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5:15 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Video Demonstrates Wired's Concept iTablet App  —  Who takes Apple's rumored touchscreen tablet seriously?  Wired's parent company Condé Nast.  Earlier this week, the corporation revealed its plans to work with Adobe to repurpose magazine content for upcoming digital devices, including the Apple tablet (if it is indeed real).
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Examining Windows 7's fast start  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got lots of attention yesterday when he announced that the company has sold twice as many copies of Windows 7 as it did any previous version of the operating system in its first month.  It's “a fantastic start,” he told shareholders at the company's annual meeting.
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Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012  —  Microsoft should once again release its next mainstream version of Windows about three years after the last, a roadmap obtained this week reveals.  The schedule has the major revision, tentatively titled “Windows 8,” launching in 2012 or about three years after Windows 7.
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and Maximum PC
eMarketer:
Data on Twitter Decline Stacks Up  —  Tweeting no more?  —  First, spectacular growth.  Then a summertime slowdown.  And now, in fall 2009, US traffic to Twitter.com is declining.  —  According to data provided to eMarketer by Nielsen, traffic to Twitter.com was down a dramatic 27.8% between September …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech and The Hill
Bing / Search Blog:
Committed to Comprehensive Results  —  There's been some buzz today based on a post by Nicholas D. Kristof at the New York Times suggesting that Bing filters results for searches conducted outside of the People's Republic of China (PRC) using Simplified Chinese characters for their query.
Discussion: TechFlash
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Laura Northrup / Consumerist:
Smoking Near Apple Computers Creates Biohazard, Voids Warranty  —  Unless you've just arrived in 2009 on a time machine, you know that smoking isn't good for you.  Did you know, that smoking isn't good for your computer, either?  It's true, at least according to Apple.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TUAW, 9 to 5 Mac, The Awl and Crave
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down GrandCentral Website  —  Google Voice was GrandCentral before Google acquired that company back in 2007.  Like most Google acquisitions it took a long time to fully rebuild the service on Google's infrastructure, and even today Google Voice is still in private beta.
Discussion: Mashable!
Phone Arena:
Samsung Omnia II poses for Exclusive pictures  —  Published on: Yesterday by PhoneArena Team  —  As we just reported, Verizon is expected to finally launch the Samsung Omnia II on December 2nd.  Set to price at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and your John Hancock on a 2 year contract …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
AP Scans Sarah Palin Book Without Permission; Look Out Google Book Search  —  Google, accused by some as being a book thief, now has company — the Associated Press.  The AP patted itself on the back in an internal memo that detailed how it scanned a copy of Sarah Palin's book without permission, to make it searchable.
Examiner:
Apple to release iPod Touch with camera this Spring?  —  We have heard from an inside source who claims the camera version of the iPod Touch 3G will be released this Spring.  The source confirms to us that the iPod Touch 3G with camera had actually been planned for release this past September, but had problems passing quality control.
Discussion: Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Zynga Says Offers Are Just 10% Of Revenues  —  In a new disclosure, Zynga tells us it makes 90% of its revenues from gamers putting their own money into the system to buy virtual goods.  —  Zynga says 10% of its revenues come from “offers” marketing, where sponsors agree …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Oracle $7.4 Billion Sun Takeover May Be Blocked by EU on Competition Issue  —  Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — Oracle Corp.'s planned $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc. may be blocked by European Union regulators because of concerns Oracle might be able to eliminate Sun's MySQL database product …
David Coursey / PC World:
Brin: Two Google Operating Systems May Become One  —  It has been difficult for Google to explain away the seeming conflict between Chrome OS and Android.  —  Saying that Chrome is for the Internet and Android for devices, requires a belief that users actually make the distinction.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google Chrome OS has already won
Discussion: Open Sources's blog and Forbes
 
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Maybe Instead of Two Cars, You Just Need a Car and a Bicycle
Discussion: Technovia, Thanks:atul
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
The Story Behind the FAA Flight-Plan System Crash
Discussion: newsmgr.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Creator Thinks Email Will Last Forever.  And Hasn't Tried Google Wave.
Paul Buchheit:
Open as in water, the fluid necessary for life
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Rippol's Video Discovery Engine Launches To The Public
Discussion: Skype Journal and down the avenue
 Earlier Items: 
Don Clark / Digits:
Does Apple Enjoy a Licensing Loophole on iPhone?
Discussion: Maximum PC
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
10 things about Microsoft's PDC 2009: The good, the bad and the ugly
Lauren Hansen / BBC:
What happened to Second Life?
Discussion: broadstuff, New World Notes and Joystiq