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5:25 PM ET, November 22, 2009

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Russell Beattie:
Android is splintering, just not how you think it is...  Not to be too condescending, but I think it's amusing to watch the old-school techies in the past couple years finally get around to paying attention to the mobile market that I've had been ranting about exclusively for the better part of the past decade.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and ongoing
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Motorola Droid just $119 from Dell  —  We love seeing hot new smartphones getting their price tags slashed mere weeks after its initial launch.  The latest price reduction on the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Droid comes from Dell.com, making it possible to put a Droid in your pocket for just $119 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lady Gaga Earns Slightly More From Spotify Than Piracy  —  In August, Swedish artist and composer Magnus Uggla launched a scathing attack on the owners of Spotify.  After discovering that Sony BMG is a shareholder and receiving virtually no cash from his music being played there …
Discussion: The Next Web and p2pnet
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Will the ‘smartbook’ be a better Netbook?  —  The “smartbook” aspires to put the smartphone into the laptop.  Will it be able to elevate an Apple iPhone or Motorola Droid-like experience to a larger device, or is it just more marketing mumbo-jumbo?  —  Two companies are hoping that the smartbook …
Symantec:
Zero-Day Internet Explorer Exploit Published  —  A new exploit targeting Internet Explorer was published to the BugTraq mailing list yesterday.  Symantec has conducted further tests and confirmed that it affects Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 as well.  The exploit currently exhibits signs …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Why Are Tech Layoffs Rising in a Recovery?  —  The brutal economic downturn that's being called “The Great Recession” is, at least in a technical sense, over.  Online advertising and IT spending are inching back up, and many tech companies have seen their stock prices more than double from the lows reached in March.
Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
Screening The News  —  Editor's note: Today, being a news junkie requires not just the ability to keep up with hundreds of breaking stories a day, but the ability to redistribute those stories to your followers and news sites.  To get some insight into the modern news junkie …
Discussion: Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog, Thanks:atul
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.
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 and thewhir.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
What wowed the crowd at Web 2.0 Expo  —  The man behind #swineflu and #HowBlackAreYou was the hit at this year's NYC webfest  —  Baratunde Thurston.  Image: O'Reilly Media  —  This has nothing in particular to do with Apple (AAPL), but it's very 2.0.  —  We spent much of last week …
Discussion: Twist Image
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Brin: Google's OSes likely to converge  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's dual-pronged operating-system strategy will likely produce a single OS down the road, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  —  Many Google observers were puzzled when the company announced plans for Chrome OS in July …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter.com traffic down?  Seesmic Web is +30%/month  —  There are many reports that the traffic from Twitter.com would be going down.  We see the opposite on the app side, at least for Seesmic.  Seesmic Web is growing very strong as you can see the number of Tweets posted growing.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
VideoLobby Wants To Help You Create Your Own Custom-Branded Live Webcasts
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At a Software Powerhouse, the Good Life Is Under Siege
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Liliputing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Naspers Could Be The Next Owner Of ICQ (And Why That Would Make Sense)
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPhone App Is Broken. Who Will Fix It?
Discussion: App Advice
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Zynga Says Offers Were Just 10% Of Revenues
Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012
Discussion: Gizmodo and Maximum PC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down GrandCentral Website
 

 
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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