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8:10 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Video Demonstrates Wired's Concept iTablet App  —  Who takes Apple's rumored touchscreen tablet seriously?  Wired's parent company Condé Nast.  Earlier this week, the corporation revealed its plans to work with Adobe to repurpose magazine content for upcoming digital devices, including the Apple tablet (if it is indeed real).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPhone App Is Broken.  Who Will Fix It?  —  10 days ago, Facebook developer Joe Hewitt rocked the iPhone development world when he announced that he would stop making iPhone apps because he was fed up with the way Apple is running the App Store.  This is significant since Hewitt …
Discussion: App Advice and Daring Fireball
eMarketer:
Data on Twitter Decline Stacks Up  —  Tweeting no more?  —  First, spectacular growth.  Then a summertime slowdown.  And now, in fall 2009, US traffic to Twitter.com is declining.  —  According to data provided to eMarketer by Nielsen, traffic to Twitter.com was down a dramatic 27.8% between September …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and The Hill
Laura Northrup / Consumerist:
Smoking Near Apple Computers Creates Biohazard, Voids Warranty  —  Unless you've just arrived in 2009 on a time machine, you know that smoking isn't good for you.  Did you know, that smoking isn't good for your computer, either?  It's true, at least according to Apple.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem  —  Firefox has a CPU usage issue and, consequently, can cause overheating problems in some laptops, particularly ultraportables.  That's what I've found over the last couple of years.  —  But don't take my word for it.
Discussion: Liliputing
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Friend's Tweet Could Be an Ad  —  Tuesday was another typical day for John Chow, blogger and Internet entrepreneur in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Mr. Chow treated his 50,000 Twitter followers to a photograph of his lunch (barbecued chicken and French fries), discussed the weather …
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down GrandCentral Website  —  Google Voice was GrandCentral before Google acquired that company back in 2007.  Like most Google acquisitions it took a long time to fully rebuild the service on Google's infrastructure, and even today Google Voice is still in private beta.
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
Examiner:
Apple to release iPod Touch with camera this Spring?  —  We have heard from an inside source who claims the camera version of the iPod Touch 3G will be released this Spring.  The source confirms to us that the iPod Touch 3G with camera had actually been planned for release this past September, but had problems passing quality control.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Examining Windows 7's fast start  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got lots of attention yesterday when he announced that the company has sold twice as many copies of Windows 7 as it did any previous version of the operating system in its first month.  It's “a fantastic start,” he told shareholders at the company's annual meeting.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Zynga Says Offers Are Just 10% Of Revenues  —  In a new disclosure, Zynga tells us it makes 90% of its revenues from gamers putting their own money into the system to buy virtual goods.  —  Zynga says 10% of its revenues come from “offers” marketing, where sponsors agree …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Matt / WordPress Publisher Blog:
WordPress and Windows Azure  —  This week I had a unique opportunity to appear at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, to demo four open source technologies — WordPress, Apache, MySQL, PHP — running on Microsoft's new EC2 competitor called Azure.
Discussion: The Blog Herald, thewhir.com and GigaOM
Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012  —  Microsoft should once again release its next mainstream version of Windows about three years after the last, a roadmap obtained this week reveals.  The schedule has the major revision, tentatively titled “Windows 8,” launching in 2012 or about three years after Windows 7.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and Maximum PC
 
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