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11:40 AM ET, November 26, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Black Friday Discounts on Macs Have Begun  —  MacMall has announced their Black Friday sale which will runs from now until midnight P.T. on Friday, November 28th.  Last year's MacMall sale delivered some of the largest discounts available online.  This year, however, MacMall faces stiff competition …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bigger Black Friday Bargains This Year?  —  So, just how big will be the bargains tomorrow when Apple (AAPL) unveils its pricing for Black Friday?  —  Bigger than last year, asserts Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu.  —  Wu, who just yesterday picked up coverage of the stock with a Buy rating …
Discussion: eWeek, Gearlog and AppleInsider
AppleInsider:
Apple's Black Friday discounts may rise to 15%, says firm  —  Investment firm Kaufman Bros. said Wednesday it believes Apple is preparing to offer its deepest Black Friday discounts ever, but said the move has been accounted for in the company's guidance and will be largely offset by falling commodity costs.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sale! All Macs must go!
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Apple's deceptive iPhone ad banned in the UK  —  Apple's TV advert for the 3G iPhone has been attacked on the web for being deceptive, and as Media Guardian reported this morning, it has now been banned in the UK.  The Advertising Standards Authority received 17 complaints that the ad was misleading for …
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BBC:
Apple made to drop iPhone advert  —  An Apple iPhone advert has been banned by the advertising standards watchdog for exaggerating the phone's speed.  —  The advert boasted the new 3G model was “really fast” and showed it loading internet pages in under a second.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sling Opens Up Its Hulu Competitor To The Public  —  Sling Media, the company behind the popular Slingbox TV-streaming hardware devices, has opened the gates to its video portal Sling.com.  The site pits Sling directly against Joost and Hulu (though Hulu is a Sling partner) …
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Sling takes its video portal public
Discussion: RotorBlog.com and CrunchGear
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon.com Tries User-Generated Public Relations  —  Just as Tom Sawyer got his friends to whitewash that fence, Internet companies have been delighted to offer their users the chance to perform many of the tasks they would otherwise have to hire people to do, from making videos to tattling on those who write offensive comments.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google admits breaking App Store rules  —  Google acknowledged breaking the official rules of Apple's iPhone software development kit when it created the latest version of the Google Mobile application for the iPhone, but denied a more serious charge.  —  A Google spokesman confirmed Tuesday …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
How widely used is Chrome?  More than I expected  —  Chrome doesn't have much market share among CNET News visitors, but it's climbing.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Is Google's Chrome browser mainstream?  —  Certainly not.  But I've been curious how widespread its use is …
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ExtremeTech:
Which Web Browser is King?
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily and Maximum PC all
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Digital Sales Surpass CDs at Atlantic  —  Since MP3s first became popular a decade ago, music industry executives have obsessed over this question: when would digital music revenue finally surpass compact disc sales?  —  For Atlantic Records, the label that in years past has delivered artists …
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Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Atlantic Records Digital Sales Outpace CD Sales
Discussion: PSFK
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
You Gotta Try Mr. Tweet  —  Last night I happened across Mr. Tweet, a stealth startup that's growing quickly.  The site bills itself as your “personal assistant for Twitter,” but it functions as a very interesting version of Facebook's friend finder.  —  The site asks you for your Twitter username …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Why can't Microsoft make money online?  —  Yes, the software giant is hugely profitable.  Just not where it competes with Google.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Struggle?  You don't normally think of that word applying to the company Bill Gates founded.  But there it is: Microsoft …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
QuickTime 7.5.7 allows SD iTunes playback over DisplayPort  —  Calming a controversial situation, Apple on Tuesday night released a new QuickTime update that allows standard definition iTunes movies to play over the new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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Arn / MacRumors:
QuickTime 7.5.7 for DisplayPort Allows Standard Definition Playback
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Alley Insider and Gizmodo
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Toshiba presents new 16GB microSDHC and two SDHC cards  —  Sandisk announced a 16GB micro SDHG card back in September and is now followed by Toshiba, whose model (SD-ME016GA) will be released in Japan in January next year [JP].  According to Asahi Shimbun [JP], one of Japan's biggest newspapers …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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PR Newswire:
Toshiba to Launch 16GB microSDHC
Discussion: SlashGear
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
The video you'll love to hate  —  You are going to need some headphones and 5 minutes of wasted time here.  Looks like this was filmed at famous Mac Store Tekserve in Manhattan and paid for by drive manufacturer Seagate.  See if you can count how many sharks they jumped.
Discussion: Macenstein
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
StatShot: BitTorrent Loves Batman  —  The Dark Knight continues to cast its vengeful shadow over BitTorrent, according to TorrentFreak, staying on as the most popular pirated movie.  Other than that — there was only one new addition to the top ten list, Elegy, a smaller film starring Ben Kingsley that came out earlier this year.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
InfoWorld:
Test Center review: AT&T Fuze sparks Windows Mobile  —  San Francisco - If you're ready for a Windows Mobile smartphone with a large, VGA (480 by 640 pixels) display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and quad-band radios for worldwide use, the Fuze is an excellent option.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Boy Genius Report
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
HTC's Real IPhone Rival Stands Up: the Touch HD  —  High Tech Computer (HTC), the world's largest maker of smartphones that use Microsoft's Windows Mobile software, launched the Touch HD handset in Taipei on Wednesday, a 3.8-inch touchscreen mobile phone that more closely matches up to the iPhone 3G.
Discussion: Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the Windows Home Server Update, November 2008  —  View products that this article applies to.  —  INTRODUCTION  —  This update improves the interaction between home computers that are running Windows Vista and a Windows Home Server-based system when you copy files or folders to a shared folder.
Discussion: Bink.nu and One Microsoft Way
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Google silences Gmail security blogorumors  —  Domain hijack vuln doesn't exist  —  Google security pros have taken exception to recent reports of a Gmail vulnerability that led to a rash of domain hijackings.  They were the result of a plain-vanilla phishing campaign, they say.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is O2's grip on the iPhone putting customers off?  —  The woes reported by our own Roger Browning with O2's customer service over his iPhone aren't exclusive.  But, you may say (entirely fairly), one person's experience doesn't tell you anything; it's anecdote, and as Ben Goldacre has drummed into our heads …
Discussion: Being Connected and Guardian
 
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechFlash
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Microsoft ranked fifth worst spam service ISP
Discussion: The Register
Associated Press:
Juror dismissed for discussing case on Facebook
Discussion: The Register
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Introducing MicroPR, A PR Resource for Journalists, Analysts and Bloggers on Twitter
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Writers' Guild Claims Studios Ignoring Earlier Settlement As Actors …
Discussion: Associated Press
Gregg Keizer / LinuxWorld.com:
Mozilla eyes extra beta for Firefox 3.1
Discussion: Open Source
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Will undone deals be the next Big Thing in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: broadstuff
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
New England Venture Summit - VCs are still investing
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NYT sees success in Facebook push
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