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6:25 PM ET, November 19, 2009

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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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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Everything You Need To Know About Chrome OS  —  Until today, Google's Chrome OS has been little more than a wordy concept.  Now, finally, we truly know what it is, what it looks like, and how it works.  Here's the breakdown:  —  Google went to great pains to emphasize that today's event wasn't a launch …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Chrome OS: 5 Ways It's Completely Different  —  Earlier today, Google revealed new details about Google Chrome OS, the search giant's attempt to redefine the operating system and push society and technology even farther onto the web.  —  We're here live at the Google Chrome OS press conference …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Video: Chrome OS For Dummies
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
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.
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Droid, iPhone, and Pre: meet the new Techmeme Mobile  —  Today we're introducing Techmeme Mobile, a new mobile version of Techmeme optimized for popular smartphones.  Techmeme Mobile loads much faster on phones thanks to a sparser page format in which tabs and “Discussion” links load on demand.
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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.
Paul Graham:
Apple's Mistake  —  I don't think Apple realizes how badly the App Store approval process is broken.  Or rather, I don't think they realize how much it matters that it's broken.  The way Apple runs the App Store has harmed their reputation with programmers more than anything else they've ever done.
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Goes Global With Launch in 50 New Cities  —  Right on the heels of Foursquare's API release, the location-based mobile application and game is announcing another big rollout to cities across the world.  —  Just one month after releasing Foursquare to 15 new cities in the US and Canada …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Common Stock Valuation Jumps 42% to $9.5 Billion  —  Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — The price of Facebook Inc. stock on exchanges for private companies has jumped as much as 42 percent in the past four months as membership of the site topped 300 million users and the company turned cash flow positive.
Google Mobile Blog:
New Google News for mobile  —  At Google, we are committed to giving you a consistent user experience across products and devices, and we really value the feedback you've given us about Google News for mobile.  Today we're excited to announce a completely new Google News offering for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre users.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks, MTV In Talks To Restructure Rhapsody  —  RealNetworks and MTV are in talks to restructure their Rhapsody music joint venture, according to a SEC filing that RealNetworks just filed.  —  Specifically:  —  If these discussions result in a definitive agreement, RealNetworks may agree …
Discussion: paidContent
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla reveals 2008 revenue: $79 million  —  The Mozilla Foundation's revenue grew 5 percent to $79 million in 2008, with its Firefox search-ad deal with Google still the biggest benefactor, the organization said Thursday.  —  The figure is notable for an open-source effort, but the growth tapered off significantly.
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?
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.
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Textbook-Rental Service Chegg Raises $57 Million  —  Chegg.com, an online textbook-rental company, said it has raised $57 million in venture capital, in a sign that venture investing may be reviving. … The amount of funding that the Santa Clara, Calif., company raised is unusual given …
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Turns On Location.  Not For Twitter.com Just Yet.  —  Back in August, Twitter announced that it was getting ready to roll out an ambitious new project: Geolocation.  The idea was to be able to attach a location to every tweet.  Today, the API for the feature has been officially turned on …
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 …
Bill Perry / 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell's third quarter disappoints yet it sees IT demand improving  —  Dell's fiscal third quarter financials fell well short of estimates across the board.  —  The company on Thursday reported third quarter net income of $337 million, or 17 cents a share.  That tally is down 54 percent from a year ago.
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
Developers slowly rising to Microsoft's Surface  —  Microsoft counts 5,000 SDKs shipped for 18-month-old Surface touch screen system  —  LOS ANGELES — Microsoft's Surface touch computer may be generating more oohs and ahs than some of the company's other recent technologies …
Discussion: Ars Technica and eWeek
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
BigDeal.com Reinvents And Legitimizes Swoopo's Controversial Auction Bidding Model  —  We recently wrote about stealth startup Project Fair Bid, which aimed to reinvent and legitimize a controversial bidding model pioneered by Swoopo.  Today, Project Fair Bid is emerging from its cocoon as BigDeal.com …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo juices up its news search with Twitter  —  Yahoo is using Twitter to surface timely and relevant news stories, images and videos starting today.  —  As news organizations pile into the microblogging service and as shared links and retweets become a decent metric of what's interesting …
Associated Press:
Airline passengers face chaos across US as flight plan system fails  —  Dozens of services delayed or cancelled, but assurances given over safety  —  A problem with the system that collects airlines' flight plans is causing widespread cancellations and delays across the US.
Terry Maxon / AIRLINE BIZ:
American offers tool to find if your flight will have Wi-Fi  —  If you're flying Friday to New York LaGuardia from D/FW Airport, you can't get Wi-Fi on American's flights that depart at 6:10 a.m., 7:15 a.m. or 11 a.m. But if you take the 8:15 a.m., 9:05 a.m. or 10:05 a.m. flights, your airplane will be equipped with Wi-Fi.
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.
 
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Quanta Android Smartbook hands-on plus Qualcomm tablet prototype [Video]
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
SimpleGeo navigates from stealth to beta
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Users Better-Connected, More Likely to Tweet than Members …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Boku gains momentum with mobile payments for social games
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Now Facebook Page Owners Can Target News Feed Stories By Location and Language
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Sony says e-readers in demand, shipments delayed
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Going rate for acquisitions at Intuit: $170 million
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Sees ‘Natal’ as Your Next TV Remote
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Spotify US launch delayed by record labels' concerns
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Also Likely to Eye Sale of MapQuest-Is Microsoft a Possible Buyer?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Slashes Palm Pre To $79.99; Pixi Now $24.99
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