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3:55 AM ET, November 13, 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 …
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.
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 …
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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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  —  In July of last year, I wrote about The New Apple Walled Garden.  The post was about the irony of developers and advocates who were otherwise open standards and open source champions being absolutely pro-iPhone, a platform that is closed and proprietary in every sense.
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” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pingdom Says People Are Tweeting 27 Million Times A Day  —  Twitter may be having trouble finding new users in the U.S., but its existing users in the U.S. seem to be putting out a majority of the Tweets, which are now averaging 27.3 million a day.  According to data provided to us by Pingdom …
Discussion: Pulse2
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Trouble At Twitter: U.S. Visitors Down 8 Percent In October
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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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Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
Intel Gets a New GC; We Make Sense of the AMD Settlement
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.
Discussion: NBC Connecticut and digg.com
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.
Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AP To Ask Google For A Better Search Ranking  —  The Associated Press is squaring off with Google tomorrow to offer a proposal on a messy issue: compensation for content.  —  AP boss Tom Curley says the AP will ask Google to create a news registry.  It hopes such a registry would propel …
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.
Discussion: paidContent, NewTeeVee and TVNewser
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” …
Discussion: digg.com
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Class Action Suit in the Works for Victims of Social Gaming Scams  —  Facebook and MySpace might finally pay the price for the big social gaming scandal: At least one law firm is investigating whether to launch a class action suit on behalf of duped users.  —  Sacramento-based Kershaw …
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.
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?
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
For Charity: Foursquare Looking For Leaderboard Sponsors  —  By now, if you've heard about the location-based service Foursquare, you know that a key component of it is the gaming element.  One level of this game is that users compete to get mayorships of venues within cities.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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: The Blog Herald, VentureBeat and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Can Salon's Revamp Help it Stop Bleeding Money?  —  Salon.com was a pioneering website launched in 1995 by former editors of the San Francisco Examiner, mixing opinion and investigative reporting with a sharply progressive slant.  Although the company went public at the height of the dot-com boom in 1999 …
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
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
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 …
 
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Wii Price Drop Puts Nintendo Back On Top In U.S.
Discussion: CNET News
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Meebo socializes The Hollywood Reporter
Discussion: paidContent
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The GeoAPI Launches For Places, Tweets, Flickr Photos, And More
Judy Dugan / Consumer Watchdog:
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Senators To Skip Fundraiser Set For Google Headquarters
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Eye-Fi Adds FTP Uploads
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Vijaysree Venkatraman / New Scientist:
Contact lenses to get built-in virtual graphics
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Nicholas Bonsack / Macworld:
Undercover 1.5 ousts iPhone thieves with push notifications
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Nicholas Bonsack / Macworld:
Apple launches iTunes Preview
Discussion: Pulse2
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
My scareware night and how McAfee lost a customer
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome OS Browser to Mimic Windows Explorer?
Discussion: CNET News