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4:55 PM ET, November 11, 2009

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Bing / Search Blog:
How Many Calories in a Burger?  What's 2^2^2^2^2?  Bing and Wolfram|Alpha Have the Answers  —  One of the things we've tried to do with Bing is to bring customers the information they are looking for, presented in a useful way.  If we can adequately infer a user's intent …
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Michael French / mcvuk.com:
Natal launch details leak from secret Microsoft tour  —  November 2010 release, 5m units global ship, 14 games, and super-low sub-£50 price  —  MCV can this week reveal first details regarding the launch of Microsoft's Project Natal.  —  Our sources say the innovative controller-free 360 camera …
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,” …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Gives You More Storage for Less, but Still No GDrive
HP Newsroom:
HP to Acquire 3Com for $2.7 Billion  —  Will create networking industry powerhouse with a proven, edge-to-data center set of solutions and global reach — HP and 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) ("3Com") today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase 3Com …
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 …
Pete Lidwell / The Official Google Blog:
Locking SafeSearch  —  When you're searching on Google, we think you should have the choice to keep adult content out of your search results.  That's why we developed SafeSearch, a feature that lets you filter sexually explicit web sites and images from your search results.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide SaaS Revenue to Grow 18 Percent in 2009  —  Worldwide software as a service (SaaS) revenue is forecast to reach $7.5 billion in 2009, a 17.7 percent increase from 2008 revenue of $6.4 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. The market will show consistent growth through 2013 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Current TV Staff Suffer A “Major Bloodbath” As 80 Employees Lose Their Jobs  —  Today is another sobering day for the tech and media world.  Current TV has confirmed that 80 people are being let go, leaving the company with 300 employees worldwide.  We heard multiple reports of significant layoffs at Current TV earlier in the day.
Chung Wu / The Official Google Blog:
World Bank public data, now in search  —  When we first launched public data on Google.com, we wanted to make statistics easier to find and to encourage debate based on facts rather than intuition.  The day after we launched, a friend who worked at the World Bank called me …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Windows 7 was “inspired by Mac”, Microsoft admits  —  We reckon a lot of Mac users will be dashing across to read PCR's interview with Microsoft's partner group manager, Simon Aldous, today, if only to look in black and white at his admission that Windows 7 was “inspired” by Apple's Mac OS X.
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Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Vista users are jumping fast to Windows 7, but XP users aren't
Discussion: eWeek and CIO.com
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 …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple App Store Takes One Tiny Step Toward Transparency  —  Taking a small step toward openness, Apple is rolling out a brand new way for iPhone developers to track the status of apps they've submitted to the App Store.  —  While it may not sound like much, the move gives iPhone developers reason to celebrate.
Discussion: textually.org and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Playdom Raises A Huge Round At A Huge Valuation  —  It's only a day after one of the big three social game developers, Playfish, announced a $400 million acquisition.  —  And today we've confirmed that another one, Playdom, has done its own massive deal: $43 million on a $260 million pre-money valuation.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers  —  Thousands of gamers may have been cut off from Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live for modifying their consoles to play pirated games.  —  Online reports suggest that as many as 600,000 gamers may have been affected.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A Look At All The Sites Owned By Rupert Murdoch That ‘Steal’ Content  —  As Rupert Murdoch talks about how he wants to cut off Google, while claiming that aggregator sites are “parasites” and “stealing” from him — and that fair use would likely be barred by the courts, it seemed …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Facebook Facial-Recognition Tagger Goes Live  —  Face.com is opening its photo-tagging system, based on facial-recognition technology, to Facebook members Wednesday. … Photo Tagger, which launched to a limited group of users in July, scans a user's photo albums on the social-networking site, then lets him tag faces it identifies.
Discussion: CNET News, TechCrunch and Daily Bits
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
$35,000 to tour Bill Gates' house  —  The latest sign of the economic recovery: Bill Gates' house.  —  Each fall as part of Microsoft's charitable giving campaign, people at the company donate products, services and experiences for their fellow employees to bid on.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Zune HD Marketplace now loaded with free 3D games  —  That latest update to the Zune HD's brainstem has unlocked an extra dimension to the multifunctional device, which can now boast “3D gaming device” among its many accolades.  Aside from fixing a significant issue on the music side …
Louis Gray:
Twitter Plucks Data Management Guru from Yahoo!  —  That Twitter is dealing with massive amounts of data flowing through its servers these days would be an understatement, as the service sees strong growth and significant mindshare.  With the company having passed what looks …
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's AdMob Purchase Will Expand Sales of IPhone Ads, CEO Schmidt Says  —  Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said his company's $750 million purchase of AdMob Inc. will expand sales of ads that appear in applications on smart phones such as the iPhone.
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.
Jonell Baltazar / TrendLabs:
New Koobface Component Imitates Facebook User  —  The Koobface botnet has pushed out a new component that automates the following routines:  — Registering a Facebook account  — Confirming an email address in Gmail to activate the registered Facebook account  — Joining random Facebook groups
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Softpedia News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Gets Town To Turn Off Free Muni-WiFi Over Single Unauthorized Movie Download  —  Dan alerts us to the news that the free muni-WiFi system used around the Coshocton's County Courthouse in Northern Ohio was shut down over a complaint by the MPAA over a single unauthorized movie download.
Tim Elfrink / SF Weekly:
Worms in the Apple  —  Two rebels take on America's most beloved computer company.  —  Robert Pedraza is a 24-year-old self-taught programmer with a thin frame, spiky dark hair, gleaming braces, and squinty eyes.  Rudy, his brother, is a year older and a quarter-foot taller.
Adam Lashinsky / Brainstorm Tech:
Internet TV: When, dammit?  —  Hulu touts about TV anytime, anywhere.  But hooking your TV to the Net?  Crazy talk!  —  Funny pages: Hulu offers web video, but doesn't encourage Net TV.  Image: Hulu  —  I had an epiphany early last year when I visited Hulu for an article David Kirkpatrick …
 
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Digital cloud plan for city skies
Discussion: Softpedia News and Gizmodo
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
BlackBerry a security threat claims French businessman
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD to launch combo graphics-microprocessor chips in 2011
Discussion: CNET News and AnandTech
Laura Berman / Fortune:
Making Detroit a tech hub - One CEO's vision
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo's videos get iPhone, Android-friendly
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
XOHM Finally Becomes Clear …
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
MS home server users hit by Windows Live Custom Domains snafu
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley's Spending Spree Signal a Recovery?
Discussion: GigaOM and Inc.com
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Lauds IPhone App That Spreads State Views
Discussion: Digits and LOOPRumors
Agence France Presse:
Google ordered to pay 500,000 dlrs to F1 racer Barrichello
Discussion: Beyond Search
PhysOrg.com:
Research shows avatars can negatively affect users
Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Convicted Murderer To Wikipedia: Shhh!