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10:55 AM ET, November 20, 2009

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Randall C. Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Why Chrome OS will fail — big time  —  A lack of flexibility will doom Google's latest ego trip to the dustbin of history  —  The Chrome OS is here — sort of.  This week, Google was kind of enough to give the world a sneak peek at its nascent desktop operating system.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want To Try Out Google Chrome OS For Yourself?  Here's How.  —  The public debut of Google Chrome OS today has the press abuzz over the potential of the new web-based operating system.  And now that it's open sourced, you have the chance to try it out for yourself.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google Chrome OS available as free VMWare download (update: first impressions)  —  Seriously, how awesome have the past few hours been?  Engadget turns the design stakes up to 11, Google finally dishes the dirt on Chrome OS, and now you can even download the forthcoming software to have a fiddle with yourself.
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony Unveils Its Answer to Apple's iTunes  —  The tech giant will launch an online store selling music, movies, books, and other downloadable applications for mobile products  —  Sony (SNE) is taking a page from Apple's playbook (AAPL).  On Nov. 19, Sony said it plans to launch …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What Twitter's New Geolocation Makes Possible  —  Twitter turned on its long-awaited Geolocation API today, meaning that users can opt-in to having their messages annotated with their exact locations.  The significance of this is made clear by comparing it with last week's release of 500 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Turns On Location. Not For Twitter.com Just Yet.
Daniel Brusilovsky / CrunchGear:
Jobs to The Little App Factory: Name change “Not that big of a deal”  —  The Little App Factory seems to have a big problem on their hands.  The company received a letter from Baker & McKenzie, representing Apple, asking that The Little App Factory change the name of one of their most successful applications.
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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Marco.org:   Hope  —  I've mostly stopped writing about the dismal App Store …
CBC News:
Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos  —  A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer's insurance company cut them, she says, because of photos posted on Facebook.  —  Nathalie Blanchard, 29, has been on leave from her job …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Techmeme's Gabe Rivera makes news aggregation profitable
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Builds Out A National Real Estate Search Engine  —  While the National Association of REALTORS® is planning to launch its own national property database sometime next year, Google seems to have just stolen the NAR's thunder.  How?  By rolling out individual “place pages” for every property that's listed in Google Maps.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer: Windows 7 selling like hotcakes  —  Windows 7 isn't just getting good reviews, it's also selling well, CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders Thursday.  —  Delivering opening remarks at Microsoft's shareholder meeting, Ballmer said that Windows 7 was off to a “fantastic start.”
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Live Images of the New 3G BlackBerry Pearl 9100!!  —  First Live Photos of the new BlackBerry Pearl 9100!!  —  OoohHHH BaBy!!  Any BlackBerry Pearl fans out there?  I know there are.  And I know so many of you have been waiting for Research in Motion to release an updated version …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola Motus specs magically appear  —  Who says lightning doesn't strike twice?  Right after we received the first picture of the new Motorola Motus, another anonymous tipster sent in the full hardware specs.  I'll let you guys add the commentary on this one.  —  Motorola Motus specs:
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Cisco launches iPhone security app  —  Cisco is offering a free iPhone app that will allow people to get customized alerts on new security threats and other information for safe Web browsing.  —  The app, which will be available on Friday in the Apple iTunes store, provides information …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it built ‘backdoor’ in Windows 7  —  Don't worry, company tells users; NSA involved only in security compliance standards  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced yesterday after a senior National Security Agency …
Electronista:
Dell slips out Studio 17 with touchscreen  —  Dell today quietly slipped the Studio 17 Touch into its lineup as its first touchscreen notebook.  The 17-inch system adds multi-touch input and carries Dell's own suite of touch apps, such as its photo browser.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Can Adobe Beat Back the Hackers?  —  As its software becomes a major means of attack, security experts wonder if it can fight hard enough  —  For years, Adobe Systems (ADBE) has occupied a quiet corner of the personal-computer industry.  Photographers and designers use its software to clean up photos and set up Web sites.
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Cloud Engines updates Pogoplug media sharing device  —  On Friday, Cloud Engines introduced the second generation of its Pogoplug multimedia sharing device.  The Pogoplug is designed to plug into your home or small office network and let you access and share content of USB hard drives over the Internet using a standard Web browser.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mozilla: Still too dependent on Google for revenue; Can it diversify?  —  Mozilla reported its 2008 audited financials and the organization behind the Firefox browser delivered consolidated revenue of $78.6 million, up 5 percent from 2007.  And the revenue picture looks even better if you exclude …
 
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Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Bing Maps China Expands Reach
Discussion: LiveSide and Softpedia News
John Leyden / The Register:
MS discovers flaw in Google plug-in for IE
Discussion: eWeek and Ryan Naraine
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Remains Of Streamzy Picked Up, Reborn As Web Radio Service Listen.fm
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Former DHS cybersecurity chief points finger at Congress
Discussion: San Francisco Chronicle and eWeek
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The Digital Economy Bill - does it add up?
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Facebook Named in Federal Class-Action Suit over Scammy Zynga Ads
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe's Acrobat.com comes to smartphones
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CNET News and Examiner
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Can the Advertising Offers Business Find Redemption In Social Networks?
Discussion: Inside Social Games and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Twitter urges Murdoch to be open
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
French Tweet: Twitter Goes French In Time For LeWeb
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What's Happening?  —  Twitter was originally conceived …
 

 
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