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6:00 PM ET, November 12, 2009

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Chromium Blog:
A 2x Faster Web  —  Today we'd like to share with the web community information about SPDY, pronounced “SPeeDY”, an early-stage research project that is part of our effort to make the web faster.  SPDY is at its core an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
SPDY: Google Wants to Speed Up the Web With New Protocol  —  Google has just announced that it is working on a new protocol that will minimize latency and speed up the Web experience for users.  SPDY (pronounced “speedy") is not meant to replace HTTP, the protocol that allows Web servers …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
a Boxee Box is coming!  —  We launched our public alpha for Mac/Linux in January at CES.  During the show we met with several device manufactures interested in embedding Boxee into their existing devices or building a dedicated Boxee device.  —  I am very happy to announce we have signed our first partnership with a CE company.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Another Web Video Face-Off: Roku vs. Boxee
Discussion: last100 and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:taylorbuley
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Intel:
AMD and Intel Announce Settlement of All Antitrust and IP Disputes
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Dell's Zino HD is a Candy-Colored Mac Mini Killer  —  Dell's new Zino HD mini-computers look good enough to eat.  And, even more important if you are the sole geek of the the house, good enough to put in the living room.  —  The Zino HD wants to sit by your TV, and is a full-on entertainment PC.
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple patents improved digital ink recognition techniques for pen-aware tablet  —  The rumors about he upcoming Apple tablet have been flying around far and wide lately.  —  Well, actually, the rumors about the upcoming Apple tablet have been flying around for years now.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Would Someone Please Explain To News Corp How Google Works?  —  Yet another News Corporation executive is talking about Google, and yet again, I feel like they have no concept about how Google interacts with their web pages.  Which is frightening, since they're being very vocal about how they're supposedly wronged by Google.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp. COO: The Journal's Leaky Wall Strategy Makes No Sense
Discussion: Techdirt and paidContent
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pixi review  —  It's hard to believe that Palm is already pushing its second webOS device, the Pixi, out the door.  It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were eagerly awaiting the release of the Pre, a phone that was considered to be the last gasp for the badly ailing company …
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pixi Makes Early Appearance in Walmart Display
Casey Whitelaw / Google Wave Blog:
Follow your waves  —  We've received lots of feedback from Wavers that the public waves they read were clogging up their inboxes.  Today, we've introduced a new concept to Google Wave—"following" waves.  Now, clicking on a public wave no longer causes it to appear (and stay) in your inbox …
Matt Peckham / PC World:
Banned Xbox 360s Flooding Craigslist, Ebay  —  Beware of banned Xbox 360s loosed in ballooning numbers on auction sites and distribution lists featuring online classified ads.  In the wake of Microsoft's ban of between “a small percentage” or “around 600,000” or “up to one million players” …
Google Voice Blog:
Google welcomes Gizmo5  —  Today we're pleased to announce we've acquired Gizmo5, a company that provides Internet-based calling software for mobile phones and computers.  While we don't have any specific features to announce right now, Gizmo5's engineers will be joining the Google Voice team …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VoIP Watch
Nicholas Bonsack / Macworld:
Apple launches iTunes Preview  —  iTunes.  You know it.  I know it.  We all have some sort of a relationship with it, whether it's love for the things it does or hate for how bloated it has become.  —  So what happens when you send a link to a song or album from the iTunes Store to somebody who doesn't have or even want iTunes?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Upper West Side Store Unveiled [Updated]  —  ifoAppleStore notes that Apple has taken the wraps off the company's new Upper West Side retail store in New York City in advance of the public opening scheduled for Saturday morning. … Numerous workers were busy Wednesday night cleaning …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple's Global Retail Invasion
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacRumors
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
How we really designed the look and feel of Windows 7  —  An inaccurate quote has been floating around the Internet today about the design origins of Windows 7 and whether its look and feel was “borrowed” from Mac OS X. Unfortunately this came from a Microsoft employee who was not involved in any aspect of designing Windows 7.
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft damage control after marketer claims Win7 inspired by Mac
Discussion: PC World
Dr. Wreck / phoneWreck:
Motorola Droid Teardown Images!  —  Ladies and Gentlemen, the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived.  Dr.Wreck has fully dissasembled his Brand New Motorola Droid from Verizon.  —  Stay tuned to his Twitter, and RSS feed for all the details as they come out!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS Browser to Mimic Windows Explorer?  —  When Google announced its plans for a new cloud-based operating system built around the Web browser, there was some concern about the OS' capabilities.  Although a lot of our computing can now be done in the Web browser these days thanks …
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
Qualcomm CEO: AT&T To Launch First Smartbook  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- AT&T Inc. (T) will sell the first smartbook using Qualcomm Inc.'s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip, according to Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs.  —  Jacobs, speaking at the company's investor day conference, unveiled the product …
Kevin Ohannessian / Fast Company:
Facebook and Twitter Come to Xbox Live This Tuesday  —  The next update to the Xbox Live network will be coming Tuesday, November 17 according to Live's General Manager, Marc Whitten (left).  The new features are contributing to “turning Xbox and Live into this rich media portal …
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
Modern Warfare 2 sells 5 million in a day  —  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has already sold an estimated 4.7 million units, claims publisher Activision, possibly making it the biggest launch in gaming history.  —  We all knew that Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was going to be big, but just how big?
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon's $1.99 Phantom Fee Returns - This time covered by David Pogue at the NY Times  —  You might remember how during the summer, Teresa Dixon Murray at the Cleveland Plain Dealer did a great job highlighting a phantom $1.99 fee Verizon was hitting consumers with — even if they didn't use any data.
Discussion: New York Times
Dan Stokeley / The Official Google Blog:
Google's movie showtimes, digitally remastered  —  Did you know you can immediately discover movie times and locations by typing a simple search on Google?  For example, search for [where the wild things are] and you'll see times and places to watch the film, or try [glendale 18 los angeles] to see movies playing at your local theater.
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
Ultimate mobile deathmatch: iPhone vs. BlackBerry vs. Droid vs. Pre  —  Despite the Droid, the iPhone and BlackBerry remain on top; use our ratings calculator to determine the best smartphone for you  —  The Android 2.0-based Motorola Droid does — but not as much as Motorola and Verizon Wireless would like you to believe.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wistron: Readius-like ereader with pull-out flexible display launching in 2010  —  We've had a soft spot for Polymer Vision in the fetid hollows of that place you call a heart ever since we pressed flesh to its Readius back in February 2008.  Unfortunately, we had to let go of any hope …
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent:
Livestream premieres free iPhone video service  —  Live Internet video platform Livestream announced the launch of Livestream Podcaster, a free service optimized for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch enabling users to stream content live from their webcam, video camera or desktop via 3G or WiFi.
 
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Flickr Partners With Snapfish To Offer Better Printing Options
Discussion: Flickr Blog
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Playdom Buys Green Patch and Trippert Labs — On the Way to IPO?
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast TV Everywhere launch details: December, free for existing subs …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Matt Bowman / VatorNews:
Highland Capital closes $400M Fund
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
My scareware night and how McAfee lost a customer
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Chumby Ships New Internet Clock Radio
John Leyden / The Register:
Britney's Twitter feed hacked again
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
How iPhone Apps Are Raking In Cash From Virtual Goods
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Sector Employment Still in Slump
Discussion: Daily Bits