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5:20 AM ET, November 22, 2009

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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 …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter.com traffic down?  Seesmic Web 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.
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Pocket-lint.com, Thanks:seesmic
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Data on Twitter Decline Stacks Up
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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 …
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
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.
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).
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.
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
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Motorola Droid just $119 from Dell  —  We love seeing hot new smartphones getting their price tags slashed mere weeks after its initial launch.  The latest price reduction on the Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Droid comes from Dell.com, making it possible to put a Droid in your pocket for just $119 …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Brin: Google's OSes likely to converge  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's dual-pronged operating-system strategy will likely produce a single OS down the road, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  —  Many Google observers were puzzled when the company announced plans for Chrome OS in July …
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
Mrinal Desai / TechCrunch:
Screening The News  —  Editor's note: Today, being a news junkie requires not just the ability to keep up with hundreds of breaking stories a day, but the ability to redistribute those stories to your followers and news sites.  To get some insight into the modern news junkie …
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Matt Peckham / PC World:
Xbox LIVE Gold Free Today Through Monday
Discussion: Hear 2.0 and Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Naspers Could Be The Next Owner Of ICQ (And Why That Would Make Sense)
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Zynga Says Offers Are Just 10% Of Revenues
Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Microsoft roadmap puts Windows 8 in 2012
Discussion: Gizmodo, Maximum PC and CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To Shut Down GrandCentral Website
Discussion: CNET News and Mashable!
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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