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8:10 AM ET, November 16, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
President Obama Admits That He's Never Used Twitter, But Thinks The Chinese Should Be Able To  —  President Barack Obama has one of the most popular Twitter accounts with over 2.6 million followers.  It should be no real surprise that most of the time it's not him tweeting from it …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Loss, Google's Gain.  Don Dodge Gets A New Job  —  It was just 11 days ago that Microsoft's “ambassador to startups” Don Dodge was laid off as part of a broader workforce reduction.  Last week he showed up in Silicon Valley to “see friends” as he put it.  But it was clear that he was also interviewing for jobs.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Zune to launch outside US  —  Microsoft is launching its Zune entertainment brand outside the US for the first time, attempting to reinvigorate the music-and-movies service after failing to achieve its initial goals for the iPod rival.  —  The first Zune music player was released in 2006 …
Discussion: Forever Geek
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Oh Joe You Didn't  —  Joe Wilcox published a piece Friday titled “Apple was NOT more profitable selling cell phones than Nokia in Q3” (caps emphasis his).  It's in reference to the widely-cited (and linked from DF here) report last week by Strategy Analytics which concluded that Apple generated …
Discussion: ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Google preparing to launch Chrome Extensions gallery?  —  A few months back, the new tab page in Chrome tipped us off to the impending launch of Google's theme gallery.  Tonight, there's a new change that could very well mean that Google is getting ready to open the doors to a similar gallery - for Chrome extensions.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Is Sezmi a Cable TV Killer?  —  I've written periodically of my flirtation with dumping cable for an Internet-only approach to my TV watching.  I haven't, however, pulled the trigger-mostly because cable still has a lot of live programming, such as news and sports, that I can't replicate over the Net alone.
Ross Miller / Engadget Mobile:
Facebook finally comes to webOS, not with a bang but a whimper  —  Just in time for the Pixi's grand debut, webOS devices (that's just Pixi and Pre) now have their first official Facebook app, joining the ranks of iPhone and Android... and we're sad to report that it's about as barebones as they can get.
Discussion: Pulse2, IntoMobile and Mashable!
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Brightcove Intros Entry-Level Pricing With Latest Platform Update  —  Brightcove is releasing the latest version of its software today with a slew of new features, such as support for live video streaming and mobile distribution, improved encoding and analytics.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Josh Cohen Of Google News On Paywalls, Partnerships & Working With Publishers  —  Want to do a paywall with no “first click free?”  That's fine with Google, says business product manager Josh Cohen.  Want to do micropayments?  Google will be “flexible” in considering support of new business models like this.
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Two rival supercomputers duke it out for top spot  —  A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked at the top in June, while China entered the Top 10 with a hybrid Intel-AMD system.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
AT&T Cloud Adds Compute As a Service  —  AT&T continues to build out its suite of cloud computing services to offer features similar to Amazon Web Services.  Today it is announcing Synaptic Compute As a Service, which offers processing power that can be used for “cloudbursting” of in-house apps or as a testing and development platform.
Discussion: Between the Lines and GigaOM
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS courting Toshiba in bid to become top-3 PC maker?  —  ASUS has already gone public with its plans to jump past Dell to become the number three PC vendor by 2011.  Naturally, with fierce competition from all sides, the Taiwanese PC maker isn't going to achieve this by simply slapping …
Discussion: DigiTimes, Softpedia News and SlashGear
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Shareholder Class Action Suit Seeks To Block 3Com-HP Merger  —  Networking and security services provider 3Com got hit by a shareholder class action suit seeking to block the $2.7 billion merger agreement with HP that was announced last week.  The core allegation: 3Com was sold off too early, for too little.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM Furthers Investment In Business Analytics With Smart Analytics Cloud  —  During IBM's Q3 earnings call a few weeks ago, IBM CFO Mark Loughridge highlighted business analytics as a sector where Big Blue is investing significant amounts of cash.  The company recently acquired data analytics company SPSS …
 
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BBC:
Egypt launches Arabic web domain
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition: $230 for DVB-H and 3G
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Intuit gets into the customer management business
Discussion: Between the Lines
Robert Lemos / Technology Review:
DNS Security Protocol Gains Momentum
Discussion: eWeek and ZDNet
Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Two Services I'd Like to See Integrated More Deeply with Facebook …
Thanks:atul
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Gates: Apple is ‘a force in doing good things’
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Growing Pains at Hulu
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Droid experiencing external speaker problems, could be a software issue?
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Arn / MacRumors:
Core i7-Based 27" iMac Benchmarks Show Significant Improvements
Discussion: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
The growing value of URLs you can easily spell out in dead bodies
Discussion: Advertising Lab