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1:30 AM ET, November 19, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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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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 …
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:
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.
Discussion: Podcasting News
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, mocoNews, Mashable! and Pulse2
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Done Deal: MySpace Buys Imeem for Up to $10 Million
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, WebProNews and Between the Lines
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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, The Social and Epicenter, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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
Brian Caulfield / Velocity:
New Twitter Feature Used To Trash Itself  —  Well that didn't take long.  Twitter users are already complaining about a new feature that makes it easier to repeat or ‘retweet’ a particularly snappy comment, or tweet, to their friends.  The irony?  The new feature is being used to air complaints about the new feature.
Discussion: Outspoken Media and WebProNews
Mathew Kumar / Edge Online:
MIGS: Publishers “Cheat” Age Ratings  —  Some publishers deceive the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to get lower age ratings on their games, claims A2M CEO.  —  As part of a panel at the Montreal International Game Summit, the Quebec development scene's key players discussed the importance …
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?
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: LiveSide, Many Niches and All about Microsoft, Thanks:enauzer
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 …
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: Phone Arena and Digital Daily
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: IGN DVD and Technotainment
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: Mashable!, GigaOM and WebProNews, Thanks:beet_tv
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.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
MSI launches 21.5-inch Wind Top AE2220: 1080p and multi-touch starting at $750  —  Ooh la la, this looks to be an interesting machine right here.  Starting at $750, MSI's latest “Wind Top” all-in-one features a big 21.5-inch 1920×1080 multi-touch LCD, NVIDIA ION graphics …
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechSpot
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
Brian Garner / AppleInsider:
TomTom app updated to support iPod touch, first-gen iPhone  —  TomTom has officially released update version 1.2 for its iPhone app, adding support for both the iPod touch and the first-gen iPhone when used in conjunction with its car kit.  —  Version 1.2 was submitted on Nov. 12 and was released Wednesday.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, App Advice and Engadget
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 …
 
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Are Smart Grids Undermining User Privacy?
Discussion: VentureBeat and Security Fix
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo and Microsoft Poised to Finally Sign Definitive …
Discussion: WebProNews and The Microsoft Blog
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Ethics leaks spur House bill banning P2P apps on .gov PCs
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdSense Ads Get Special “Featured Ads” With Stars
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
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
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
David Pogue channels Britney Spears
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Consumer Mobile Applications for 2012
Discussion: Tech Beat and ReadWriteWeb
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
64-bit Windows safer, claims Microsoft
Discussion: Maximum PC and Security Watch
Ben Smith / The Really Mobile Project:
Nokia dropping Symbian from N-Series by 2012 [UPDATED]