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8:10 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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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google Chrome OS available as free VMWare download (update: first impressions)  —  Seriously, how awesome have the past few hours been?  Engadget turns the design stakes up to 11, Google finally dishes the dirt on Chrome OS, and now you can even download the forthcoming software to have a fiddle with yourself.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
What Google Needs For Chrome OS To Make It  —  Google made an announcement!  It was an OS, in case you haven't heard.  But it was also something else: a long-term, high-risk bet about the future of the internet.  Here's what Google needs to happen for Chrome to make it.
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
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 …
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.
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Marco.org:   Hope  —  I've mostly stopped writing about the dismal App Store …
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.”
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Todd Bishop / Portfolio:
TECH OBSERVER  —  Apple Talk of Microsoft's Annual Meeting
Discussion: TechFlash, MacDailyNews and TUAW
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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.
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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The Digital Economy Bill - does it add up?  —  This morning I joined a clutch of damp, sleepy and dishevelled hacks - sorry, bright-eyed and enthusiastic fellow journalists - at a briefing at the Department of Business in Whitehall about the Digital Economy Bill.
Discussion: The Register and Times of London
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
BREAKING: Leaked UK government plan to create “Pirate Finder General” …
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?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it built ‘backdoor’ in Windows 7  —  Don't worry, company tells users; NSA involved only in security compliance standards  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today denied that it has built a backdoor into Windows 7, a concern that surfaced yesterday after a senior National Security Agency …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Grant Gross / Computerworld:
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Twitter urges Murdoch to be open
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
French Tweet: Twitter Goes French In Time For LeWeb
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