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4:40 AM ET, November 17, 2009

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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.
Anil Sabharwal / Google Enterprise Blog:
A better web-powered workspace for today's workplace  —  Nearly two years ago, we launched Google Sites to make it easier, faster and more affordable for employees to create and collaborate in rich, dynamic sites, even without any technical background.  We're seeing companies large …
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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Business Week
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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: Anil Dash and broadstuff
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.
Michael Holzer / Xobni Blog:
Xobni for Outlook releases free preview of Salesforce extension, now available to everyone!  —  It's no accident that we hand-crafted our own Xobni Extension for Salesforce.  We've been listening to our users asking us to help them squeeze every ounce of productivity out of Outlook.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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.
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 …
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?
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
MVNO Simple Mobile Launches; No Contract Unlimited Plans Starting at $40  —  A new mobile virtual network operator named Simple Mobile has launched today, making some tall claims about how they're going to change the U.S. wireless market.  Here's the pitch; you can judge for yourself:
 
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Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Finally Enables People Search For Third-Party Apps
Discussion: Mashable!
Business Wire:
Digimarc Sues Shazam for Patent Infringement
Discussion: mocoNews and Pulse2
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
Discussion: Gear Diary and Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
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
Richard Allan / Facebook Blog:
How to Bullyproof Yourself on Facebook
Discussion: Guardian and TECH.BLORGE.com
Jim Sterling / Destructoid:
Russia bans Modern Warfare 2, recalls all copies of game