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10:15 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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
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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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
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Internet Explorer 9 not coming at PDC  —  LOS ANGELES—Although Microsoft intends to talk a bit about its plans for the future of Internet Explorer this week, the company won't offer preview code of its next browser, CNET has learned.  —  The software maker is also not planning to announce …
Discussion: Asa Dotzler, ParisLemon and TechSpot
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft set to announce Internet Explorer 9 plans
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.
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, CNET News and Mashable!
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.
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.
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Digg CEO: Profitability Is Not A Problem Anymore  —  Digg.com launched as experiment in 2004 to let people post articles from various news sources, which are then either selected by other users for inclusion on the main page or passed over.  Now with about 40 million users …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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.
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).
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Countries prepping for cyberwar  —  Major countries and nation-states are engaged in a “Cyber Cold War,” amassing cyberweapons, conducting espionage, and testing networks in preparation for using the Internet to conduct war, according to a new report to be released on Tuesday by McAfee.
Discussion: eWeek and BBC
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel Capital invests $25M in 7 new startups  —  Intel said today that it has invested $25 million in seven new startups as part of its goal of increasing demand for its own products.  —  The investments were led by Intel Capital, which is the investment arm of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Online Subscription Billing Is A Pain.  Recurly Wants To Alleviate It.  —  Most startups have about a billion things to worry about.  For many of them, this includes execution of their business model.  With online ad networks depressed, increasingly, a number of those companies are starting to explore subscription-based models.
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Craig Settles / Daily Yonder:
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Bill Ray / The Register:
EU sweeps up dodgy ringtone companies
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
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DeWitt Clinton / Open Web Foundation:
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