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7:40 PM 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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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?
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.
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Barnes & Noble's Nook Sold Out for the Holidays  —  It's shaping up to a be very merry holiday season for Amazon.com'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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Brizzly Opens To All.  And Snatches Someone From Facebook.  —  Brizzly was first unveiled in private beta at our first CrunchUp event in July, so it's only appropriate that today, the day of our next CrunchUp, it's being opened to the public.  Now, to be clear, the product is still technically in beta …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us, Mashable!, The Social and Lifehacker, Thanks:atul
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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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Channel 10
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.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Ventures Into Mobile With Powerful New Apps For Android And BlackBerry  —  Seesmic is having a huge week.  The startup that develops Twitter and Facebook clients for the web and desktop just unveiled a native Windows client at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference earlier this week.
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 …
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.
David Ebner / Globe and Mail:
Flickr co-founder tries his hand at another Web startup  —  B.C.-based Tiny Speck has big plans to tap the Web interactive wave he helped create with an attempt - still a secret - to take online gaming to another level  — Personal Tech - Back to School Laptop Guide - The Download Decade - Browse the Windows 7 section
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone owners demand to see Apple source code  —  Apple agreed to turn over iPhone source code in antitrust lawsuit, but then reneged, plaintiffs say  —  Computerworld - iPhone owners charging Apple and AT&T with breaking antitrust laws asked a federal judge this week to force Apple to hand …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macsimum News
Dan Goodin / The Register:
FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies  —  Please don't feed the spammers  —  The US Food and Drug Administration said it has completed a sweep of illegal online pharmacies that targeted 136 websites that appeared to be illegally selling drugs to American consumers.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
GCHQ targets recruits on Xbox Live
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Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Oracle opponent cheers delay in mySQL decision
Discussion: internetnews.com and Reuters
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
U.S. electric carmaker Tesla preparing IPO-sources
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Teen gets prison term for attack on Scientology Web site
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Proper web browsing on a console: Firefox coming to the Sony PS3?
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Wang Xing / CHINAdaily:
iPhone to seize 10% of 3G market
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Google adding IPv6 to YouTube
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Google's News Experiments & The Quest To Solve The “Read State” Issue
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