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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 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
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 …
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 …
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Internet Service hit with data outages worldwide  —  We've been receiving multiple reports that BlackBerry Internet Service, or BIS, is down for many people — possibly worldwide.  Initially, we thought the outages were only affecting certain carriers, but users from multiple carriers …
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.
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Verizon responds to AT&T's Map For That lawsuit: ‘the truth hurts’  —  Sure, Verizon's doubled down on the 3G map ads in response to AT&T's false advertising lawsuit, but eventually the company's lawyers had to file a response and, well, ain't nobody backing down in this one.  Here's the freaking introduction:
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
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 - 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: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 Appetite
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.1 And AIR 2.0 - Both Include Multi-touch Support  —  A mere week after Adobe Systems reported that it would be shedding nearly 700 employees or 9% of its total worldwide workforce, the company is releasing two highly anticipated new products that have been in the works …
Discussion: VentureBeat, NewTeeVee and Ryan Stewart, Thanks:atul
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 and Pulse2
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
ComScore's October 2009 Search Data: Google and Microsoft Up, Yahoo Down  —  ComScore's October search market analysis is in and it's good news for two of the Big Three search engines.  Google and Microsoft both posted gains for the month, while Yahoo suffered a decline.
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 …
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
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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone Apps Have to Be Approved by Robots Now, Too  —  Sounds sinister, right?  That's probably because I replaced the word “computers” with “robots!”  For effect!  But no, still, this is at least insteresting: Developers are now reporting that apps are getting rejected, and not by humans.
Discussion: App Advice, The iPhone Blog and MacNN
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?
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Retail Roundup: Apple to Release ‘Concierge’ iPhone Application?  Nashua, NH Store Opening?  —  MacRumors has heard from several sources that Apple is preparing to launch a “Concierge” iPhone application targeted at customers of its retail stores.  The application will reportedly provide …
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.
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter to overhaul user list seen as partisan  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Social-networking site Twitter plans to end a service that links prominent message posters with new users, a service that was criticized in California because of perceived unfairness toward GOP gubernatorial candidates.
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Finally Enables People Search For Third-Party Apps  —  Perhaps the most annoying thing about Twitter as a platform is that it's nearly impossible to find people you may know through third party apps.  Essentially, you have to know their Twitter handle already to find them …
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Setback for malicious prosecution lawsuit against RIAA
Discussion: digg.com
Robert Evans / I4U News:
Chinon AVi Portable iPod Dock: Is The Boombox Back?
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Nook e-reader on sale Nov. 30 in Barnes & Noble stores
Discussion: mocoNews
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Why the Times is Wrong to Be Bearish on Palm
Tim Greene / Network World:
Skype for Business sounds the all-clear on legal pitfalls
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and FierceVoIP
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tinychat Launches Live Video Streaming Portal To Take On Ustream And Stickam
Richard Allan / Facebook Blog:
How to Bullyproof Yourself on Facebook
Discussion: Guardian and TECH.BLORGE.com
Computerworld:
MasterCard to authenticate online transactions by phone
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
About Half in U.S. Would Pay for Online News, Study Finds