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1:40 PM ET, November 29, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Field Testing Next Generation iPhone (3,1)  —  iPhone developer Pandav has informed MacRumors that they have spotted usage records for an unreleased iPhone in their app's analytics.  The app used was iBART [Free / Paid], a public transportation guide for the San Francisco train system.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Killed Windows 7 Family Guy Special Even More Horrible Than I Imagined  —  Microsoft's posted the clips from Family Guy's killed hackathon that would've shilled for Windows 7, and they're even more brain-liquefyingly stupid than I thought.  Just watch, but when your brains leak out your ears, don't say I didn't warn you.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Take iPhone's Maps App to ‘the Next Level’  —  MacRumors has found a new Apple job listing seeking an iPhone Software Engineer to join the iPhone and iPod Touch Maps team with the goal of taking the iPhone's built-in Maps App to “the next level”:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Foursquare, Facebook is Poised To Dominate Geo  —  Over the last six months just about all of my tech friends have started using Foursquare, a geolocation-based game that was built by the creators of Google-acquired Dodgeball.  Some of them will literally pull out their phones …
Discussion: thylmann.net, TechCrunch Europe and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Paul Buchheit:
So I finally tried Wave...  Last week, TechCrunch published a story about me not yet trying Google Wave ("Gmail Creator Thinks Email Will Last Forever.  And Hasn't Tried Google Wave").  The is apparently unacceptable, or as one commenter put it, “Paul may have been trying to be cool and ironic …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft's top developers prefer old-school coding methods  —  Panel of Microsoft distinguished engineers offers views on the state of programming  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. has done more to popularize graphical programming than any other vendor.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Is Microsoft Store just a cheap Apple Store rip-off?  —  Yesterday, Black Friday 2009, I drove 70 miles north from San Diego to Mission Viejo, Calif. My goal: To answer that question.  In October, Microsoft opened two retail outlets, in Arizona and California, that do remind of Apple Store.
Sophia Yan / Time:
Anonymous Gossip Sites  —  So here's what free speech has come to on campus: “Name the freshman sluts!” an anonymous post demands on the Indiana University page of a multischool gossip site.  So-and-so “has herpes!” proclaims an unsigned post on Texas Christian University's page.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs are Amazon's ‘Most Wished For’  —  But some people may not be getting the computers they hoped for this holiday season  —  On the eve of Cyber Monday, Apple (AAPL) Macs held the top three spots on Amazon's (AMZN) “Most Wished For” laptop list, as well as the top four spots on the desktop computer wish list.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Mullenweg:
Micro-blogging vs Mega-blogging  —  I don't think “mega-blogging” is actually a thing, I just made it up to make the title sound more dramatic.  But if mega-blogging were a thing, you would do it with WordPress.  Micro-blogging is a thing, ash a lot of people do it with Twitter.
Thanks:atul
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
ARM Aka Apple Rejected Me Is The New ‘fmylife’ For iPhone Developers  —  AppleRejectedMe is to iPhone developers what fmylife.com is to frustrated teenagers.  Basically the idea is to: … The website is still new and doesn't have much funny stories yet.  Nonetheless it's an interesting concept …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
TechFlash:
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook get free pass from potential rivals  —  After watching the rise of YouTube, Microsoft launched its own Soapbox video site.  After seeing Craigslist pull in huge amounts of traffic, the Redmond company launched its own online classifieds, Windows Live Expo.  Its Evite competitor?
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPhone's got Seoul
Discussion: NECN and Associated Press
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Don't Take This Bait (but You're Safe if You Do)
Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
Nokia Gets Busted Showing Off N900 SNES Emulator
Discussion: CrunchGear
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Follows Google to Data Center Savings
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:robinwauters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Video Professor Tries To Bully Washington Post, Fails
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Pro to Get 6-Core Xeon Gulftown Processor in 2010?
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Xbox 360 iPlayer launch delayed indefinitely
Discussion: T3.com News, VG247 and Memex 1.1
Nicholson Baker / New York Times:
Google's Earth
Discussion: Snarkmarket and TeleRead
Vijay Pandurangan / VentureBeat:
What are Google's real motivations behind Chrome OS?
Discussion: Beyond Search
 

 
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