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4:55 PM ET, November 30, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of The CrunchPad  —  It was so close I could taste it.  Two weeks ago we were ready to publicly launch the CrunchPad.  The device was stable enough for a demo.  It went hours without crashing.  We could even let people play with the device themselves - the user interface …
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Brad / Liliputing:
The CrunchPad tablet is dead, is anybody surprised?  —  For much of the past year, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has been working with a small group on a pet project called the CrunchPad.  It was designed to be a 12 inch tablet style device for surfing the web from a couch.
Discussion: eSarcasm
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAK: The Google Phone “Is a Certainty”  —  According to a trusted source who's seen it with their own eyes, the Google Phone “is a certainty.”  —  And by “Google Phone” we don't simply mean another Android handset.  We're talking about Google-branded hardware running a version of Android we haven't yet seen.
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Apple, Chip Bully?  —  Chipmakers Claim iPhone Maker Disrupts Flash Market  —  There are growing complaints in the semiconductor industry that Apple, the “smart” phone maker extraordinaire and major chip buyer, is manipulating NAND flash memory prices through its “questionable” purchasing strategies, industry sources said Sunday.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Latest Microsoft Patches Cause Black Screen of Death  —  Microsoft's latest round of security patches appears to be causing some PCs to seize up and display a black screen, rending the computer useless.  —  The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Online Sales Huge On Black Friday, Apple Retail Mac Down  —  Update: Munster has issued a new Black Friday report that includes e-commerce information.  —  It looks like Apple's Web business was huge: Sales were up 39% year-over-year on Black Friday, according to comScore …
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Stewart / Alsop-Louie Partners:
Droid Doesn't: It's Not Ready For Prime Time  —  The Motorola Droid is truly terrible, in part because it has such promise (and has been amazingly well reviewed — I worry I'm missing something).  Ironically, most of the blame for the cruddiness of the phone really should be laid at Google's feet, not Motorola's.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple iPhone May Go to T-Mobile Next  —  Stock quotes in this article: AAPL , VZ , MOT , T  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple's (AAPL Quote) path to U.S. smartphone dominance may take an abrupt detour as the iPhone's next destination may be Deutsche Telekom's (DT Quote) T-Mobile and not Verizon (VZ Quote).
Discussion: Between the Lines and TmoNews
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Kindle has best sales month in November, Amazon says  —  Kindles are still available, while Sony and Nook e-readers are out of stock  —  Computerworld - November was the best sales month ever for the Kindle e-reader, even before traditionally heavy sales on Cyber Monday, Amazon.com Inc. said early today.
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Bing / Search Blog:
Top Bing Searches in 2009  —  Cue Music.  Awwww, 2009.  It was a year of UFO shaped dirigibles, mom jeans on pop stars, real housewives, a new president, and a new decision engine.  Oh and there may have been something about Vampires too, we weren't really paying attention.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Open Source as a Model for Business Is Elusive  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In many ways, MySQL embodies the ideals of the populist software movement known as open source, in which a program's creator releases it to the world free of charge, and legions of volunteers contribute improvements that are also freely shared.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
French court slams eBay with €1.7M fine over LVMH product resale dispute  —  [France] A commercial court in Paris has fined eBay €1.7 million euros (roughly £1.6 million) for allegedly not sticking to an injunction banning users from selling on products of luxury goods …
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PR Newswire:
eBay Responds to French Court Ruling Versus LVMH
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Twidroid 3.0 Launches with Plugin Support  —  Originally set to launch in “early December,” Twidroid surprised us by launching the next version of the popular Android Twitter client here on the last day of November instead.  Twidroid 3.0, which is now available in the Android Marketplace …
Discussion: Gizmodo, VatorNews, Shotton.com and rssCloud Blog, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The New TweetDeck Goes List Crazy And Adds Maps To GeoTweets  —  Streamreaders just keep getting better and better.  A new version of TweetDeck is rolling out today with some major improvements, including support for Lists, Retweets, maps for geo-tagged messages, and LinkedIn streams.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Location start-up SimpleGeo maps out funding  —  Venture firm First Round Capital has led the Series A funding round for start-up SimpleGeo, a buzzed-about new company that has built a product for easy integration of “location” features into Web and mobile apps, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Features Chrome For Mac Beta Will Be Missing  —  As we've noted, Chrome for Mac is getting very, very close to its official beta launch.  The team is down to a mere 8 bugs to fix before it's ready (and it looks like the list has been trimmed to 7 as of a few hours ago).
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
New challenges for Nintendo  —  The Nintendo Wii, the motion-control darling of the video game console world, faces new challenges and questions about its future like never before.  —  The industry-leading hardware has been the hottest gift three holiday seasons in a row since it was released in November 2006.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Digg Steals A Google Exec As New VP Product  —  Digg has poached Keval Desai away from Google as their new Vice President of Product, we've confirmed from the company.  Desai's last day at Google is today.  —  Desai is a long time Google employee, first joining the company in 2003.
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Males vs. females in social networks  —  Have you ever wondered how many of Twitter's users are women?  Or men?  What about Facebook, MySpace, Digg, LinkedIn, and other sites in the social media sphere?  —  We have tracked down this information for a number of social network sites (19 of them).
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Best Buy Rocketfish WirelessHD Adapter Unplugs HDMI  —  Best Buy's new Rocketfish Wireless HD adapter lets users put up to 33 feet of wire-free space between an HDMI-capable HD video source and their HDTV.  —  The world of wireless high-definition video solutions has been marked by far …
Discussion: DVICE and Gizmodo
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of Windows 7 Satisfaction  —  Windows 7 is scarcely more than a month old.  Most of the people who will eventually use it haven't gotten around to trying it yet; those that have are still settling in.  And the Win 7 experience will change rapidly as remaining bugs are squashed …
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Simone Weichselbaum / NY Daily News:
Gangs in New York talk Twitter: Use tweets to trash-talk rivals, plan fights  —  The city's street gangs are becoming tweet gangs.  —  Manhattan's young thugs have turned to Twitter, and the cops who track them are fast behind, the Daily News has learned.  —  It's old-school crime meets …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Fund A Google Boycott  —  All that hoopla about Microsoft subsidizing News Corp's boycott of Google?  Just noise, says the Michael Liedtke of the AP.  —  He spoke with three Microsoft sources who all say Microsoft is not going to pay publishers to pull their content from Google.
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
LG, AT&T Announce 1-GHz Projector Phone  —  Here's a whole bunch of firsts for the U.S.: LG today announced the Expo, a Windows Mobile 6.5-based smartphone with a built-in fingerprint sensor and optional pico-projector powered by a Qualcomm 1-GHz processor that I assume is their Snapdragon chipset, though LG doesn't say.
Filip Truta / Softpedia News:
VirtualBox 3.1.0 Final Released  —  Last week, Sun Microsystems announced a new beta release of its open source virtualization program, VirtualBox.  Bringing Teleportation, a feature that allows for the live migration of a VM session from one machine to another, VirtualBox 3.1 …
The Global Language Monitor:
Top Word of 2009: Twitter  —  Followed by Obama, H1N1, Stimulus, and Vampire “King of Pop” is Top Phrase; “Obama” is top name  —  The Global Language Monitor has announced that Twitter is the Top Word of 2009 in its annual global survey of the English language.  Twittered was followed by Obama, H1N1, Stimulus, and Vampire.
 
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Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Man arrested for robbing RuneScape virtual characters
Discussion: Times of London
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Wave Users Want More of Their Friends on Wave
Discussion: Download Squad
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Chat with Roku on hurdles to online video market
John Levine / CircleID:
US Court Levies $15 Million Fine Against Spammer
Chris Saad / Got Kit?:
Echo Whirlpools are here!
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Mobile Head David Ko Takes Over Audience Job Too (But Mobile …
Discussion: paidContent
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Adds Advanced Search Capabilities
Discussion: Hulu Blog and CNET News
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Stolen Belgian iPhones Starting To Appear on Russian Black Market
Paul Venezia / Paul Venezia's blog:
Digital tyranny in the U.K. — is the U.S. next?
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Baidu targets Google with mobile search app
 

 
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