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9:20 AM ET, November 13, 2009

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Billy Biggs / YouTube Blog:
1080p HD Comes to YouTube  —  We're excited to say that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is on its way.  Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome OS To Launch Within A Week  —  Google's Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we've heard from a reliable source.  Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall.  —  What can we expect?
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS Browser to Mimic Windows Explorer?
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
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
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Obsessable
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook VP Leaves A Love Letter For Apple  —  “For every dev that leaves iPhone in frustration, 1000 new ones join up. iPhone is an unstoppable train regardless of how much we complain.”  - Joe Hewitt in a tweet yesterday.  —  How right he is.  —  Facebook's VP of Communications Elliot Schrage …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Facebook: Please Back Developers vs iPhone
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble At Twitter: U.S. Visitors Down 8 Percent In October  —  Ever since last summer, Twitter's growth in the U.S. has been stalling.  But in October, the number of people who visited Twitter.com from the U.S. actually declined for the first time by 8 percent month-over-month.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pingdom Says People Are Tweeting 27 Million Times A Day
Discussion: Pulse2
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Rupert Murdoch to remove News Corp's content from Google ‘in months’  —  Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corporation, is prepared to remove his company's content from Google' search index “within months” as the pay versus free content debate reaches crisis point.
Discussion: MediaMemo
CNET News:
Verizon tests sending RIAA copyright notices  —  Verizon Communications customers who pirate music files may soon receive an unwelcome letter from the company.  —  Verizon, the second-largest phone company in the United States, is expected to begin issuing “copyright notices” …
att.com:
AT&T Sets the Record Straight on Verizon Ads  —  To Our Customers: As the U.S. market leader in wireless data service, we typically don't respond to competitors' advertising.  However, some recent ads from Verizon are so blatantly false and misleading, that we want to set the record straight about AT&T's wireless data coverage.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
The Apple iPod touch you can't buy  —  Hands on with Apple's iPod retail card scanner in store  —  Apple has started rolling out its tricked out iPod touch to its stores, to allow its salespeople to swipe your credit card regardless of where you are in the store.?
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” …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Dell smart phone to debut in China, Brazil  —  SEATTLE -  —  Dell Inc. is officially jumping into the “smart” phone market this month in a deal with China's biggest wireless carrier, China Mobile Ltd.  —  The Dell Mini 3, a keyboardless touch-screen phone that runs Google Inc.'s Android operating system …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Start-up claims its DVDs last 1,000 years  —  The DiamonDisc uses standard DVD players and burn software  —  Computerworld - If you really, really need to make sure those precious photos of yours last virtually forever - or at least longer than the average two- to five-year lifespan of consumer-grade DVDs …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, A Beta Version Of Chrome For Mac Is Just Weeks Away  —  Yesterday, there were a number of stories suggesting that a beta version of Chrome for Mac was due in early December.  These stemmed from CNET's Stephen Shankland digging around a Chrome Extension Google Group page where Nick Baum …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft opens up Windows 7 to advertisers via downloadable themes  —  The same way that it already allows advertisers to buy placement on various Microsoft sites and properties, Microsoft may allow them to extend their brands onto Windows 7.  —  The ads aren't being foisted on Windows 7 users.
Discussion: PR Newswire and CNET News
Chris Ariens / WebNewser:
CNN.com Shutters Anchor-Driven Newscasts  —  First on WebNewser: CNN.com Live is shutting down its anchor-driven newscasts as of tomorrow.  —  WebNewser has learned Reggie Aqui, Nicole Lapin, Naamua Delaney and Melissa Long, the four primary anchors of CNN.com Live, are being let go as are several production staffers.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now?  —  Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones.  That is, if you get a BlackBerry, Android or similar phone from Verizon, and you decide to switch phones before your two-year contract is up, you'll be socked with a $350 penalty (it used to be $175).
Choire / The Awl:
What Were Black People Talking About on Twitter Last Night?  —  At the risk of getting randomly harshed on by the Internet, I cannot keep quiet about my obsession with Late Night Black People Twitter, an obsession I know some of you other white people share, because it is awesome.
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.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
A single smartphone can DoS federal wiretaps  —  The official protocol for providing US law enforcement with the ability to monitor and record calls in the digital era was a product of compromise and, according to new research, it shows: an enterprising hacker could have a wealth of tools to interfere with the monitoring.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast TV Everywhere launch details: December, free for existing subs, really goes anywhere  —  Comcast's Amy Banse just hit the stage at NewTeeVee Live and announced key details about the company's new On Demand Online launch.  If you can't check out the video (embedded after the break) …
Press Association:
Hacker shouldn't be extradited: MPs  —  An influential committee of MPs has thrown its weight behind the campaign to stop computer hacker Gary McKinnon being extradited to the United States.  —  The Home Affairs Committee also called for a “comprehensive review” of the controversial treaty under which he could be sent for trial.
Jane Wells / WordPress.com News:
A Blog Near You  —  During the Automattic company meetup, Team 21* holed up in a cottage outside Québec to create a new set of features coming soon to a blog near you (literally!).  Have you ever wondered where in the world a blog post was written?  Where a commenter was located?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The GeoAPI Launches For Places, Tweets, Flickr Photos, And More  —  Location, location, location.  With the growing ubiquity of GPS-equipped phones, there is a virtual land rush going on right now to put geolocation capabilities in every mobile app.  Today, Mixer Labs, the folks behind TownMe …
Jgb / alarm:clock:
TV Yidiots at Yidio Raise $500K  —  San Diego-based Yidio has raised around $500K in angel funding.  Yidio is a TV show aggregation site for watching TV shows and movies online.  Launched a little over a year, Yidio.com claims over 4M unique visits a month.  Yidio was founded by Adam Eatros.
Discussion: internetnews.com
 
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Wii Price Drop Puts Nintendo Back On Top In U.S.
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Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AP To Ask Google For A Better Search Ranking
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meebo socializes The Hollywood Reporter
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Can Salon's Revamp Help it Stop Bleeding Money?
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Eye-Fi Adds FTP Uploads
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
IAB, Bain Unveil ‘Roadmap’ …
Discussion: broadstuff
Nicholas Bonsack / Macworld:
Undercover 1.5 ousts iPhone thieves with push notifications
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
a Boxee Box is coming!