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6:30 PM 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 …
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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 …
David Coursey / PC World:
5 Reasons Why Google Should Not Sell Handsets  —  Rumors are once again swirling around the idea that a Google-branded “Superphone” will hit the market next year.  How stupid do these people think Google is?  —  Well, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington seems to think “pretty stupid,” …
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Computerworld
Ben Smith / The Really Mobile Project:
Nokia dropping Symbian from N-Series by 2012 [UPDATED]  —  This evening, at the official N900 meet-up in London, Tanja Sauvola from the Maemo marketing team revealed in a Q&A with bloggers (after giving the first of the evening's three presentations) that Nokia plan to drop Symbian …
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.
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Derek Pilling / Non-Linear VC:
Reactions to AmEx's acquisition of Revolution Money
Discussion: Benzinga.com, Thanks:marshallengland
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 public betas now available for download  —  Microsoft released on November 18 the public beta of Office 2010.  It can be downloaded by anyone for free, as of 1 pm ET today.  —  Microsoft is making available several different versions of Office …
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 …
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 …
Pierre Omidyar / Peer News:
Aloha!  —  I'm excited to update you on what we've been up to at Peer News.  You probably saw a tweet that we're looking for an Editor to join our team.  Here's why.  —  If you've been following my tweets you may know that I've been interested in journalism for quite a while.
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Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:   Why It Matters that Pierre Omidyar is Doing a News Startup
PR Newswire:
Salesforce.com Unveils Salesforce Chatter - Enterprise Collaboration Meets the Real-Time Social Computing Model Loved by Millions on Facebook and Twitter  —  Salesforce Chatter application allows any company to collaborate in real time with a secure, private social network for their enterprise
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Consumer Mobile Applications for 2012  —  Gartner, Inc. has identified the top 10 consumer mobile applications for 2012.  Gartner listed applications based on their impact on consumers and industry players, considering revenue, loyalty, business model, consumer value and estimated market penetration.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Tech Beat
Los Angeles Times:
California approves new standards on energy-hungry TVs  —  The California Energy Commission votes 5-0 in favor of the nation's first efficiency regulations for televisions of up to 58 inches sold in the state.  The stricter rules take effect Jan. 1, 2011.  —  New California standards for TVs …
Discussion: CNET News, NewTeeVee and Gadget Lab
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Business Wire:   Consumer Electronics Association Reacts to California Energy …
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) …
Discussion: Techmeme News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Hires Bankers to Sell Off ICQ, as Internet Service Starts to Shed Non-Core Assets  —  AOL has hired a pair of New York investment bankers, Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co., to manage the sale of its ICQ instant-messaging unit.  —  Sources familiar with the situation said interest …
Discussion: contentSutra
Kim Hart / The Hill:
FCC votes to speed up cell tower sites  —  In its monthly meeting this morning, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to impose a “shot clock” for siting tower applications, or the process wireless carriers must follow to install new wireless antennas and nodes on towers to expand cell phone networks.
New York Times:
Cellphone Apps Challenge the Rise of E-Readers  —  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 …
Discussion: Bits and TeleRead
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Modern Warfare 2 tops entertainment industry, not just games  —  If you think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has had a major impact on just the video game industry, you may need to adjust your expectations.  —  According to Activision Blizzard, the game's publisher, Modern Warfare 2 …
Elliotshmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
Coming Soon: Your Professional Network within Microsoft Outlook  —  Today, Microsoft announces an exciting new addition to the upcoming Microsoft Office 2010 - the Outlook Social Connector.  The Outlook Social Connector is designed to seamlessly bring communications history as well as business …
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: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM moves closer to creating chips based on the brain  —  IBM said today that it has made significant progress toward developing a computer that simulates and emulates the brain's abilities to sense, perceive, interact, and recognize.  —  The computer does this by imitating …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Qualcomm mirasol color video ebook readers to ship in 2010  —  Ebook readers are arguably coming of age, but don't assume e-ink - and the push to produce color e-ink panels - have won the game quite yet.  SlashGear met up with Qualcomm's mirasol team today to discuss their latest display news …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson closing four facilities, laying off 2,000 employees worldwide  —  Sony Ericsson has yet to make this public, but we've learned that the flagging handset maker has caved once more to the pressures of the modern phone market place.  If you'll recall, 450 employees were nixed …
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Vevo Launch Date Set  —  The Vevo online music video service is expected to launch Dec. 8, according to sources close to the company.  —  The launch will kick off with an invite-only party at Skylight Studios in New York's Tribeca neighborhood for key executives and advertising partners.
Discussion: MediaMemo and NewTeeVee
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.
Discussion: CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Android Creep: Gmail Chat Starts Showing Which Contacts Use Android Phones  —  Google is powerful.  We all know this, and live with it.  But that brings up some interesting concerns when they break into new businesses — will they use that power to give them an unfair advantage?
Discussion: Gmail Blog, AndroidGuys and Erictric
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
In-Stat: Carriers to Sell 1/3 of All Notebooks by 2013  —  By 2013, carriers will sell 31% of all notebooks, according to a Nov. 18 report from consultant In-Stat.  What this means is, in three years, nearly a third of new laptop buyers will be paying carriers like Verizon Wireless and AT&T …
Discussion: In-Stat and GigaOM
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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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Nielsen: Facebook Now the No. 3 Video Site
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
David Pogue channels Britney Spears
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Michael White to top DirecTV
Discussion: paidContent and Business Wire
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
64-bit Windows safer, claims Microsoft
Matt Peckham / PC World:
PS3 Firmware 3.10 Released, Adds Facebook Support
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
A Brave New Web Will Be Here Soon, But Browsers Must Improve
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and jd/adobe
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Releases October 2009 U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Phishing scam hits Mac users - stay safe online
Discussion: ThreatBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone you control my car - if it is a Mercedes-Benz
Discussion: App Advice
Warren Rumak / Ars Technica:
Inside “MinWin”: the Windows 7 kernel slims down
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Register
NPR Blogs: The Two-Way:
NSA Is Giving Microsoft Some Help On Windows 7 Security