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10:15 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,” …
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Erictric and TUAW
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 …
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
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: Don't call Chatter a social network
Discussion: Between the Lines and WebProNews
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Silverlight 4 In Beta.  Supports Google Chrome.  (Plus, Screenshots of Facebook Desktop App).  —  Microsoft announced the availability of Silverlight 4 in beta at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) today.  Some of the new features include more fluid animations, Webcam …
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 and Erictric
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, Technology News and Epicenter, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: paidContent
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 …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Plans to Open C#, Visual Basic Compilers  —  While competitors are coming up with new, “modern” programming languages, Microsoft continues to evolve its tried and true languages such as Visual Basic and C#, with new features — including future plans to open up the respective compilers …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Up to 60% of Apple suppliers violate company's conduct codes  —  Apple spends time and money policing its manufacturing partners to ensure they maintain a strict code of conduct, but the reality for many involved in manufacturing consumer electronic products is very different from anything most of us would tolerate.
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Beet.TV, WebProNews and Mashable!, Thanks:beet_tv
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Intel Makes Leap in Device to Aid Impaired Readers  —  Despite all of the advances in digital technology, too few high-tech products have emerged to help the blind read books or other paper documents, or to make reading such texts easier for people with impaired vision or language-related learning disabilities.
Phil Villarreal / Consumerist:
Warner Bros. Offers Discount Blu-ray Upgrade Program  —  Warner Bros. has thought of a way to boost sagging Blu-ray sales.  The DVD2Blu program lets you mail up to 25 DVDs (discs only), with a prepaid shipping label, to a processing plant — after having paid $8 to $10 online for each film …
Discussion: Technotainment and IGN DVD
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: Tech Beat and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily and bizjournals
James / Microsoft's Social Web Guy:
News on the ASP.NET Ajax Library Beta  —  The ASP.NET Ajax Library Beta was released today!  The five big things I'm going to talk about in this post are:  — The ASP.NET Ajax Library is now in Beta  — Contributing the ASP.NET Ajax Library to the CodePlex Foundation
Discussion: Channel 9, Thanks:jsenior
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdSense Ads Get Special “Featured Ads” With Stars  —  There are reports at both DigitalPoint Forums and WebmasterWorld that Google AdSense is testing a new ad format.  The new ad format has “featured ads” within the ad units, with little yellow stars next to them.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
 
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Sarah Morris / Reuters:
Spain Codifies ‘The Right to Broadband’
Discussion: Techdirt
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo and Microsoft Poised to Finally Sign Definitive …
Discussion: WebProNews and The Microsoft Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Another music move: MySpace adds charts
Discussion: WebProNews, MySpace and Mashable!
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
Discussion: Inside Social Games
Bloomberg:
Sony Says Touch-Screen Reader Exceeding Expectations
Discussion: Between the Lines
Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
Vevo Launch Date Set
Dan Gillmor / Mediactive:
Why It Matters that Pierre Omidyar is Doing a News Startup
Discussion: Peer News
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David Pogue channels Britney Spears
Bloomberg:
Qualcomm in Talks to Supply Chips for Apple IPhone
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
64-bit Windows safer, claims Microsoft
Discussion: Maximum PC and Security Watch