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3:00 PM 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.
Caesar Sengupta / The Official Google Blog:
Releasing the Chromium OS open source project  —  In July we announced that we were working on Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system for people who spend most of their time on the web.  —  Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS.  We are doing this early …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Google ChromeOS: It's basically a modified browser that runs web apps  —  Google is holding a press event to talk about the upcoming Google Chrome Operating System.  The company is not ready to release the OS yet, and won't actually have a finished product ready for another year.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Video: Chrome OS For Dummies  —  Still not sure why Google is building its own operating system?  It created this animated video to try to explain why the Web needs a new OS, and why that OS should be Chrome.  Google just showed the video at its Chrome OS press event which MG is liveblogging.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: We Need to Fire 2,500 “Volunteers”  —  AOL, which has already told investors it will spend up to $200 million firing a good chunk of its staff, has now told employees.  The company is looking for “up to 2,500 volunteers,” CEO Tim Armstrong told his staff today.  That's a third of AOL's payroll.
Ken Harrenstien / The Official Google Blog:
Automatic captions in YouTube  —  Since we first announced captions in Google Video and YouTube, we've introduced multiple caption tracks, improved search functionality and even automatic translation.  Each of these features has had great personal significance to me, not only because I helped to design them, but also because I'm deaf.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening?  —  Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service—an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, “What are you doing?”  However, when we implemented the service, we chose to leave something out.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Next Web
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 …
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.
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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T loses first legal battle against Verizon ads
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: TechCrunch, Between the Lines and Technovia, Thanks:atul
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, CrunchGear and Mashable!
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.
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
MindTouch Cloud: The Open Source Alternative to Sharepoint and Salesforce.com?  —  Sharepoint is the big giant in the enterprise collaboration space.  Salesforce.com is now in the market with Salesforce Chatter, a service that embraces Facebook, Twitter and the applications within Force.com.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Going rate for acquisitions at Intuit: $170 million  —  Last night I asked Justin Kitch, who sold his company, Homestead.com, to Intuit in 2007, how much Intuit paid for the company.  “$170 million,” he said.  “No,” I said, “That was Mint.  How much was Homestead?”  —  “It's funny, isn't it?” he said.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Users Better-Connected, More Likely to Tweet than Members of other Webmail Services  —  The social media data company Rapleaf has just released the final parts of their 3-part study involving the demographics and online behavior of webmail users.  In the first part of the study …
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 …
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 …
Citizen Media Law Project:
Citizen Media Law Project Launches Legal Assistance Network for Online Journalists  —  We are delighted to announce the public launch of the Berkman Center's Online Media Legal Network (OMLN), a new pro bono initiative that connects lawyers and law school clinics from across the country …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is There Any Point to the World's First Wireless USB Drive?  —  I get that it is cool technology, but I don't get the Imation Pro WX.  It's the world's first Wireless USB disk drive, sure, but there are already drives that are Wi-Fi enabled.  So, how is this different?
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Now Facebook Page Owners Can Target News Feed Stories By Location and Language  —  Facebook Page owners have been able to target “Updates” - Facebook's term for message blasts that Page owners can send to fans that show up in a secondary tab in the Inbox - by age, sex, and location for a long time.
mobileperry:
Ovi Store - the First 5 Months  —  2009 has sure gone by quickly and being mid-November, 2010 is rapidly approaching.  For those of you who are mobile developers or are following the various mobile application stores available in market I thought I would give another update regarding Ovi Store …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Quanta Android Smartbook hands-on plus Qualcomm tablet prototype [Video]  —  We were hoping Qualcomm might whip out Lenovo's upcoming Smartbook at today's event, but unfortunately the diminutive all-day ultraportable is still being nursed for an official CES reveal.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Wheelchair bound folk now have iPhone controls for their chariots.  —  Who put the iPhone in accessiblity?  Dynamic Controls did.  The company has integrated an iPhone into its power wheelchair electronics, enabling powered wheelchair users to use them as normal while also gaining access …
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
SimpleGeo navigates from stealth to beta  —  Location awareness is hot, from gamelike social services such as Foursquare and Gowalla to platforms such as Google Latitude.  Now one start-up is hoping to make it as easy for any company to integrate into a Web or mobile service as it is for retailers to use PayPal.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adknowledge Continues Shopping Spree, Acquires SocialMedia.com's Ad Network  —  Online advertising company Adknowledge has obtained the advertising business of SocialMedia.com, a social media advertising platform.  The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Boku gains momentum with mobile payments for social games
Discussion: CNET News
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Sony says e-readers in demand, shipments delayed
Discussion: eWeek and Wall Street Journal
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Like.com Buys Fashion Sharing Site Weardrobe
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
Verizon App Offers All-In-One Easy Access to Social Nets, Twitter
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Flurry launches AppCircle to help apps get discovered
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Sees ‘Natal’ as Your Next TV Remote
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O2 announces multi million pound 3G overhaul
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Spotify US launch delayed by record labels' concerns
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's New Retweets Work Via SMS Too
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Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
Fedora 12 - it's a horse, not a camel
Mathew Kumar / Edge Online:
MIGS: Publishers “Cheat” Age Ratings
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Dash to D.C.! Tech Guru Will Head Gov't Incubator, Digitize Democracy
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