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8:30 PM ET, November 17, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Explore images with Google Image Swirl, now in Labs  —  Back in 2001, to give people a new, quicker way to find images, we launched Image Search.  When you do a search for [eiffel tower] you'll find an array of images of the tower in the daytime, in black and white, at sunset and more.
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.
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Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Pirate Bay's Tracker Shutdown Won't Snuff Torrents
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Lifehacker
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ray Ozzie is wrong about smartphone apps  —  Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie, at a lunchtime session with bloggers at its PDC conference told the bloggers that apps won't be a differentiating factor on smart phones.  —  He is wrong.  Totally wrong.  —  Why is Mike Arrington so passionate about his Droid …
Thanks:atul
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ray Ozzie: Apps don't make your phone special  —  Microsoft's chief software architect Ray Ozzie weighed in at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference today on the battle between different smartphone platforms (including Windows Mobile).  It's not the applications available …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Gizmodo, Thanks:ilamont
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Windows Azure opens for business on Jan. 1, 2010  —  This morning, Microsoft kicked off its 2009 Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles.  Typically, Microsoft times PDC around new operating systems that are testing and launching in the near future.  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 launched less than a month ago.
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BBC:
T-Mobile staff sold personal data  —  Staff at mobile phone company T-Mobile passed on millions of records from thousands of customers to third party brokers, the firm has confirmed.  —  Details emerged after the firm alerted the information commissioner, who said his office was preparing a prosecution.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
How Microsoft Blew It With Windows Mobile  —  Microsoft Windows continues to dominate the PC market with a 90 percent market-share stronghold, but when it comes to smartphones, Microsoft is getting beat up worse than a mustachioed villain in a Jackie Chan movie.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to announce Internet Explorer 9 plans  —  Today at a packed out keynote for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Microsoft's Ray Ozie hinted at the next generation of Internet Explorer.  According to sources close to Neowin, Microsoft VP Steven Sinofsky is set …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Go Is A No Go  —  Before there was an iPhone, Android and App Store, there was Yahoo! Go.  Launched in 2006, Yahoo! Go was an application offered news, mail, weather, traffic, and Yahoo! search from a mobile device.  Today, Yahoo is announcing that Yahoo! Go will be shutdown on January 12, 2010.
Anurag Acharya / The Official Google Blog:
Finding the laws that govern us  —  As many of us recall from our civics lessons in school, the United States is a common law country.  That means when judges issue opinions in legal cases, they often establish precedents that will guide the rulings of other judges in similar cases and jurisdictions.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Holding Chrome OS Event Thursday.  Complete Overview And Launch Plans To Be Revealed.  —  Google is planning to hold a special Chrome OS event at its headquarters in Mountain View, CA this Thursday morning, we've just been notified.  The plan is to give some technical background information …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
The great Belgian iPhone robbery  —  Burglars in Antwerp make off with $3 million worth of smartphones  —  Over the weekend, someone used a fire ladder to climb to the roof of a huge warehouse in Willebroek, a Dutch-speaking municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp, cut a hole in the roof …
Electronista:
ASUS best, HP worst for notebook reliability  —  A new study published by SquareTrade revealed that the smaller name brand notebook manufacturers are usually more reliable than their larger rivals.  Of the top nine, ASUS has the lowest tracked breakdown rate with fewer than 10 percent of its notebooks failing in the past two years.
Matt Peckham / PC World:
360 Facebook and Twitter Today, PS3 Integration Incoming  —  Fire up your Xbox 360 later today and you'll discover your social network just broadened by a factor of two.  Microsoft teased Xbox 360 Facebook and Twitter integration at E3 this summer and rolled it out to beta testers several weeks ago …
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Luke Anderson / GameSpot:   Last.fm and Microsoft discuss Xbox Live partnership
AT&T:
AT&T Invests Nearly $65 Million Through 2009 to Strengthen 3G Wireless Coverage in SF Bay Area  —  Deployment of 850 Mhz Spectrum for 3G in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Improves In-Building Wireless Coverage, Adds Capacity to Support Surging Demand for Mobile Broadband
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga raises more venture capital for social gaming expansion  —  Zynga has become the hottest social gaming company with more than 196 million users on Facebook alone.  Today, the San Francisco company has raised $15.18 million in an extension to its second round of funding, according to a regulatory filing.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Over A Year After Android Launch, ShopSavvy Finally Comes To The iPhone  —  ShopSavvy was one of the best early Android applications.  It launched in October of last year after winning one of the initial Android Developer Challenge top prizes (when it was still known as GoCart).
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Online Petition Demands Apple Approve iPhone Apps  —  Three iPhone application developers are cited in an online petition which asks Apple to approve their apps, all of which have been sitting in limbo for months on end.  The developers are awaiting word about their new DJ applications …
The Official Google Blog:
New site hierarchies display in search results  —  Google usually shows a green web address, or URL, at the bottom of each search result to let you know where you're headed.  Today we're rolling out an improvement that replaces the URL in some search results with a hierarchy showing the precise location of the page on the website.
Michael Richter / Facebook Blog:
New Privacy Policy Adopted  —  On Nov. 5, we wrapped up a week-long notice and comment period for a proposed revision to our privacy policy.  This was a continuation of our ongoing effort to run Facebook in an open and transparent way.  The goals of the revised policy were to make it more accessible and easier to understand.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
TypePad Takes on Tumblr With Free Microblogging Feature  —  Six Apart's TypePad blogging service has long been aimed at bloggers who were serious enough about what they were doing to fork over money for a blogging platform.  But today Six Apart is announcing TypePad Micro …
Discussion: Everything TypePad
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android's Rapid Growth Has Some Developers Worried  —  A year after its release, Google's open source Android operating system has become a sensation.  After a slow start, it is now available on at least 12 phones, with more devices waiting in the wings.  —  Good news for Android fans, right?
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Report: Twitter still ‘missed opportunity’ for Fortune 100s  —  A new report from global public relations firm Weber Shandwick has found that when it comes to Fortune 100 companies, they just don't get Twitter...not yet anyway.  —  According to the study (PDF), which looked …
Discussion: WebProNews
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft Store employees perform dance of the cringe (video)  —  Why is it that whenever Microsoft tries to have a little “fun” it comes across as creepy or overly controlled?  This time it's Microsoft's Mission Viejo Store employees engaged in a fit of awkward boogie that some would call the Electric Slide.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Post Transaction Marketing Wall Of Shame: Hundreds Of Well Known Ecommerce Sites Rip Off Customers  —  Later today Senator Rockefeller is holding a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation full committee hearing on Aggressive Sales Tactics on the Internet and their Impact on American Consumers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Betaworks, Cuban Invest in Real-Time Transformer Superfeedr  —  Superfeedr, a service that transforms a wide variety of feeds into normalized XMPP or Pubsubhubbub format, announced a seed round of funding from some very high-profile backers this morning.  Betaworks, backers of Twitter …
Discussion: Superfeedr Blog and paidContent
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
EU sweeps up dodgy ringtone companies
Discussion: BBC
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Brazilian Hacking Attempts Fail To Break Brazilian E-Voting …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Online Subscription Billing Is A Pain. Recurly Wants To Alleviate It.
Thanks:recurly
David Needle / internetnews.com:
IBM Offers Lotus Symphony to Go
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
eReader for Android Available
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital invests $25M in 7 new startups
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Fights to Protect Itself Against Ad Scammers
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Palm gives up.  Latest WebOS update for the Palm Pre lacks iTunes support
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com