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9:55 AM ET, November 11, 2009

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Evan Williams:
Why Retweet works the way it does  —  This week on Twitter, we're rolling a feature we've been working on for a while out to a lot more users.  (If you don't have it yet, you will soon.)  That feature is our native version of Retweet, which Biz posted about on the Twitter blog a couple months ago.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Hate It Or Love It, Twitter's New Retweet Style Is Rolling Out
Elvin Lee / Google Photos Blog:
Twice the storage for a quarter of the price  —  (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog)  —  People today have more personal data online than ever before.  More and more people are starting to move the bulk of their data off the desktop and into servers “in the cloud,” …
Chris Lambert / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Latitude, now with Location History & Alerts  —  Since the launch of Google Latitude earlier this year, we've been getting a lot of feature requests.  One of the most popular ideas was for Latitude to keep track of location history, allowing you (but not your friends) to see where you've been at any point in time.
Bing / Search Blog:
Bringing the Best of Web Video to You at Bing Videos  —  Turn off the lights (literally), share with your friends and kick back...you are about to see the latest Bing videos experience.  —  Starting today and rolling out over the next few days Bing videos will provide a new unified online video destination …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hopes to remake programming with Go  —  Google software luminaries including Unix co-creator Ken Thompson believe they can help boost both computing power and programmers' abilities with an experimental programming language project called Go.  —  And on Tuesday, they're taking the veil …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Online Ads Are Booming, if They're Attached to a Video  —  News Web sites are starting to look a lot less like newspapers and a lot more like television.  —  CNN.com and ESPN.com are featuring video much more prominently on their home pages, often prompting visitors to press play before they begin to read.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Emerges as Nintendo Game Rival  —  Japan Giant's Lead in Hand-Held Devices Is Under Pressure From iPhone, iPod Touch  —  Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., is a self-proclaimed Apple Inc. fan.  He carries an iPhone and uses a Mac laptop.  So when Mr. Iwata says Nintendo …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Digits
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much is Twitter Worth?  Less Than You Think  —  Twitter, the San Francisco-based micro-messaging start-up, recently raised about $98 million dollars from T. Rowe Price, Insight Venture Partners, Spark Capital and Institutional Venture Partners. valuing the company at a whopping $1.1 billion.
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tests Skippable Ads In YouTube Videos  —  Google will begin testing “skippable” pre-roll ads in videos on YouTube Wednesday that could lead the Mountain View, Calif. search engine toward a new advertising model.  The small sampling, which runs indefinitely, will allow people who find …
Peter / The Mac Security Blog:
Intego Security Memo: Hacker Tool Copies Personal Info from iPhones  —  Description: Following the recent discovery of a worm that changes wallpaper on iPhones , Intego has spotted another piece of malware that attacks iPhones, one that is far more dangerous than the ikee worm.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Moves Aggressively into HSPA and HSPA+  —  From a carrier with no 3G offerings 18 months ago, T-Mobile has turned the ship fast—and turned the table on its competitors: T-Mobile used today's announcement of a new 3G USB modem to lay out its aggressive plans for 7.2 Mbps HSPA and 21 Mbps HSPA+ deployment nationwide.
BBC:
New PC to encourage older users  —  Eighty year old Betty Parsons uses a computer for the first time  —  A new computer aimed at people aged over 60 who are unfamiliar with PCs and the internet has been unveiled.  —  The simplified desktop - called SimplicITy - has just six buttons directing users …
Discussion: Telegraph, dot.life and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ohai launches massively multiplayer online vampire game on Facebook  —  Game startup Ohai is launching a new vampire-themed online world on Facebook as part of an attempt to snare more time and money from social network fans.  —  Social games have exploded on Facebook this year.
Discussion: TechCrunch and 901am
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Defends Skype Buy  —  Meg Whitman, former chief executive officer of eBay, defended her decision to buy Skype in a radio interview with KTKZ's Capitol Hour featuring Eric Hogue.  Whitman is running for the office of the Governor of California on a Republican ticket …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google VP Mayer Describes the Perfect Search Engine  —  Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said during the company's earnings call that Google had implemented about 120 search quality improvements during the third quarter as it moves toward its ultimate goal: “We want to get to the perfect search engine.”
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android Market: Agree to new terms or we unpublish your app  —  Google informed developers today that their distribution agreement for the Android Market is changing.  If developers do not accept the new agreement within 30 days, their applications will be removed from the Market.
Barb Dybwad / Mashable!:
Typekit Launches its Cloud-Based Web Font Service  —  Typekit takes a cloud-based approach to fonts on the web, serving up an extensive library of designer fonts that be incorporated into a site simply by dropping in a line of code.  We first wrote about it back in May when the project was first announced, and now the service is live.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Logitech Takes on Cisco, to Buy LifeSize for $405M  —  Logitech, a Swiss maker of peripherals for computers and digital consumer devices, is buying 6-year-old Austin, Texas-based video conferencing device maker LifeSize Communications for $405 million in cash.
Jack Loechner / MediaPost:
Newspaper Execs And Readers View Online News Availability Differently  —  American Press Institute, with ITZ Publishing and Belden Interactive, recently published initial results of a study designed to help Newspaper executives understand the current peer practices in generating revenue from digital content …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Reportr.net, Thanks:atul
Clay Johnson / sunlightlabs.com:
Recovery.gov's Systemic Failure  —  The new Recovery.gov— which we've written about and even nearly bid on— has certainly taken the government huge steps forward in terms of disclosing information, but it is not without controversy.  The press is questioning the program, pointing to wasteful spending or bad data.
Jim Rapoza / eWeek:
The End of Single Purpose Devices  —  Ahh, I love my modern digital lifestyle, especially when it comes to being out, whether traveling or just moving around the city.  It's great that I can walk around with a music collection that dwarfs my old college record collection …
Discussion: broadstuff and TeleRead
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Adobe To Cut 9 Percent Of Workforce  —  We've confirmed with Adobe that the company is cutting 9 percent of its workforce, or 680 employees.  Adobe filed an 8-K with the SEC today reporting the layoffs.  Earlier today we heard multiple reports that layoffs were taking place at Adobe.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In Time For Holiday Shopping Season, IBM Upgrades E-Commerce Software For Retailers  —  Tis' the season for holiday shopping and many of the tech giants are already staking their claim in the e-commerce industry.  Google recently launched Google Commerce, its hosted search offering for online retailers.
Discussion: internetnews.com and VentureBeat
WMPoweruser.com:
Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 7 “Maldives” tester program in Q1 2010  —  According to ZDNet Taiwan, Microsoft is set release Windows Mobile 7 to OEMs for testing in Q1 2010, with a launch date set for Q3 2010, a year after the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.
 
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PhysOrg.com:
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Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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New York Times:
Cultural Bent Hangs Over Oracle's Battle for Sun
Washington Post:
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