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11:10 AM ET, November 21, 2009


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Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Boycott Microsoft Bing  —  Critics have accused President Obama of kowtowing to Chinese leaders, by failing to meet dissidents, toning down his criticisms and delaying a meeting with the Dalai Lama.  On balance, I think that criticism is premature: Confrontation doesn't help with China and can hurt …
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia and Slashdot, Thanks:atul
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
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.
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.
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?
Discussion: Open Sources's blog and Forbes
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: Mark Evans Tech and The Hill
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Maybe Instead of Two Cars, You Just Need a Car and a Bicycle  —  One thing that strikes me about Chrome OS and Litl is that neither bother trying to do everything Windows or Mac OS X can do.  Not even close.  I don't think either even bothers trying to serve as one's primary computer.
Discussion: Technovia, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP Scans Sarah Palin Book Without Permission; Look Out Google Book Search  —  Google, accused by some as being a book thief, now has company — the Associated Press.  The AP patted itself on the back in an internal memo that detailed how it scanned a copy of Sarah Palin's book without permission, to make it searchable.
Discussion: Techdirt and TPMDC, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 and, Thanks:atul
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.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store approval process gets partially automated
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
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Jim Barnett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The FTC should give nonprofit news a closer look
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Oracle opponent cheers delay in mySQL decision
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U.S. electric carmaker Tesla preparing IPO-sources
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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?
Discussion: Joystiq
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Google adding IPv6 to YouTube
Discussion: Softpedia News
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
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