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12:00 PM 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 …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
The Apple Tablet Is Dead  —  Apple tablet rumors started verging into the ridiculous Thursday morning with reports that Apple has pushed back the project's launch date yet again.  Those same sources are saying Apple is developing a high-end tablet that could retail for as much as $2000, according to Digitimes.
Discussion: I4U News, Mashable!, Gawker and Engadget
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: We Need to Fire 2,500 “Volunteers”  —  AOL, which has already told investors that it will spend up to $200 million firing a good chunk of its staff, has now told its employees.  It is looking for “up to 2,500 volunteers,” CEO Tim Armstrong told his staff today.  That's a third of the company's payroll.
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.
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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Ina Fried / Crave: The gadget blog:
Livescribe pen gets an app store  —  The Livescribe app store, now in beta, allows users to download applications to their pen ranging from inexpensive games to a pricey—but handy—Bar Mitzvah tutor.  —  (Credit: Livescribe)  —  It took a little bit longer than the company had hoped …
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: PC World, TechCrunch, Between the Lines and Technovia, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Ken Harrenstien / The Official Google Blog:
Automatic captions in YouTube  —  Since we first announced captions in Google Video and YouTube, we've introduced multiple caption tracks, improved search functionality and even automatic translation.  Each of these features has had great personal significance to me, not only because I helped to design them, but also because I'm deaf.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Discussion: Gearlog and CrunchGear
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
MindTouch Cloud: The Open Source Alternative to Sharepoint and Salesforce.com?  —  Sharepoint is the big giant in the enterprise collaboration space.  Salesforce.com is now in the market with Salesforce Chatter, a service that embraces Facebook, Twitter and the applications within Force.com.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek, Open Source and MindTouch
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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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:   Google Phone? In Arrington's Dreams!
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 …
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
Discussion: The Register
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, The Social and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Google:
Google to Offer Live Webcast of Google Chrome OS Update  —  What: Live webcast of Google's update on Google Chrome OS, held at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters.  —  Why: Google to offer an update on Google Chrome OS and provide a look at the work that has been done thus far …
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: App Advice, TUAW and Ubergizmo
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Going rate for acquisitions at Intuit: $170 million  —  Last night I asked Justin Kitch, who sold his company, Homestead.com, to Intuit in 2007, how much Intuit paid for the company.  “$170 million,” he said.  “No,” I said, “That was Mint.  How much was Homestead?”  —  “It's funny, isn't it?” he said.
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
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Sony says e-readers in demand, shipments delayed  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Wednesday that early demand for its latest electronic reader was higher than expected in advance of the holidays and shipment delays could result.  —  A Sony spokesman said the $399 e-book reader …
Discussion: eWeek and Wall Street Journal
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Like.com Buys Fashion Sharing Site Weardrobe  —  Shopping search engine Like.com has purchased Weardrobe, a site that lets visitors posts stylish photos of themselves and then “follow” other members whose fashions they like.  Like.com says it is applying its visual search technology …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Adknowledge Continues Shopping Spree, Acquires SocialMedia.com's Ad Network  —  Online advertising company Adknowledge has obtained the advertising business of SocialMedia.com, a social media advertising platform.  The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
 
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