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10:40 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPhone App Is Broken.  Who Will Fix It?  —  10 days ago, Facebook developer Joe Hewitt rocked the iPhone development world when he announced that he would stop making iPhone apps because he was fed up with the way Apple is running the App Store.  This is significant since Hewitt …
Discussion: App Advice and Daring Fireball
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).
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
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Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter.com traffic down?  Seesmic.com is +30%/month  —  There are many reports that the traffic from Twitter.com would be going down.  We see the opposite on the app side, at least for Seesmic.  Seesmic Web is growing very strong as you can see the number of Tweets posted growing.
Thanks:seesmic
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At a Software Powerhouse, the Good Life Is Under Siege  —  The pool at SAS.  Often rated among the best places to work, SAS is facing new business threats.  More Photos >  —  CARY, N.C.  —  A TOUR of its carefully tended, 300-acre corporate campus here leaves little doubt why surveys …
Matt / WordPress Publisher Blog:
WordPress and Windows Azure  —  This week I had a unique opportunity to appear at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, to demo four open source technologies — WordPress, Apache, MySQL, PHP — running on Microsoft's new EC2 competitor called Azure.
Discussion: The Blog Herald and thewhir.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Friend's Tweet Could Be an Ad  —  Tuesday was another typical day for John Chow, blogger and Internet entrepreneur in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Mr. Chow treated his 50,000 Twitter followers to a photograph of his lunch (barbecued chicken and French fries), discussed the weather …
Discussion: Likes.com
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem  —  Firefox has a CPU usage issue and, consequently, can cause overheating problems in some laptops, particularly ultraportables.  That's what I've found over the last couple of years.  —  But don't take my word for it.
Discussion: Liliputing
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: CNET News and Mashable!
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.
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 …
Thanks:atul
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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Matt Peckham / PC World:
Xbox LIVE Gold Free Today Through Monday
Discussion: Beet.TV, Hear 2.0 and GamesIndustry.biz, Thanks:beet_tv
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Naspers Could Be The Next Owner Of ICQ (And Why That Would Make Sense)
Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and Maximum PC
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Oracle $7.4 Billion Sun Takeover May Be Blocked by EU on Competition Issue
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Examining Windows 7's fast start
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Maybe Instead of Two Cars, You Just Need a Car and a Bicycle
Discussion: Technovia, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gmail Creator Thinks Email Will Last Forever.  And Hasn't Tried Google Wave.
David Coursey / PC World:
Brin: Two Google Operating Systems May Become One
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com, CIO.com and InfoWorld