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12:25 AM ET, November 15, 2010


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Tumblr Just Reverse Take Down 4Chan?  —  Today was supposed to be the day that 4Chan took down Tumblr.  Instead, it looks like 4Chan itself is down.  Could Tumblr be behind it?  —  As you can see, 4Chan is down for everyone, not just me.  And it has been that way for at least the past 15 minutes.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Techie Buzz
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
4chan vs. Tumblr: Whoever Wins, We All Lose
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Pulse, Popular App, Moves to Attract More Users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Publishers' offices at print newspapers and magazines are tension-filled places these days, as executives watch readers and advertisers flock to the Web and cellphone screens.  —  Contrast that to the atmosphere …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Raid The MiniBar: Meebo Gets Into The Site Check-In Game.  But Don't Call It A Game.  —  With the rise of Foursquare, the “check-in” has become fairly commonplace.  With the launch of Places, Facebook will only make it more so.  It shouldn't be surprising that we're seeing dozens …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Just Announced Updates To AOL Mail  —  AOL just put out a press release announcing updates to AOL Mail.  —  Weird timing, since it's 12 pm eastern on a Sunday, which is not exactly the prime time for news.  —  Maybe it is just trying to get the jump on Facebook which is expected to announce its email product on Monday.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
‘Project Phoenix’: Aol tries to raise email from ashes
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and Erictric
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
HP Slate 500 sees ‘extraordinary demand,’ experiences six-week shipping delay (update)  —  Yes, the HP Slate 500 is officially backordered, less than a month after its enterprising debut, and Hewlett-Packard claims it's because of “extraordinary demand,” a phrase that's presently not quantifiable.
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Path: The Social App That's Not Viral (By Design)  —  Silicon Valley is in the midst of a mini photo-sharing app boomlet.  We have Instagram (which started adding 100,000 users per week as soon as it launched last month), Picplz (which beat out Instagram to get a Series A round with their shared investors …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
The iPadification of OS X - Part II  —  Two weeks ago, I argued that iOS will evolve into the operating system for future incarnations of iMacs and MacBooks.  The comments on the article provided abundant food for thought, so much so that I decided to argue the opposite point of view: Yes …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Tim Wu, Author of ‘The Master Switch’  —  Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who came up with the term “net neutrality” in a research paper, has just written a new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” published by Knopf.
Discussion: Slate
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
More Kinect Craziness: Mind-Blowing 3D Video Effect  —  The Kinect may be divisive as a gaming peripheral, but I think we can all agree that a $150 off-the-shelf depth-aware camera system is a good thing.  And just in the week since the device launched, people have already come up with some crazy applications for it.
Discussion: Engadget
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Phone Call Is Dead  —  more info (via: Wylio) In the tech industry saying that something is dead actually means “It's on the decline.”  And yes, the phone call is on an inexorable decline.  —  My original title for this post was “The Phone Call Will Be Dead In __ Years” …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Windows Phone 7 beats iPhone 4 and Android ... in a grilling contest (video)  —  Let's face it, it's a question the world's been dying to know the answer to: which of the T-Mobile G2, HTC Surround and iPhone 4 will withstand a (literal) grilling the longest?  Well, just in time for a mildly singed breakfast today, we have the answer.
Discussion: AndroidSPIN and Covering Web
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?  —  WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health.  So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body.  —  I'm paraphrasing here.  But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding …
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia, Examiner, SAI and Gizmodo
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Google engineer: Raise leaker exposed us to mugging
Discussion: Examiner
Fred / A VC:
Self Expression Matters
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Breaking the Web's Cookie Jar
Discussion: Epeus' epigone