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5:35 AM ET, November 20, 2009

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want To Try Out Google Chrome OS For Yourself?  Here's How.  —  The public debut of Google Chrome OS today has the press abuzz over the potential of the new web-based operating system.  And now that it's open sourced, you have the chance to try it out for yourself.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Ubuntu's Canonical and Google partner to create Chrome  —  Some people may see Google's Chrome operating system as competing with existing Linux desktop distributions.  Canonical, the company behind popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, isn't one of them.  They're working with Google to make Chrome.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Everything You Need To Know About Chrome OS  —  Until today, Google's Chrome OS has been little more than a wordy concept.  Now, finally, we truly know what it is, what it looks like, and how it works.  Here's the breakdown:  —  Google went to great pains to emphasize that today's event wasn't a launch …
Caesar Sengupta / The Official Google Blog:
Releasing the Chromium OS open source project
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What Twitter's New Geolocation Makes Possible  —  Twitter turned on its long-awaited Geolocation API today, meaning that users can opt-in to having their messages annotated with their exact locations.  The significance of this is made clear by comparing it with last week's release of 500 million …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Turns On Location.  Not For Twitter.com Just Yet.  —  Back in August, Twitter announced that it was getting ready to roll out an ambitious new project: Geolocation.  The idea was to be able to attach a location to every tweet.  Today, the API for the feature has been officially turned on …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Droid, iPhone, and Pre: meet the new Techmeme Mobile  —  Today we're introducing Techmeme Mobile, a new mobile version of Techmeme optimized for popular smartphones.  Techmeme Mobile loads much faster on phones thanks to a sparser page format in which tabs and “Discussion” links load on demand.
Discussion: Erictric and TechCrunch
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Techmeme's Gabe Rivera makes news aggregation profitable
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO, Thanks:electricwaffles
Daniel Brusilovsky / CrunchGear:
Jobs to The Little App Factory: Name change “Not that big of a deal”  —  The Little App Factory seems to have a big problem on their hands.  The company received a letter from Baker & McKenzie, representing Apple, asking that The Little App Factory change the name of one of their most successful applications.
Paul Graham:
Apple's Mistake  —  I don't think Apple realizes how badly the App Store approval process is broken.  Or rather, I don't think they realize how much it matters that it's broken.  The way Apple runs the App Store has harmed their reputation with programmers more than anything else they've ever done.
Google Mobile Blog:
New Google News for mobile  —  At Google, we are committed to giving you a consistent user experience across products and devices, and we really value the feedback you've given us about Google News for mobile.  Today we're excited to announce a completely new Google News offering for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre users.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Can the Advertising Offers Business Find Redemption In Social Networks?  —  The entire social gaming industry has been criticized in recent weeks for running deceptive advertising offers.  But how bad has the problem been, really?  After all, low-quality ads for weight loss, teeth whitening …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Justin Smith / Inside Social Games:   Inside Virtual Goods: What Portion of Social Gaming Revenues Come From Offers?
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening?  —  Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service—an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, “What are you doing?”  However, when we implemented the service, we chose to leave something out.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ballmer: Windows 7 selling like hotcakes  —  Windows 7 isn't just getting good reviews, it's also selling well, CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders Thursday.  —  Delivering opening remarks at Microsoft's shareholder meeting, Ballmer said that Windows 7 was off to a “fantastic start.”
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola Motus specs magically appear  —  Who says lightning doesn't strike twice?  Right after we received the first picture of the new Motorola Motus, another anonymous tipster sent in the full hardware specs.  I'll let you guys add the commentary on this one.  —  Motorola Motus specs:
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony Unveils Its Answer to Apple's iTunes  —  The tech giant will launch an online store selling music, movies, books, and other downloadable applications for mobile products  —  Sony (SNE) is taking a page from Apple's playbook (AAPL).  On Nov. 19, Sony said it plans to launch …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Breaking: eBay Completes Skype Sale At $2.75 Billion Valuation  —  eBay has just announced that it has completed the sale of Skype, valuing the company at $2.75 billion.  The investor consortium who is the buying party and will control an approximately 70 percent stake is a group led …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Cisco launches iPhone security app  —  Cisco is offering a free iPhone app that will allow people to get customized alerts on new security threats and other information for safe Web browsing.  —  The app, which will be available on Friday in the Apple iTunes store, provides information …
Ryan Tate / valleywag - Gawker:
Facebook Named in Federal Class-Action Suit over Scammy Zynga Ads  —  Facebook and Zynga are the defendants in a federal class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, which seeks upwards of $5 million for social network users scammed in online game ads.  Neither company's top-drawer investors can be happy.
Discussion: Gawker and NBC Bay Area
Electronista:
Dell slips out Studio 17 with touchscreen  —  Dell today quietly slipped the Studio 17 Touch into its lineup as its first touchscreen notebook.  The 17-inch system adds multi-touch input and carries Dell's own suite of touch apps, such as its photo browser.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Common Stock Valuation Jumps 42% to $9.5 Billion  —  Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — The price of Facebook Inc. stock on exchanges for private companies has jumped as much as 42 percent in the past four months as membership of the site topped 300 million users and the company turned cash flow positive.
Discussion: DailyFinance, Mashable! and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BREAKING: Leaked UK government plan to create “Pirate Finder General” with power to appoint militias, create laws  —  A source close to the British Labour Government has just given me reliable information about the most radical copyright proposal I've ever seen.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla reveals 2008 revenue: $79 million  —  The Mozilla Foundation's revenue grew 5 percent to $79 million in 2008, with its Firefox search-ad deal with Google still the biggest benefactor, the organization said Thursday.  —  The figure is notable for an open-source effort, but the growth tapered off significantly.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Twitter Premium Accounts Due By Year's End  —  So how's Twitter going to make any money?  One of its biggest fans, British actor and polymath Stephen Fry, gave co-founder Biz Stone one idea when the pair shared a Nesta panel in London on Thursday...  “Supposing I was to say to someone …
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it built ‘backdoor’ in Windows 7
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Symantec's ‘Unlucky 13’ Security Trends for 2010
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe's Acrobat.com comes to smartphones
Discussion: Examiner and CNET News
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Chinese cyber-spying grows against U.S: report
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Some Courts Raise Bar on Reading Employee Email
Discussion: Trends Updates
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Twitter urges Murdoch to be open
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Judge sets February hearing for new Google Books deal
Discussion: Digits and Dow Jones Newswires
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
French Tweet: Twitter Goes French In Time For LeWeb
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
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Microsoft, Nielsen Track Xbox Live Ads
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Virgin Mobile Canada Launching iPhone 3G and 3GS ‘in the Coming Months’
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks, MTV In Talks To Restructure Rhapsody
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
Developers slowly rising to Microsoft's Surface
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and eWeek