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9:45 AM ET, November 29, 2009


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Google Wave Blog:
Your thoughts on waving so far
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
ARM Aka Apple Rejected Me Is The New ‘fmylife’ For iPhone Developers  —  AppleRejectedMe is to iPhone developers what 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
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.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Don't Take This Bait (but You're Safe if You Do)  —  THE e-mail message from the bank looks real.  It isn't.  —  Law enforcement agencies that oversee computer security are well versed in the many permutations of “phishing,” the scam in which fraudsters try to lure people to a counterfeit replica …
Turkish engineers developing internet search engine  —  Turkish engineers are working on developing an internet search engine and aiming to launch it in 2010, a senior official said.  —  Turkish engineers are working on developing an internet search engine and aiming to launch it in 2010 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The iPhone's got Seoul  —  Apple's smartphone lands with a bang in Korea as pre-orders approach 65,000  —  Seoul iPhone launch.  Photo:  —  After China's muted reception, Koreans greeted the launch of the iPhone Saturday in the style to which Apple (AAPL) has become accustomed.
Discussion: NECN and Associated Press
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Xbox 360 iPlayer launch delayed indefinitely  —  Xbox 360 owners will have to keep waiting for the iPlayer to launch on the platform as talks between parent companies, Microsoft and the BBC, hit a “stumbling block”.  —  According to sources close to the BBC's Future Media and Technology department …
Discussion: News, VG247 and Memex 1.1
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac Pro to Get 6-Core Xeon Gulftown Processor in 2010?  —  HardMac reports that Polish website PCLab prematurely leaked performance numbers on Intel's upcoming Xeon Gulftown (Core i9).  The results have since been pulled but is summarized by HardMac:
First Test for the Forthcoming Intel 6-Core Xeon
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9 to 5 Mac
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Chris Jacob / Gizmodo:
Nokia Gets Busted Showing Off N900 SNES Emulator
Discussion: CrunchGear and Nintendo Life
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
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Christine Armario / Associated Press:
Teachers begin using cell phones for class lessons
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