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11:45 PM ET, November 30, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of The CrunchPad  —  It was so close I could taste it.  Two weeks ago we were ready to publicly launch the CrunchPad.  The device was stable enough for a demo.  It went hours without crashing.  We could even let people play with the device themselves - the user interface …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why The Crunchpad Didn't Pencil Out  —  Ignore the soap opera.  The real problem is simple: How do you compete with free?  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Some people take things personally.  For blogger Michael Arrington, that's a strength.  It also explains why his effort to build a touch-sensitive …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Brad / Liliputing:
The CrunchPad tablet is dead, is anybody surprised?  —  For much of the past year, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has been working with a small group on a pet project called the CrunchPad.  It was designed to be a 12 inch tablet style device for surfing the web from a couch.
Discussion: PC World and eSarcasm
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAK: The Google Phone “Is a Certainty”  —  According to a trusted source who's seen it with their own eyes, the Google Phone “is a certainty.”  —  And by “Google Phone” we don't simply mean another Android handset.  We're talking about Google-branded hardware running a version of Android we haven't yet seen.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft looking into Windows ‘black screen of death’ problem  —  Microsoft says it's looking into reports that its latest security updates are causing some Windows machines to stop working and display a mostly black screen with no desktop icons, taskbar, sidebar or other elements …
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Latest Microsoft Patches Cause Black Screen of Death  —  Microsoft's latest round of security patches appears to be causing some PCs to seize up and display a black screen, rending the computer useless.  —  The problem affects Microsoft products including Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple iPhone May Go to T-Mobile Next  —  Stock quotes in this article: AAPL , VZ , MOT , T  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple's (AAPL Quote) path to U.S. smartphone dominance may take an abrupt detour as the iPhone's next destination may be Deutsche Telekom's (DT Quote) T-Mobile and not Verizon (VZ Quote).
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Droid Nears Its Million-Device Target  —  Motorola and Verizon's $100 million marketing push seems to be paying off: The much-ballyhooed Droid smartphone made by Motorola and powered by Google's Android 2.0 OS is inching toward its goal of a million devices sold during the fourth quarter of 2009.
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Alaska Miller / Silicon Alley Insider:
Check Out Google's Favorite Android Apps  —  Google named the winners today in its second annual mobile apps contest.  —  The top prizes for this year's Android Developer Challenge went to:  — Sweet Dreams, which lets you avoid late-night phone calls and save battery power
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
What's powering Web apps: Google waving goodbye to Gears, hello to HTML5  —  Of all the things Google is really good at, patience isn't necessarily one of them.  —  To prove Web applications like Gmail and Google Docs could be as sophisticated as desktop apps, Google created its own desktop software …
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Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Apple, Chip Bully?  —  Chipmakers Claim iPhone Maker Disrupts Flash Market  —  There are growing complaints in the semiconductor industry that Apple, the “smart” phone maker extraordinaire and major chip buyer, is manipulating NAND flash memory prices through its “questionable” purchasing strategies, industry sources said Sunday.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Takes Control of ‘TabletMac’ Trademark  —  A couple of years ago, a company called Axiotron announced an aftermarket modification for the MacBook that converted the Apple laptop into a tablet.  The modification remains for sale at $699 and takes a stock MacBook, removes the keyboard and screen …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Kindle Outsells Every Other Product On Amazon (And What This Really Means)  —  According to a breathless press release, the Kindle ereader is the “#1 bestselling product across all product categories on Amazon.”  That means it sold more than the iPod Touch.  More than the Wii.  More than Going Rogue.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
M.I.T., Google, And Umberto Eco Want To Erect a Realtime Cloud Over The 2012 London Olympics  —  What is it with architects that they feel the need to glom onto the latest buzzwords to justify their projects?  A group from M.I.T.'s Senseable City Lab is looking for funding …
Discussion: Erictric
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Confirmed: Office 2010 to ship in June  —  After several Web sites today claimed to having seen a possibly inadvertent notice from Microsoft claiming June as the release month for its forthcoming Office 2010 (we looked hard and couldn't find it ourselves), a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
hi5 recruits a beastly gaming veteran as its president  —  Social network hi5 has hired a pioneer in the video game industry to kick its social gaming strategy into high gear.  It remains to be seen if hi5 truly realizes what it's getting in the hiring of Alex St. John.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Bit.ly Partners with Security Firms to Block Spams, Scams from Twitter  —  Bit.ly, the service Twitter uses to shorten URLs to keep them under the service's 140-character limit, announced partnerships on Monday with Verisign, Websense and Sophos that are designed to keep spam and malicious software off of the network.
BNO News:
BNO News Launches Wire Service; MSNBC.com Takes Over @BreakingNews … Based on a media report, that was the first tweet from BNO News on May 13, 2007 at 7.07 p.m. EDT.  We have come far since we posted that tweet, something which started as a hobby in the Netherlands and grew into a business …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Broadcom To Buy Dune Networks For $178 Million  —  Broadcom (BRCM) this afternoon said it has agreed to acquire privately held Dune Networks for $178 million in cash.  The company said Dune has developed “a scalable chipset that supports bandwidth speeds of up to 100 Gbps per port” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Digg Steals A Google Exec As New VP Product  —  Digg has poached Keval Desai away from Google as their new Vice President of Product, we've confirmed from the company.  Desai's last day at Google is today.  —  Desai is a long time Google employee, first joining the company in 2003.
Discussion: ChasNote
Gregg Pollack / Riding Rails:
Ruby on Rails 2.3.5 Released  —  Rails 2.3.5 was released over the weekend which provides several bug-fixes and one security fix.  It should be fully compatible with all prior 2.3.x releases and can be easily upgraded to with “gem update rails”.  The most interesting bits can be summarized in three points.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and eWeek
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Has No Plans To Fund A Google Boycott  —  All that hoopla about Microsoft subsidizing News Corp's boycott of Google?  Just noise, says the Michael Liedtke of the AP.  —  He spoke with three Microsoft sources who all say Microsoft is not going to pay publishers to pull their content from Google.
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Ramu Nagappan / Macworld:
Apple opens up iTunes LP and Extras to developers  —  Looking to author your own interactive extras for the iTunes store?  Well, à la the App Store, Apple has now opened up iTunes LP and iTunes Extras for independent musicians, bands, and other developers.
Discussion: TechStartups.com and CrunchGear
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
IBM Tivoli Now Available on Amazon EC2  —  Adoption of the AWS Cloud by mainstream ISVs is underway as you read this.  There are numerous posts about IBM's work to bring their product line into the AWS environment, and today's is no exception.  IBM Tivoli monitoring is now available …
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Carmi Levy / BetaNews:
Not-so-mobile battery life: Time to force the issue  —  I was having a lovely conversation last week with a woman who had just upgraded to a Palm Pre.  She's been an avid user of Palm products since the company's first-generation PalmPilots defined the PDA market, and was thrilled …
Michael Geist Blog:
EU ACTA Analysis Leaks: Confirms Plans For Global DMCA, Encourage 3 Strikes Model  —  The European Commission analysis of ACTA's Internet chapter has leaked, indicating that the U.S. is seeking to push laws that extend beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and beyond current European Union law …
Journal Business Staff / Edmonton Journal:
Edmonton company sues Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft  —  EDMONTON - Wireless processor company Eleven Engineering is taking on the three giants of the gaming industry in a patent infringement case.  The Edmonton company is suing Nintendo Co., Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. over claims …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter takes down Lists temporarily as site buckles  —  Twitter has suspended its Lists feature temporarily after the site experienced a flood of errors.  $155 million in venture capital later, and the site still goes down?  C'mon people!  —  The company posted this message this afternoon:
Discussion: The Next Web and CNET News
 
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
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