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10:35 AM ET, November 13, 2009

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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?
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.
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.
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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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
App Store dejection process - now Rogue Amoeba leaves the flock
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Facebook: Please Back Developers vs iPhone
Discussion: WebNewser, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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” …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Office 2010 beta leaks early  —  Those who can't wait until next week for the beta of Office 2010 can apparently find the code already on torrent Web sites.  —  According to Neowin, the beta code has popped up on peer-to-peer sites in recent days.  —  Meanwhile, another enthusiast site …
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.
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.
CNET News:
A CNET Conversation with Eric Schmidt  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—It has been quite a year for Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and upon the close of his interview this week with CNET, he ruefully shook his head in acknowledgment that the world is not likely to slow down for the perhaps the most influential company on the Internet.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Softpedia News
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
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.?
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Google Voice Violates Google's Own Privacy Policy  —  I've had a nagging frustration in my otherwise perfect relationship with Google Voice.  The service systematically replaces my friend's phone numbers with their Google Voice numbers when they call, even when they aren't calling from Google Voice.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Bing UK sheds beta tag, Bing Maps UK released  —  Bing UK is no longer in beta, it just shed its beta tag.  So now when you search for football you won't get NFL schedules but Football results (Americans call what we call football soccer), providing you do use the UK Bing page of course.
BBC:
BBC iPlayer launches Wii channel  —  The BBC iPlayer is relaunching on the Nintendo Wii in the form of a dedicated Wii channel on 18 November.  —  Only consoles with a broadband connection in the UK will be able to run the channel.  —  To get the service, Wii owners will be able to download …
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).
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.
 
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Windows Marketplace's newest anti-piracy measures already thwarted
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and Download Squad
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Wii Price Drop Puts Nintendo Back On Top In U.S.
Discussion: CNET News
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TV Yidiots at Yidio Raise $500K
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Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AP To Ask Google For A Better Search Ranking
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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!