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12:00 PM ET, November 26, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: The Register, Gearlog and Inquirer
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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.
Natasha Lomas / CNET News:
U.K. agency bans ‘really fast’ iPhone ad  —  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned another iPhone ad after consumers complained it exaggerated the speed of the device.  —  A recent TV ad for the iPhone 3G stated: “So what's so great about 3G?  It's what helps you get the news, really fast.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Apple iPhone ad banned over misleading internet speed claims
Discussion: IntoMobile and p2pnet
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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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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Bigger Black Friday Bargains This Year?  —  So, just how big will be the bargains be 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
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sale! All Macs must go!
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
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 …
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 …
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 and Marketing.fm
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 …
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
Anand Agarwal / PlayStation.Blog:
New Peripherals Update: Wireless Keypad and AC Adaptor  —  Hey everyone, we wanted to provide an update on the new Peripherals we are launching this holiday.  First, the Wireless Keypad for the PS3 will be available in stores starting the first week of December.
Discussion: Engadget
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
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.
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
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Why can't Microsoft make money online?  —  “You've had Ballmer and [chairman Bill] Gates telling the world for years that online success is critical for Microsoft,” says Benjamin Schachter, an online-ad analyst with UBS.  “But they don't say what success is.”
Discussion: GigaOM
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
 
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechFlash
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is O2's grip on the iPhone putting customers off?
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Associated Press:
Juror dismissed for discussing case on Facebook
Discussion: The Register and Technology Live
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Introducing MicroPR, A PR Resource for Journalists, Analysts and Bloggers on Twitter
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Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
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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?
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