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8:25 AM ET, November 19, 2009

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Max Wang / DigiTimes:
Apple tablet PC reportedly delayed until 2H10, with OLED model now included  —  Apple reportedly plans to postpone the launch of its tablet PC from an original March launch schedule to the second half of 2010, as the vendor has decided to switch some components and plans to launch a model using …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
AT&T loses first legal battle against Verizon ads  —  AT&T has lost the first battle in a legal war against Verizon Wireless to force the company to stop showing advertisements that compare its 3G wireless network coverage with Verizon's coverage.  —  A federal judge in Atlanta Wednesday declined …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
AT&T ‘hits’ back at Verizon's Map for That campaign with an ‘ad’ of its own  —  Boy, AT&T sure isn't taking Verizon's Map for That campaign too well.  After losing a request for an injunction (for now), the company seems to have decided that the only thing to do in the short term is to start advertising right back at Verizon.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The OS Opportunity  —  A few weeks ago, in a piece here titled “Herd Mentality”, I argued that PC makers who want to succeed should create their own OSes: … Hardware and software both matter, and Apple's history shows that there's a good argument to be made for developing integrated hardware and software.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Technovia, Thanks:atul
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
An Early Look At IE9 for Developers  —  We're just about a month after the Windows 7 launch, and wanted to show an early look at some of the work underway on Internet Explorer 9.  —  At the PDC today, in addition to demonstrating some of the progress on performance and interoperable standards …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
IE9 will close performance gap, Microsoft says
Discussion: BetaNews, The Open Road and TG Daily
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Also Likely to Eye Sale of MapQuest-Is Microsoft a Possible Buyer?  —  Yesterday, BoomTown wrote about AOL's efforts-including hiring investment bankers-to sell its ICQ instant-messaging unit.  —  But that's probably not going to be the end of the shedding of assets at the online site.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Hires Bankers to Sell Off ICQ, as Internet Service …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Livescribe pen gets an app store  —  It took a little bit longer than the company had hoped, but the Livescribe digital pen now has its own app store.  —  The store, which requires pen owners to upgrade their desktop software to the new version 2., offers a mixed bag of new applications …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
Next-gen Flip camcorder to boast Wi-Fi  —  EXCLUSIVE: Cisco buy-out sees networking functionality added to popular range  —  Cisco will launch a new Wi-Fi-enabled Flip digital camcorder to go on sale in the early half of 2010, Pocket-lint has learnt.  —  The new model will be the first …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Google Phone May Be Data Only, VoIP Driven Device  —  Yesterday we wrote about the soon to launch Google Phone, a Google branded Android phone that we believe will hit the market in early 2010.  —  Lots of people are saying there's no way Google will enter the phone market directly …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire iMeem  —  On Monday we broke the news that MySpace was in late stage negotiations to acquire music service iMeem.  Those negotiations are now concluded, we've heard from multiple sources, and an agreement has been signed.  MySpace will acquire most of the assets …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Done Deal: MySpace Buys Imeem for Up to $10 Million
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TweetPhoto CEO Says Too Much In Interview, Gets Fired.  And That's Just The Beginning...  This story just screams amateur hour, although I can't figure out exactly who's the amateur.  Maybe everyone.  A CEO says too much in an interview and gets fired.  Lawyers go after the blogger to get content removed.
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
Dash to D.C.!  Tech Guru Will Head Gov't Incubator, Digitize Democracy  —  Last February, Anil Dash; the co-founder and “chief evangelist” for Six Apart, the company that creates the most popular blogging software in the world; was visiting his family in India for the first time in 25 years, explaining what he does for a living.
Discussion: Epicenter, ReadWriteWeb, The Social and Dollarshort, Thanks:atul
Smw / Cerulean Studios' Blog:
Trillian for iPhone: Now available on the App Store!  —  NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE: We are proud to announce Trillian for iPhone, a native application for your iPhone and iPod Touch!  With the advancements of iPhone OS 3. and our latest Astra technology, we are happy to be able to give …
Discussion: TUAW and Ubergizmo
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launches Pivot, A Radically New Visualization of Online Objects  —  It always gives us joy to tell our readers that Microsoft is actually doing cool things.  The company's Live Labs has been the source of a few interesting projects: a 3D photo-stitcher called PhotoSynth …
Discussion: Many Niches, LiveSide and Geek In Disguise, Thanks:enauzer
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: Facebook Now the No. 3 Video Site  —  Looks like the sleeping online video giant that is Facebook may finally have awoken.  According to Nielsen's latest VideoCensus numbers, Facebook jumped to No. 3 behind established video powerhouses YouTube and Hulu in terms of total streams.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast's Offering for Apple's Mystery Tablet: Wired Magazine  —  Here's yet another content creator convinced that Apple has a tablet device in the works: Condé Nast says it will have a digital version of Wired magazine ready for the rumored gadget by the middle of next year …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Spotify US launch delayed by record labels' concerns  —  Spotify's hopes of launching its online music service in the US are being held up by record labels' concerns about its ability to convert users of its free service to paying subscribers, according to music industry sources.
Discussion: paidContent
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: Don't call Chatter a social network  —  Salesforce.com announced a new product today called Chatter, which it describes as Facebook and Twitter for enterprises.  But during a press and analyst session at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Upgrades Their Photo Uploader Tool  —  This evening Chris Putnam of Facebook announced that the company is launching an upgraded version of their photo uploader, immediately available for testing as on of Facebook's Prototype applications.  Over time Facebook has had issues …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
O2 announces multi million pound 3G overhaul  —  O2 has announced plans to invest “hundreds of millions of pounds” in a bid to upgrade its 3G network to cope with the growing use of smartphones.  —  The mobile operator has announced the cash boost because it needs to increase the capacity …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Doubles Down On Its Staff  —  About a year ago, tech news aggregator Techmeme hired Megan McCarthy as its first dedicated human editor.  Founder Gabe Rivera clearly liked the idea; he's now added three more, doubling the size of the staff.  —  Rich DeMuro (formerly of CNET) …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Yikes!  Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to cost $879  —  Can you say sticker shock?  A report out of the Wall Street Journal is reporting the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will cost around 6,000 Swedish kronor (or $879) in stores.  I'm aware the United States Dollar is sinking …
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Sees ‘Natal’ as Your Next TV Remote  —  SAN JOSE - It's entirely possible, and reasonable, that the controllerless Project Natal technology Microsoft is developing will replace a remote control on Xbox 360-powered TVs, Marc Whitten, the general manager responsible for Microsoft's Xbox Live service …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Latest News From Bing  —  Remember the flurry of new features Bing rolled out last week?  Bing announced Wolfram Alpha results for nutrition searches, more in-depth weather results, enhanced hover previews, better maps, and turned MSN Video into Bing Videos.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Slashes Palm Pre To $79.99; Pixi Now $24.99  —  The smart phone price war rages on.  —  In the latest example, Amazon.com (AMZN) has slashed the price of the Palm Pre to $79.99 with a two-year service plan from Sprint (S); they're also throwing in free activation of the phone.
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:
Fedora 12 - it's a horse, not a camel  —  Design by committee makes good  —  Review The Fedora Project has announced the latest version of its popular open source Linux distribution.  Nicknamed Constantine, Fedora 12 has quite a few impressive new features and demonstrates that the project has gained a renewed sense of direction.
Discussion: Erictric and Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's New Retweets Work Via SMS Too  —  First of all, yes, everyone on Twitter now should have access to the new Retweet functionality.  Currently, only Twitter.com and a handful of clients support the new mechanism.  But did you know that you can also trigger the new Retweets via SMS?
 
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Are Smart Grids Undermining User Privacy?
Discussion: Security Fix and VentureBeat
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
TomTom app updated to support iPod touch, first-gen iPhone
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, App Advice and Engadget
Brian Caulfield / Velocity:
New Twitter Feature Used To Trash Itself
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MSI launches 21.5-inch Wind Top AE2220: 1080p and multi-touch starting at $750
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechSpot
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Plans to Open C#, Visual Basic Compilers
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Up to 60% of Apple suppliers violate company's conduct codes
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Phil Villarreal / Consumerist:
Warner Bros. Offers Discount Blu-ray Upgrade Program
Discussion: Technotainment and IGN DVD
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Ethics leaks spur House bill banning P2P apps on .gov PCs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga To Launch Smash Hit FarmVille On FarmVille.com
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 public betas now available for download