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12:25 PM ET, November 26, 2007

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Arn / MacRumors:
German iPhones Unlocked by iTunes  —  MacNotes.de (German) provides early notes and experiences from customers who have bought unlocked iPhones in Germany.  —  The first SIM-unlocked iPhones went on sale in Germany on November 21st with a considerable (600 euro) premium over the usual SIM-locked iPhones.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's iTunes unlocks iPhones in Germany
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zoho Writer now lets you edit documents offline  —  Zoho releases tomorrow (Monday) an online word processor that lets multiple users work on the document online and offline at the same time.  —  When offline users go back online, the changes they made offline sync with the online document.
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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Supports Offline Editing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
While Live Documents Yaps, Zoho Delivers
CNET News.com:
Holiday tech gifts we don't recommend  —  5. Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody by Daniel Lyons  —  This is another instance of "only the geeks would get it."  The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a once-anonymous blog created by Forbes editor Daniel Lyons (under the pseudonym …
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Parallel Processor  —  One of the most closely read chronicles of Silicon Valley over the past year or so has been "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," a running satire written by an anonymous blogger who assumed the persona of Apple's brilliant, enlightenment-seeking co-founder and chief executive.
Marina Strauss / Globe and Mail:
Molson pulls plug on Facebook photo contest  —  In response to growing criticism from universities, Molson has pulled a controversial photo contest on Facebook, underlining the challenges that companies face in trying to pitch their products on new social media.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia  —  Microsoft has announced plans to build a data center in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia.  The facility will be able to hold 10,000 servers, according to Birger Steen, the head of Microsoft's Russian and CIS business unit.
Discussion: WebProNews, eng.cnews.ru and Slashdot
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Online Holiday Shopping Season Charges Out of the Gate  —  So-called "Black Friday," the day after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, and this year online retailers saw traffic surge with shoppers spending over 4/5ths of a billion dollars on Thursday and Friday alone.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Shop.org and Mashable!
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Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Online holiday shopping season kicks off
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Joins Forces With Facebook  —  New Facebook Application Includes 2008 Presidential Campaign Reporting, Forums  —  With just under a year until the 2008 presidential election, ABC News and Facebook have partnered to launch an online political initiative that will combine the latest news …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Tracking the media audience, wherever it may be  —  PARIS: The French media consumer is about to enter a brave new world where broadcasters and advertisers can study and dissect their habits wherever they are.  —  Early next year, Médiamétrie, a French audience survey company …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beet.TV
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Torvalds On Where Linux Is Headed In 2008  —  The creator of Linux is excited about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualization despite his personal lack of interest in the area.
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
What's Going on at Skype?  —  What in the world is really going on at Skype?  Have they just decided that they have too many toes, and are trying to shoot them off one at a time?  The list of gaffes and blunders is impressive:  — They are taking away SkypeIn numbers from paying customers …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Skype-watch.com …
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
The R4 chip is only small - but it looks like a giant pirate to Nintendo  —  The R4 looks like a simple piece of plastic.  It is just a couple of centimetres square, a few millimetres thick and unbelievably easy to use.  For Nintendo it is the Christmas stocking filler from hell.
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Desktop Evolution: Windows and Mac OS Comparison [Desktop Comparison]  —  Since Windows 95 dropped more than a decade ago, our desktops have evolved to no end.  Having recently had a fresh Leopard install on our Macs, we thought we would take a look back, with a side-by-side comparison of Windows and Mac operating systems.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and Digg
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Tech design with thought  —  newsmaker If anyone knows a thing or two about designing for human-computer interaction, it's Don Norman, professor at Northwestern University, author of The Design of Future Things, and co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group.  —  In addition to his current consulting work …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Gimmick Becomes a Real Trend  —  TWO years ago, Cyber Monday was a marketing gimmick in search of shoppers.  This year, it seems to be a genuine trend that retailers have embraced.  —  In a survey of roughly 120 members of Shop.org, the trade group for online retailers …
Will O'Brien / Hack a Day:
slr lenses on your digital video camera  —  considering all the attention we give digital cameras, i wanted to find an interesting hack for those old school analog slr cameras.  (i spent a fair share of time behind one; i'm fond of the classic canon ae-1) [joshua] mated his sony vx-2000e video camera …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and GEARFUSE
 
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Robin Wauters / blognation:
Luxembourg + WiFi = Hotcity
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Rambus Aims for Terabyte-Per-Second Memory Bandwidth
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Apple Settles Burst Patent Suit for 'Only' $10 Million
Discussion: WebProNews
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Does the Asus EeePC violate the Linux GPL?
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Gadgetell
InfoWorld:
Dubai investment fund takes 'substantial' stake in Sony
Discussion: paidContent.org
comScore:
Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending …
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
TiVo comes to Canada, but lacks HD
Discussion: PR Newswire and Gizmodo
Darren Herman:
I Want My Slice of the Pie: A look at startups and ad spending
Discussion: innonate and Howard Lindzon
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Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
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UK net numbering project starts
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