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7:20 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
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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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.
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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Ray Ozzie: Apps don't make your phone special
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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
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.
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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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Internet Explorer 9 not coming at PDC
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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).
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.
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
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.
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?
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: paidContent and Superfeedr Blog
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 …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
eReader for Android Available  —  I just received the weekly newsletter from eReader and they snuck in a biggie:  —  Sure enough, just go to www.ereader.com/android from your phone and download the app.  The Android version supports working with the eReader online store and the user online bookshelf.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
AdMob brings interactive video ads to iPhone  —  While it's waiting to be gobbled up by Google, AdMob isn't sitting still.  —  The mobile ad company announced Tuesday that it will deliver interactive video ads to the iPhone and iPod Touch devices.  The ads, set to run this week …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Launches Native Twitter Client For Windows  —  Today brings good news for PC users everywhere.  Seesmic is launching a native desktop client for Windows.  Seesmic's founder and CEO Loic Le Meur made the announcement today at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch and SlashGear
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.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Online Subscription Billing Is A Pain. Recurly Wants To Alleviate It.
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David Needle / internetnews.com:
IBM Offers Lotus Symphony to Go
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Report: Twitter still ‘missed opportunity’ for Fortune 100s
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Google Fights to Protect Itself Against Ad Scammers
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Confirmed: EA Closes Pandemic Studios, Says Brand Will Live On
Discussion: Pulse2 and VG247
DeWitt Clinton / Open Web Foundation:
Introducing the Open Web Foundation Agreement
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Palm gives up.  Latest WebOS update for the Palm Pre lacks iTunes support
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Verizon to AT&T: “Our ads are true and the truth hurts”