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9:15 AM ET, November 17, 2009

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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.
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Orange strikes Twitter TV deal
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Verizon to AT&T: “Our ads are true and the truth hurts”  —  Verizon Wireless responded today to a lawsuit filed by AT&T earlier this month that accused Verizon's “There's a map for that” marketing campaign of misleading consumers about AT&T's 3G coverage in the United States.
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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:
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 …
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.
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.
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Boy Genius Report:
Apple's Black Friday deals leaked?  —  One of our connects just hit us up with some intriguing Apple information.  According to them, what you see detailed above is a shot of Apple's yearly Black Friday deals.  It's reported to be something Apple will email out shortly.
Scott Johnston / The Official Google Blog:
Templates now available in Google Sites  —  I'm pleased to announce we just added a stocked gallery of site templates in Google Sites.  Anyone can browse the public template gallery, and businesses using Google Apps each have a private area where employees can share site templates with coworkers.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Anil Sabharwal / Google Enterprise Blog:
A better web-powered workspace for today's workplace
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Online Maps: Everyman Offers New Directions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They don't know it, but people who use Google's online maps may be getting directions from Richard Hintz.  —  Mr. Hintz, a 62-year-old engineer who lives in Berkeley, Calif., has tweaked the locations of more than 200 business listings …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down for Good  —  In the fall of 2003, a group of friends from Sweden decided to launch a BitTorrent tracker named ‘The Pirate Bay’.  It soon became one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet, coordinating the downloads of more than 25 million peers at its height.
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Close To Acquiring iMeem  —  MySpace is in late stage negotiations to acquire music streaming service iMeem, we've confirmed from multiple sources.  MySpace is on a bit of an acquisition spree - they acquired iLike, another music service, three months ago.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's Sample Chrome Extensions Are Already Working  —  As we noted last night, Google looks to be on the verge of unleashing Chrome extension support in a major way.  Not only does the home tab page on the new builds of Chromium (and the dev builds of Chrome) feature not-yet-turned-on links …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Backs Out Of NewsHour Debate With Open Book Alliance, And I Don't Blame Them  —  There was lots of news late last week about a proposed modification to the Google Books settlement agreement.  Today there was going to be more news - a televised debate about Google Books on Jim Lehrer's NewsHour.
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 …
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 …
Steve Myers / poynter.org:
Jimmy Wales: AP's ‘Landing Pages’ a Good, if Late, Idea  —  Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is not really in the news business.  Yet, as the Associated Press noted in an internal document earlier this year, the two organizations do compete for readers when news breaks.  —  RELATED
Discussion: ContentBlogger
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Integration With PS3 Becomes Official  —  This evening, Sony officially announced support for Facebook on the Playstation 3.  While integration was first rumored last week, there is now an official video of the Facebook features which we've embedded below.
Ragavan Srinivasan / weave:
First Beta of Weave Sync add-on now available  —  We are excited to announce the first Beta release of the Weave Sync add-on.  You can download it here.  Once you have installed and connected, Weave Sync enables you to take your Firefox experience with you on your laptop, desktop and mobile devices.
Bloomberg:
Apple's IPhone to Be China's No. 1 Smart Phone, Unicom Says  —  Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) — China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. Chairman Chang Xiaobing said he expects Apple Inc.'s iPhone to become China's best-selling smart phone, countering skepticism by analysts who say the handset is too expensive.
Discussion: Softpedia News and GigaOM
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
How about that new Twoffice?  (Photo slideshow of Twitter's new headquarters)  —  Twitter just relocated across San Francisco's SoMa District to new digs at 795 Folsom St. from its old headquarters on Bryant St. Co-founder Ev Williams' wife Sara Morishige Williams helped put together the new decor …
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 …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Unveils Tool To Connect News Organizations With Citizen Journalists  —  Google is unveiling a tool Tuesday that enables traditional television and online news agencies to create a platform to manage a bureau of citizen journalists.  These mavericks capture life-changing events on camera and upload them to YouTube.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Dell Streak MID landing 2010 on AT&T claims paper  —  Having been spotted in prototype form last month, Dell's Streak MID has received another shot of intrigue with Chinese rumor-monger Commercial Times claiming knowledge of both a manufacturer and a US carrier partner.
Discussion: Unwired View, DigiTimes and Engadget
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM researchers speed up medical diagnostic testing via chip
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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AdAge:
Why News Corp. and Murdoch Won't Quit Google
Discussion: Media Decoder
Michael Holzer / Xobni Blog:
Xobni for Outlook releases free preview of Salesforce extension …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Twitter to overhaul user list seen as partisan
Business Wire:
Digimarc Sues Shazam for Patent Infringement
Discussion: mocoNews and Pulse2
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The death of the URL
Discussion: Anil Dash and The Equity Kicker
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NBC Launches All-In-One Video Player, VoIP And Texting Tool—And It's Ad-Supported
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Automatically Displays Couple Photos When Users Become Engaged
Discussion: The Next Web
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Nook e-reader on sale Nov. 30 in Barnes & Noble stores
Discussion: I4U News, mocoNews and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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