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11:25 PM ET, November 19, 2009

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Caesar Sengupta / The Official Google Blog:
Releasing the Chromium OS open source project  —  In July we announced that we were working on Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system for people who spend most of their time on the web.  —  Today we are open-sourcing the project as Chromium OS.  We are doing this early …
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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 …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google Chrome OS: 5 Ways It's Completely Different  —  Earlier today, Google revealed new details about Google Chrome OS, the search giant's attempt to redefine the operating system and push society and technology even farther onto the web.  —  We're here live at the Google Chrome OS press conference …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Video: Chrome OS For Dummies
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Velocity, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
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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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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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, GigaOM, Mashable! and BloggingStocks, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 AOL's payroll.
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:
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Goes Global With Launch in 50 New Cities  —  Right on the heels of Foursquare's API release, the location-based mobile application and game is announcing another big rollout to cities across the world.  —  Just one month after releasing Foursquare to 15 new cities in the US and Canada …
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 …
Jim Wolf / Reuters:
Chinese cyber-spying grows against U.S: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China's government appears increasingly to be piercing U.S. government and defense industry computer networks to gather useful data for its military, a congressional advisory panel said on Thursday.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Twitter urges Murdoch to be open  —  Newspapers should become “radically open” if they want to make money in the online world, the co-founder of social networking site Twitter has said.  —  Biz Stone said that he would “love to see what happens” if newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch went ahead with plans to block Google from his websites.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is There Any Point to the World's First Wireless USB Drive?  —  I get that it is cool technology, but I don't get the Imation Pro WX.  It's the world's first Wireless USB disk drive, sure, but there are already drives that are Wi-Fi enabled.  So, how is this different?
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Some Courts Raise Bar on Reading Employee Email  —  Companies Face Tougher Tests to Justify Monitoring Workers' Personal Accounts; Rulings Hinge on ‘Expectation of Privacy’  —  Big Brother is watching.  That is the message corporations routinely send their employees about using email.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
French Tweet: Twitter Goes French In Time For LeWeb  —  Earlier this month, Twitter rolled out a Spanish language version of its service.  This was the first language to gain native support beyond English and Japanese.  Today, it's announcing French support as well.
Discussion: The Next Web and Mashable!
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Judge sets February hearing for new Google Books deal
Discussion: Digits
Oliver J. Chiang / Forbes:
Microsoft, Nielsen Track Xbox Live Ads
Discussion: MediaPost
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Virgin Mobile Canada Launching iPhone 3G and 3GS ‘in the Coming Months’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
BigDeal.com Reinvents And Legitimizes Swoopo's Controversial Auction Bidding Model
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks, MTV In Talks To Restructure Rhapsody
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Eric Lai / LinuxWorld.com:
Developers slowly rising to Microsoft's Surface
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Textbook-Rental Service Chegg Raises $57 Million
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Users Better-Connected, More Likely to Tweet than Members …