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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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel to pay AMD $1.25 billion as companies end litigation war; Is it a new chip era?  —  Intel and AMD on Thursday said they will settle all legal disputes, including antitrust litigation, for $1.25 billion.  AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said the settlement ushers in a “new era” in the chip industry.
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Intel:
AMD and Intel Announce Settlement of All Antitrust and IP Disputes
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.
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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.
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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?
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Blog Herald and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
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?
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Playdom Buys Green Patch and Trippert Labs — On the Way to IPO?  —  Playdom, the largest social game developer on MySpace and one of the larger ones on Facebook, has confirmed a couple purchases we've been hearing rumors about recently.  It has bought Facebook game developer Green Patch …
AppleInsider:
Conflicting reports within Qualcomm suggest Verizon-only iPhone  —  Additional evidence pointing to the introduction of a Verizon Wireless iPhone has surfaced, although reports differ in how Apple is expected to bring its smartphone to the CDMA carrier.  —  This morning, CDMA inventor …
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) …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Maximum PC
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.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft damage control after marketer claims Win7 inspired by Mac  —  It's not like this sort of thing has never happened to someone at Microsoft before: a moment of clarity and candidness which may actually be close to, if not exactly, the truth, but which is nevertheless “off message.”
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 …
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.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Google and Yahoo Claim FDA Warning Resulted In Fuzzier Pharma Ads  —  Executives from Google and Yahoo told the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday that its crackdown on sponsored links has, in some ways, resulted in search ads that are worse for both consumers and marketers.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Judy Dugan / Consumer Watchdog:
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Senators To Skip Fundraiser Set For Google Headquarters  —  CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext. 317; or cell: 310-292-1902  —  Public Policy Should Be Decided In Hearing Room With Sunlight And Transparency, Group Says  —  SANTA MONICA, CA …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Expert says Adobe Flash policy is risky  —  A lax security policy in Adobe Flash puts visitors to user-generated content sites at risk, says a researcher who has found a technique exploiting the way browsers handle Flash files.  —  The problem stems from the origin policy of Adobe Flash …
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?
Nicholas Bonsack / Macworld:
Undercover 1.5 ousts iPhone thieves with push notifications  —  It's 2 AM.  Do you know where your iPhone is?  —  Well, maybe you do, thanks to MobileMe's “Find my iPhone,” but what if you're not a MobileMe subscriber?  What if you want an app devoted to recovering a stolen iPhone or iPod Touch …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Vijaysree Venkatraman / New Scientist:
Contact lenses to get built-in virtual graphics  —  A contact lens that harvests radio waves to power an LED is paving the way for a new kind of display.  The lens is a prototype of a device that could display information beamed from a mobile device.  —  Realising that display size …
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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Verizon tests sending RIAA copyright notices
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Eye-Fi Adds FTP Uploads
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
The Confetti Machine Returns to Nasdaq
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
IAB, Bain Unveil ‘Roadmap’ …
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent:
Livestream premieres free iPhone video service
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon's $1.99 Phantom Fee Returns …
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