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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
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  In 1983, Allen successfully battled Hodgkin's disease, which is also a type of lymphoma.  Allen's sister, Jody Allen, today sent an email to employees of Allen's investment arm …
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  But this time, Tom Scoville noticed a difference: the link in the posting was no longer active.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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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 …
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.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The death of the URL  —  Prelude … In the Matrix, Morpheus presents Neo with a choice: he can take the blue pill and continue his somnambulatory existence within the Matrix, or he can take the red pill and become free from the virtual reality that the machines created to enslave humanity.
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 9, It Will Be Worth About $3.4 Billion
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Automatically Displays Couple Photos When Users Become Engaged  —  Over the past few weeks I've noticed an interesting phenomenon as some of my Facebook friends become engaged: a photo of the couple is displayed along with the story about the couple's new “engaged” relationship status.
Discussion: The Next Web
Kevinthau / Twitter Blog:
Another First in the UK  —  The UK has had an outsized cultural impact on the world.  From music to sports to literature... and now to the exciting announcement today - MMS with Twitter.  —  Today, not only has Orange UK turned on Twitter SMS, but it has added a first-of-its-kind special enhancement.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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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Business Wire:
Digimarc Sues Shazam for Patent Infringement  —  Alleges That World's Leading Mobile Music Discovery Application Infringes Several Digimarc Patents  —  BEAVERTON, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ:DMRC) today announced it has filed a complaint for patent infringement …
Discussion: mocoNews
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
VCs Say The Biggest Opportunities In Mobile Are Not Sexy Apps  —  It's been a year since Sequoia Capital distributed a memo that later became to be known as “panic notes,” which warned their portfolio companies of a deep impending economic downturn.  —  So, what's the environment like now?
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
RockYou Raises A Whopper - $50 Million In Venture Capital  —  Social Network application developer and advertising platform RockYou has raised a whopping $50 million in a Series D round of financing from existing investor Softbank, we've confirmed with the company.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBC Launches All-In-One Video Player, VoIP And Texting Tool—And It's Ad-Supported  —  NBC Universal's latest attempt to refine its social media strategy includes an everything-but-the-kitchen sink app called the NBC Communicator (pictured, left).  The tool is designed to attract users …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: mocoNews
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 …
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Right Media Founder to Leave Yahoo  —  Michael Walrath, who sold the online-advertising exchange Right Media to Yahoo for $680 million in 2007, is the latest high-profile executive to depart the Internet company. … Mr. Walrath, whose most recent title at Yahoo was senior vice president …
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.
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Setback for malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA
Robert Evans / I4U News:
Chinon AVi Portable iPod Dock: Is The Boombox Back?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Retail Roundup: Apple to Release ‘Concierge’ …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
MVNO Simple Mobile Launches; No Contract Unlimited Plans Starting at $40
Tim Greene / Network World:
Skype for Business sounds the all-clear on legal pitfalls
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and FierceVoIP
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tinychat Launches Live Video Streaming Portal To Take On Ustream And Stickam
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Richard Allan / Facebook Blog:
How to Bullyproof Yourself on Facebook
Discussion: Guardian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Strikes Back At iLike: No-Spam Policy Cancels Concert Alerts
Discussion: WebNewser
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Netbooks are dead. Long live the notebook.
Discussion: Between the Lines
NewsWire:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Spica (I5700), its newest Android-powered smartphone