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4:35 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: 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, 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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog: traffic down?  Seesmic Web is +30%/month  —  There are many reports that the traffic from 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.
Discussion: Android Central, eMarketer and AndroidGuys, Thanks:seesmic
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
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: and Liliputing
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Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012
Discussion: Gizmodo and Maximum PC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down GrandCentral Website