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8:00 AM ET, November 21, 2009


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David Coursey / PC World:
Brin: Two Google Operating Systems May Become One  —  It has been difficult for Google to explain away the seeming conflict between Chrome OS and Android.  —  Saying that Chrome is for the Internet and Android for devices, requires a belief that users actually make the distinction.
Discussion: and
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google Chrome OS has already won  —  Today InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy says that Google's Chrome OS will fail.  —  What he is missing is he's looking at the wrong field.  —  Google is playing a different game.  Google Chrome OS is NOT about killing Microsoft or Apple.  —  What is it about?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Gameloft says it, others reining in Android plans  —  BARCELONA (Reuters) - French mobile phone games company Gameloft said it and other software developers were cutting back investment in developing games and other applications for Google's Android platform.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Creator Thinks Email Will Last Forever.  And Hasn't Tried Google Wave.  —  “Email is not going to disappear.  Possibly ever.  Until the robots kill us all.”  - Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail, co-founder of FriendFeed, currently doing vague infrastructure things at Facebook.
Don Clark / Digits:
Does Apple Enjoy a Licensing Loophole on iPhone?  —  While death and taxes are notable certainties, there's another in the wireless world: make a 3G cellphone and you pay patent royalties to Qualcomm.  But Apple may be evading some of the consequences.  —  Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Bing / Search Blog:
Committed to Comprehensive Results  —  There's been some buzz today based on a post by Nicholas D. Kristof at the New York Times suggesting that Bing filters results for searches conducted outside of the People's Republic of China (PRC) using Simplified Chinese characters for their query.
Discussion: TechFlash
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Boycott Microsoft Bing
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
YouTube pulls a Hulu — yanking API access from Popcorn Hour (Update: Google responds)  —  Hope you weren't enjoying watching YouTube on the television screen via Popcorn Hour and other set-top boxes, as they have been given notice by the newly 1080p and network TV-friendly website that they are no longer welcome to access its content.
Lauren Hansen / BBC:
What happened to Second Life?  —  Some shops opened with a fanfare then quietly closed  —  Not long ago Second Life was everywhere, with businesses opening branches and bands playing gigs in this virtual world.  Today you'd be forgiven for asking if it's still going.
Discussion: broadstuff, New World Notes and Joystiq
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 things about Microsoft's PDC 2009: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  Microsoft's 2009 developer conference wrapped up yesterday in Los Angeles.  Not since PDC 2003 has Microsoft talked so much and said so little.  As I listened to the keynotes and have reviewed the sessions, words …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
The Story Behind the FAA Flight-Plan System Crash  —  Table of Contents:  —  When a Salt Lake City router went offline, only government telecom contractor Harris knew that the backup card was not immediately available and one technician had access to where it was kept.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Barnes & Noble's Nook Sold Out for the Holidays  —  It's shaping up to a be very merry holiday season for's Kindle e-reader.  —  Earlier this week, we reported that Sony could not guarantee that its new Daily Edition Reader would reach online buyers in time for Christmas.
Paul Buchheit:
Open as in water, the fluid necessary for life  —  “Open” is a great thing.  Everyone likes it.  Unfortunately, nobody agrees what open is.  There are many meanings, but in general, I think “open” must be the opposite of “closed”.  In the world of abstract things like software …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hot Potato Organizes The Stream Around What's Really Happening Now  —  Yesterday, Twitter changed its organizing question from “What Are You Doing?” to “What's Happening?”  But if you want to know what's really happening now, check out Hot Potato, a startup launching right now at our Realtime CrunchUp.
Data on Twitter Decline Stacks Up  —  Tweeting no more?  —  First, spectacular growth.  Then a summertime slowdown.  And now, in fall 2009, US traffic to is declining.  —  According to data provided to eMarketer by Nielsen, traffic to was down a dramatic 27.8% between September …
Discussion: The Hill
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Rippol's Video Discovery Engine Launches To The Public  —  Rippol, the video discovery site that combines both complex algorithms with user suggestions to surface interesting content, has launched to the public at today's RealTime CrunchUp.  —  We recently took an in-depth look at the service …
Discussion: down the avenue and Skype Journal
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Verizon Droids already dropping in price.  Dell sells for $120  —  Update: Amazon has dropped Droid to $150 as well  —  You might be able to find a refurbished iPhone for $49 off...but only if if it is refurbished.  Even chain discounter Walmart only takes $2 off the price of the iPhone and there are never sales.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter to turn on advertising “you will love” (here's how: SuperTweet)  —  Twitter's COO, Dick Costolo, today, at the TechCrunch Real Time Crunchup (live video of the conference is live now on building43, there will be lots of news all day long from this event), told the audience that Twitter is …
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
Adtweets are Launching...and Featured Tweets are Back!!  —  TweetMeme is launching Adtweets!  Nick Halstead is at the Real-Time Crunchup in San Francisco today to reveal and demo our new, and exciting product!  The idea behind this product was based around wanting to reward advertisers for using great …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store approval process gets partially automated  —  Apple has added a new automated layer to its approval process for App Store software, but according to one developer, it's not perfect.  —  Apple recently began using computers to automatically scan for the use of private application programming interfaces.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies
David Ebner / Globe and Mail:
Flickr co-founder tries his hand at another Web startup
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone owners demand to see Apple source code
Discussion: Macsimum News and 9 to 5 Mac
Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The FTC should give nonprofit news a closer look
Discussion: Etaoin Shrdlu
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Oracle opponent cheers delay in mySQL decision
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Teen gets prison term for attack on Scientology Web site
 Earlier Items: 
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Sends Cease And Desist To USocial
Discussion: BBC and WebProNews
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Google adding IPv6 to YouTube