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1:20 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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: We Need to Fire 2,500 “Volunteers”  —  AOL, which has already told investors it will spend up to $200 million firing a good chunk of its staff, has now told employees.  The company is looking for “up to 2,500 volunteers,” CEO Tim Armstrong told his staff today.  That's a third of the AOL's payroll.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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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: PC World, TechCrunch, Between the Lines and Technovia, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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: Mashable!, Gearlog and CrunchGear
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
SimpleGeo navigates from stealth to beta  —  Location awareness is hot, from gamelike social services such as Foursquare and Gowalla to platforms such as Google Latitude.  Now one start-up is hoping to make it as easy for any company to integrate into a Web or mobile service as it is for retailers to use PayPal.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: Open Source, GigaOM and MindTouch
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Boku gains momentum with mobile payments for social games  —  Mobile payments provider Boku has gained a lot of momentum as a provider of an alternate payment for social games.  —  The company touted its progress in September, but it has made more progress now.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Now Facebook Page Owners Can Target News Feed Stories By Location and Language  —  Facebook Page owners have been able to target “Updates” - Facebook's term for message blasts that Page owners can send to fans that show up in a secondary tab in the Inbox - by age, sex, and location for a long time.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Users Better-Connected, More Likely to Tweet than Members of other Webmail Services  —  The social media data company Rapleaf has just released the final parts of their 3-part study involving the demographics and online behavior of webmail users.  In the first part of the study …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Wheelchair bound folk now have iPhone controls for their chariots.  —  Who put the iPhone in accessiblity?  Dynamic Controls did.  The company has integrated an iPhone into its power wheelchair electronics, enabling powered wheelchair users to use them as normal while also gaining access …
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
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 and The Social, Thanks:atul
 
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