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10:50 AM ET, November 18, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone Is Very Real.  And It's Coming Soon  —  The debate over Droid v. iPhone rages on, but lots more Android surprises are on the way.  Get ready for the Google Phone.  It's no longer a myth, it's real.  —  The next “super” Android device will almost certainly be a HTC phone that's …
Ben Smith / The Really Mobile Project:
Nokia dropping Symbian from N-Series by 2012  —  This evening, at the official N900 meet-up in London, the Maemo marketing team revealed that Nokia plan to drop Symbian from the entire ‘top end’ N-Series range of handsets in favour of Maemo by 2012.  —  The future for N-Series: Maemo
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
A tale of two Diggs  —  NEW YORK—You had two options if you wanted to hang out with Digg founder Kevin Rose at the Web 2.0 Expo conference this week: head over to the lobby bar of the trendy Standard Hotel on Monday night, where Digg was picking up the tab for several dozen of the city's blogger elite …
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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 …
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why imeem Really Sold Out  —  This morning news broke that MySpace, the second-largest social network that's currently reinventing itself as a music destination, was buying imeem, a free online music service that has been remixed (and remade) more times that '90s dance anthem “Keep on Moving.”
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Music: Too Expensive to Be Free, Too Free to Be Expensive
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Hulu Steps Into Music With EMI and Norah Jones  —  Hulu, the joint online venture between NBC, Fox and ABC that mostly offers free TV shows and movies, is about to start singing a different tune: music videos.  —  On Wednesday the company plans to announce a somewhat limited deal with EMI …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone you control my car - if it is a Mercedes-Benz  —  There's an App for that, at least if you drive a Mercedes-Benz (like a certain handicap-parking, barcode license plate having CEO we know), which has teamed up with Hughes Telematics to offer a new system that lets drivers of the luxury cars enable …
Discussion: App Advice
Nokia:
The Nokia N900 is now available to US consumers  —  A computer in your pocket - The Nokia N900 is here!  —  WhitePlains, N.Y., USA — Nokia today announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N900 is now on sale in the United States and shipping to consumers who jumped on the opportunity …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget Mobile
Warren Rumak / Ars Technica:
Inside “MinWin:” the Windows 7 kernel slims down  —  As Windows 2000 was being developed in the second half of the 1990s, Microsoft was firmly focused on building in as much functionality as possible, in a play to push Novell Netware aside and establish Windows NT as the operating system for the business world.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Facebook v Ceop  —  Facebook is under fire this morning, accused of neglecting its responsibility to help to keep young internet users safe.  —  The charge comes from Jim Gamble of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, who wants Facebook (and MySpace) to follow the lead of Bebo …
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
American Express Acquiring Steve Case's Revolution Money For $300 Million  —  Another big deal in the next-generation consumer financial products space.  —  American Express (AXP) has just announced the acquisition of Steve Case's startup Revolution Money for $300 million.
Discussion: Teds Take, paidContent and GigaOM
Dave Parrack / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Stephen Fry talks Twitter - “human shaped, not business shaped”  —  Twitter is a massively popular social networking and micro-blogging site that has gained an inordinate amount of headlines and copy over the past year or so.  But what is the nature of Twitter?
Discussion: Telegraph and broadstuff
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Releases October 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  In October 2009, Americans conducted 14.3 billion core searches …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Phishing scam hits Mac users - stay safe online  —  We received word this morning of what could be a brand new phishing attack that's in circulation at present - an email which purports to relate to a recent Apple retail transaction and asks for details of any recent orders.
Discussion: SC Magazine US and Technology Live
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Norwest Closes $1.2 Billion Venture Fund  —  Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), one of the most respected funds in Silicon Valley, says that it has closed NVP XI, a $1.2 Billion fund that would invest in diverse sectors and geographies.  NVP, which recently recorded a major hit with the $405 million sale …
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search:
Google Squeezes LexisNexis and Westlaw Hard  —  Google's Uncle Sam service is arguably a more effective way to find information from various US government entities.  I heard a couple of years ago that Google was indexing the content on various state servers.
danah boyd:
“Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media”  —  [This is a rough unedited crib of the actual talk]  —  Citation: boyd, danah.  2009. “Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media.”  Web2.0 Expo.  New York, NY: November 17.
Allegra Stratton / Guardian:
Ordnance Survey maps to go free online - at last  —  PM to open access to 2,000 data sets in victory for Guardian's Free Our Data campaign  —  The government is to explore ways of making all Ordnance Survey maps freely available online from April, in a victory for the Guardian's three-year Free Our Data campaign.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location Is The Missing Link Between Social Networks And The Real World  —  Imagine a world where you sit at your computer and you never go outside.  Where you never see another human being.  This is the world that sites like Google and Facebook want you to live in.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Placecast Raises $5 Million For Location-Based Advertising Platform  —  Location-based marketing platform Placecast has raised $5 million in funding from Quatrex Capital, Onset Ventures and Voyager Capital.  —  Placecast's platform uses proprietary algorithms that weave together location information …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Crowdsourced cartography in PublicEarth, OpenStreetMap  —  Wikipedia killed the encyclopedia business, in print and online, as it's hard to make a revenue model work that involves paying people to create content when there are hordes of enthusiastic experts around the world willing to do the job for free.
Manav Tanneeru / CNN:
Can you be liable for your tweets?  —  (CNN) — In a case that would have been impossible even five years ago, bad-girl rocker Courtney Love is being sued for libel by a fashion designer for allegedly slamming the woman on Twitter.  —  The suit claims that after a disagreement over what Love …
New York Times:
Library in a Pocket  —  With Amazon's Kindle, readers can squeeze hundreds of books into a device that is smaller than most hardcovers.  For some, that's not small enough.  —  Many people who want to read electronic books are discovering that they can do so on the smartphones that are already …
Discussion: Bits, TeleRead and Smart Mobs
 
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Antitrust battle will go on despite AMD-Intel settlement
Discussion: The Hill
Reuters:
RIM security chief sees smartphone attacks on horizon
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Microsoft feeds Excel to supercomputer
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Microsoft and SAP Again Team Up Against Oracle
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
PDC 2009: Windows Server's plan to move customers back off the cloud
Discussion: Softpedia News and MSDN
NPR Blogs: The Two-Way:
NSA Is Giving Microsoft Some Help On Windows 7 Security
Discussion: InformationWeek
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Money Did Joyent Really Raise?
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Armstrong Moore / Crave:
A stethoscope app? Be still my beating heart
Discussion: Medgadget and Gizmodo
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
eReader for Android Available
Discussion: IntoMobile and AppScout
Electronista:
ASUS best, HP worst for notebook reliability