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2:40 PM 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  —  Google just announced dramatically reduced prices for their online storage options via a post on the company's Official Google Blog.  The new rates give you 20 GB for $5 per year, or, as Google puts it “twice as much storage for a quarter of the old price.”
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 …
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bing Keeps the Changes Coming-But Is It Working?
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Google Watch, Thanks:atul
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.
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
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 and TechCrunch
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.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Report: Motorola Considers $4.5 Billion Spin-Off Of Set-Top Box Business  —  Motorola (NYSE: MOT) now has its sights set on selling a division responsible for building set-top boxes and other cable and phone equipment, after deciding to delay the sale of its struggling wireless-phone business late last year.
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.  We heard multiple reports of significant layoffs at Current TV earlier in the day.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:erickschonfeld
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 …
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 ...
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley's Spending Spree Signal a Recovery?  —  This week brought acquisitions of three high-profile technology startups, a welcome break in the gloom that has enveloped Silicon Valley for the past year.  —  On Monday, Google agreed to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising startup backed …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Google ordered to pay 500,000 dlrs to F1 racer Barrichello  —  SAO PAULO — Internet giant Google has been ordered to pay 500,000 dollars in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting fake online profiles of him on its social network Orkut.  —  The decision by the court …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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: Softpedia News
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Father Of PlayStation Makes New Company  —  Another new company.  Back in January 2007, PlayStation father Ken Kutaragi spearheaded Bandai Namco/Sony start-up Cellius.  Today, it was announced he's heading up another company.  —  Established at the end of October in Tokyo …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
MS home server users hit by Windows Live Custom Domains snafu  —  Down and out since Sunday  —  Many Windows Home Server customers have been unable to access Microsoft's Windows Live Custom Domains service since the weekend.  —  Some punters are complaining about the problem on the company's support forum.
 
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Vimeo's videos get iPhone, Android-friendly
Discussion: MobileCrunch and ithinkdifferent
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
XOHM Finally Becomes Clear …
Tim Stevens / Engadget Mobile:
ZyXEL's MWR222 Mobile Wireless Router will stop at nothing to get you connected
Discussion: Business Wire and Ubergizmo
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Tweetdeck back in the iPhone app store with new features, fewer bugs
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google Navigation hacked onto T-Mobile G1 (updated)
Discussion: IntoMobile, TmoNews and Lifehacker
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's AdMob Purchase Will Expand Sales of IPhone Ads, CEO Schmidt Says
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Lauds IPhone App That Spreads State Views
Discussion: Digits and LOOPRumors
 Earlier Items: 
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Good Bloggers Make Good Neighbors, New Survey Shows
Discussion: Pew Internet
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman Defends Skype Buy
Discussion: Dealscape
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ohai launches massively multiplayer online vampire game on Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch and 901am
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Android Market: Agree to new terms or we unpublish your app
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google hopes to remake programming with Go