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1:25 PM 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 …
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
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.
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.
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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
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
Discussion: Open Sources's blog and Forbes
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
Phone Arena:
Samsung Omnia II poses for Exclusive pictures  —  Published on: Yesterday by PhoneArena Team  —  As we just reported, Verizon is expected to finally launch the Samsung Omnia II on December 2nd.  Set to price at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and your John Hancock on a 2 year contract …
Discussion: WMExperts, and Engadget
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.
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
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Rippol's Video Discovery Engine Launches To The Public
Discussion: down the avenue and Skype Journal
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
Adtweets are Launching...and Featured Tweets are Back!!
Discussion: VentureBeat and, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's App Store approval process gets partially automated
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 things about Microsoft's PDC 2009: The good, the bad and the ugly
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
iPhone owners demand to see Apple source code
Lauren Hansen / BBC:
What happened to Second Life?
Discussion: broadstuff, New World Notes and Joystiq