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10:50 AM ET, November 11, 2009

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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
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
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.
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 …
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, Electronista and Digits
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.
Jennifer / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Convicted Murderer To Wikipedia: Shhh!  —  In 1990, Bavarian actor Walter Sedlmayr was brutally murdered.  Two of his business associates were convicted, imprisoned for the crime, and recently paroled.  Who killed Sedlmayr?  Its a matter of public record, but if one of the men …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Is Twitter Worth?  Less Than You Think  —  Twitter, the San Francisco-based micro-messaging startup, 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
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 …
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 …
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.
PhysOrg.com:
Research shows avatars can negatively affect users  —  (PhysOrg.com) — Although often seen as an inconsequential feature of digital technologies, one's self-representation, or avatar, in a virtual environment can affect the user's thoughts, according to research by a University ...
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
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.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Samsung plans Symbian-free future  —  Oh my god, it's full of widgets  —  Samsung's roadmap includes Windows mobile, Android and its new Bada platform, but there's no sign of Symbian in the plan.  —  The details come from Samsung VP Don Joo Lee, who told Digitimes that the company …
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
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.
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.
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.
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: TechCrunch
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Good Bloggers Make Good Neighbors, New Survey Shows  —  Back in the day, it was assumed that heavy Internet geeks were a bunch of basement-dwelling, trenchcoat-wearing, socially maladjusted introverts.  —  However, a new study from the Pew Internet Project shows that geeks …
Discussion: Pew Internet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In Time For The 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
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Boffins boast newfangled rootkit blocker
Discussion: Technology Review
David Kaplan / paidContent:
IDC: Global Online Ad Spend Has Bottomed Out—But Real Growth Won't Show Until Q1
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Defends Skype Buy
New York Times:
Cultural Bent Hangs Over Oracle's Battle for Sun
Clay Johnson / sunlightlabs.com:
Recovery.gov's Systemic Failure
Washington Post:
China proves to be an aggressive foe in cyberspace
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New public relations: Beating back bad press with Google AdWords
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
PHP Founder Rasmus Lerdorf Leaves Yahoo
Ed Gubbins / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Roku box opens this month with Skitter
Elia Freedman / ReadWriteWeb:
One Mobile App for Multiple Platforms Almost a Reality
Jim Rapoza / eWeek:
The End of Single Purpose Devices
Discussion: broadstuff and TeleRead