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5:55 PM ET, November 16, 2009

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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Apple tablet: One tech gadget for all  —  The rumored and much-hyped tablet computer from Apple could lay waste to the markets for countless other gadgets.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Apple's lips are sealed about its widely rumored tablet computer, but technology experts are giddy about the device …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Apple Tablet Speculation Continuing to Gain Attention
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
The War For the Web  —  On Friday, my latest tweet was automatically posted to my Facebook news feed, as always.  But this time, Tom Scoville noticed a difference: the link in the posting was no longer active.  —  It turns out that a lot of other people had noticed this too.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Thanks Microsoft, Hello Google  —  Thanks to all the fine people at Microsoft.  It was an interesting ride.  Four years, 11 months, and 20 days, and I enjoyed every one of them.  Well, except for the last few days, that was not fun at all.  I hope I played a small part in making Microsoft …
Eric Nelson / The Windows Blog:
Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1  —  After last week's news, I'm pleased to tell you that Windows Marketplace for Mobile has today reached another major milestone by adding support for Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 devices.  This is an especially proud day for Microsoft because it marks …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner Sets AOL Spin For December 9  —  Time Warner (TWX) has set the terms for its spin off of AOL, which will be made December 9 to holders of record November 27.  Holders will get one AOL share for every 11 shares of TWX they hold.  Fractional shares will not be issued …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   When AOL Spins Off On December 7, It Will Be Worth About $3.4 Billion
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
About Half in U.S. Would Pay for Online News, Study Finds  —  Americans, it turns out, are less willing than people in many other Western countries to pay for their online news, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group.  —  Among regular Internet users in the United States …
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Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent:
Report: 80% of consumers won't access premium news content
Jim Sterling / Destructoid:
Russia bans Modern Warfare 2, recalls all copies of game  —  As everybody knows by now, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 includes an incredibly controversial level set in a Russian airport that has generated much discussion.  The level has proven to be so inflammatory that the real-life Russia has acted …
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.
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 …
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Why the Times is Wrong to Be Bearish on Palm  —  The New York Times doubts Palm's comeback in light of recent Android buzz.  But Palm isn't competing with Android — at least not yet.  —  “Both phones got good reviews for being easy to use and great for Web browsing,” the Times says …
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Is Palm's Comeback Losing Steam?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Blogging Has Changed Over The Last 3 Years (Stats)  —  Reader engagement with blogs has changed dramatically over the last three years, primarily because of the rise of online social networks, according to new numbers released by analytics firm Postrank today.
Discussion: PostRank Blog and Lost Remote
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Office 2010 Beta Available for Download via MSDN and TechNet  —  The Beta bits of Office 2010 Beta along with Office Web Applications are now up on MSDN and TechNet Plus.  TechNet Plus and MSDN subscribers can now download and evaluate Office 2010 Beta before the official public availability on November 18th.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Many Droids Has Motorola Sold?  —  If you read the reviews, it becomes obvious that I am part of a small minority of folks who haven't been blown away by the new Droid, a Google Android OS-based smartphone made by Motorola that Verizon Wireless launched Nov. 5 in the U.S. All the accolades …
Awaneesh Verma / The Official Google Blog:
A new look for Google Translate  —  Today, we've launched three new features as well as a new look and feel for Google Translate — a service that helps people access information throughout the world by enabling them to automatically translate text and and web pages into their own language.
Peter Galli / Port 25:
Microsoft to Open Source the .NET Micro Framework  —  I have great news to announce.  Today, at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) here in Los Angeles, we announced not only the release of version 4. of the.NET Micro Framework, but also that we are open sourcing the product …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Lets Others Play With Its API  —  Up until now, Foursquare, the hot location-based service, has only let a handful of developers play around with its API.  Starting today, the company is formally unveiling it, hoping that a robust app community will form around their data.
Discussion: metarand and foursquare
NewsWire:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Spica (I5700), its newest Android-powered smartphone  —  Seoul (Korea Newswire) November 16, 2009 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today officially announced its newest Android-powered smartphone, the ‘Galaxy Spica’ (I5700).
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Oxford's word of the year?  ‘Unfriend’  —  Perhaps in a sign of how the plague of social media has numbed us all to the value of legitimate human connections, the New Oxford American Dictionary has picked the verb “unfriend,” or “to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Nook e-reader on sale Nov. 30 in Barnes & Noble stores  —  The Nook, a $259 e-reader from Barnes & Noble Inc., will hit the booksellers' stores on Nov. 30.  That's in time for holiday shoppers, but too late for this year's pre-holiday “Black Friday.”  —  The Nook, a $259 e-reader …
Bloomberg:
3Com Options Trades Before Hewlett Bid Said to Be Probed by SEC  —  Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) — Bullish bets on 3Com Corp. options four hours before Hewlett-Packard Co.'s bid for the maker of computer-networking equipment are being investigated by regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tinychat Launches Live Video Streaming Portal To Take On Ustream And Stickam  —  Startup Tinychat, which started out as a simple IRC-style chatroom app to complement conversations on platforms like Twitter, has been steadily building out its innovative platform to include video chat and screensharing options and Facebook Connect.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Download Squad
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
‘Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America’ Comes to App Store  —  Turn-by-turn GPS navigation applications for the iPhone have been a significant topic of interest since the release of iPhone OS 3.0 earlier this year enabled their deployment, and yet another of the major standalone GPS device companies has finally jumped on board.
Discussion: App Advice, Computerworld, TUAW and Gizmodo
Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
An update to Google Earth for the iPhone  —  Just over one year ago, we unveiled Google Earth for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Google Earth quickly became one of the most popular applications in the App Store, and after only six months, was the second most-downloaded free application overall.
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacRumors iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
 
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Tim Greene / Network World:
Skype for Business sounds the all-clear on legal pitfalls
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
UN slated for stifling net debate
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Richard Allan / Facebook Blog:
How to Bullyproof Yourself on Facebook
Discussion: Guardian
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
First Third-Party Facebook Ad Manager Launches Using Facebook Ads API
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Remix On Your iPhone Like It's Your Birthday With 50 Cent's Sound Lab App
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
eBay Motors founder starts new e-commerce site
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MasterCard to authenticate online transactions by phone
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Yahoo Launches Comedy Clip Show
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Sprint:
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Netbooks are dead. Long live the notebook.
Discussion: Between the Lines