
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Trillian for iPhone: Now available on the App Store!  —  NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE: We are proud to announce Trillian for iPhone, a native application for your iPhone and iPod Touch!  With the advancements of iPhone OS 3. and our latest Astra technology, we are happy to be able to give …
Discussion: TUAW and Ubergizmo
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Upgrades Their Photo Uploader Tool  —  This evening Chris Putnam of Facebook announced that the company is launching an upgraded version of their photo uploader, immediately available for testing as on of Facebook's Prototype applications.  Over time Facebook has had issues …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Slashes Palm Pre To $79.99; Pixi Now $24.99  —  The smart phone price war rages on.  —  In the latest example, Amazon.com (AMZN) has slashed the price of the Palm Pre to $79.99 with a two-year service plan from Sprint (S); they're also throwing in free activation of the phone.
Discussion: Gearlog and CrunchGear
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Sees ‘Natal’ as Your Next TV Remote  —  SAN JOSE - It's entirely possible, and reasonable, that the controllerless Project Natal technology Microsoft is developing will replace a remote control on Xbox 360-powered TVs, Marc Whitten, the general manager responsible for Microsoft's Xbox Live service …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: Facebook Now the No. 3 Video Site  —  Looks like the sleeping online video giant that is Facebook may finally have awoken.  According to Nielsen's latest VideoCensus numbers, Facebook jumped to No. 3 behind established video powerhouses YouTube and Hulu in terms of total streams.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Spotify US launch delayed by record labels' concerns  —  Spotify's hopes of launching its online music service in the US are being held up by record labels' concerns about its ability to convert users of its free service to paying subscribers, according to music industry sources.
Discussion: paidContent
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Verizon App Offers All-In-One Easy Access to Social Nets, Twitter  —  Verizon Wireless has partnered with iSkoot to launch an application promising easy access to popular social properties including Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in one place.  The free Social Beat app allows subscribers …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: Don't call Chatter a social network  —  Salesforce.com announced a new product today called Chatter, which it describes as Facebook and Twitter for enterprises.  But during a press and analyst session at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Doubles Down On Its Staff  —  About a year ago, tech news aggregator Techmeme hired Megan McCarthy as its first dedicated human editor.  Founder Gabe Rivera clearly liked the idea; he's now added three more, doubling the size of the staff.  —  Rich DeMuro (formerly of CNET) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Flurry launches AppCircle to help apps get discovered  —  With 100,000 apps in Apple's AppStore, it has become ridiculously hard to get an app discovered.  At any given time, perhaps 100 apps are easy to find on the featured apps or top apps lists.  That's why analytics startup Flurry …
 
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
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Warner Bros. Offers Discount Blu-ray Upgrade Program
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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