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2:40 PM 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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sale!  All Macs must go!  —  You know times are tight when even Steve Jobs starts cutting prices.  —  Apple (AAPL), which keeps the tightest reins on list prices in the business, seems to have loosened them significantly this holiday season.  Authorized resellers who normally …
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens” Search Through BOSS  —  Yahoo announced an expansion to the BOSS technology named “vertical lens” technology.  In short, this allows developers build their own vertical search engines using Yahoo's search technology, through BOSS.  This new technology is replacing Yahoo's old Search Builder tool.
Discussion: Webware.com and WebProNews
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Search the Web Through a Vertical Lens  —  Over the last few months we've showcased a handful of innovative mashups that developers have created using Yahoo! Search BOSS.  The creations have ranged in functionality and focus, but all have included interesting applications of Yahoo! Search's index, infrastructure and technology.
Discussion: TechCrunch
David Pogue / New York Times:
BlackBerry Storm Downgraded to a Depression  —  Research in Motion (RIM), the company who brought us the BlackBerry, has been on a roll lately.  For a couple of years now, it's delivered a series of gorgeous, functional, supremely reliable smartphones that, to this day, outsell even the much-adored iPhone.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SEC Outlines Its Reasoning For Shutting Down P2P Lender Prosper  —  Last month, peer-to-peer lender Prosper stopped all new lending on its site because of scrutiny by the SEC. Prosper agreed to register under the Securities Act, a process which can take months.
Yahoo! Tech:
Could it be a Blue Christmas for Blu-ray?  — This holiday buying season is going to be the first big market challenge for Blu-ray.  This will be Blu-ray's first holiday season as the unquestioned HD format leader, but with the economy in the state that it is, will it be able to actually manage …
Discussion: Electronista
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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Yahoo Still Losing Search Share: Time To Do Deal, Focus On Display  —  Yahoo should do a a search deal with Microsoft now, if only so it can focus on its strengths — on and off network advertising to its tremendously large audience.  —  Nielsen's October U.S. search share rankings show Yahoo's …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
comScore: Yahoo Still Major Player In Japan
Discussion: Webware.com and comScore
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Gmgfarrand / Instructables:
VGA to USB power!  —  introVGA to USB power!  —  This INSTRUCTABLE came into being because of the new craze of NETBOOKS.  —  These small laptops have only 3 or less USB ports which is fine for some people, but for others that want to use an external Mouse, Keyboard, or just want to charge your MP3 player …
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
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) …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Feuding India, Pakistani Hackers Deface Web Sites  —  Indian and Pakistani hackers have once again taken politics to the web, hacking and defacing web sites in the two countries.  —  A group believed to be composed of Indian hackers took control of the Web site of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Ratlam …
Discussion: Switched
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Lycos Europe To Shut Down After Failing To Find Buyer  —  It's the end of the road.  After putting itself on the auction block in April, Lycos Europe has finally conceded what had become increasingly clear - no one wants to buy the ailing portal.  It confirmed Wednesday morning it will wind …
Daniel Lim / SlashGear:
More 5D Mark II video - Vincent Laforet's 7 days 7 shoots  —  Three months after its introduction, Canon finally ships the EOS 5D Mark II; but due to the holiday and huge demand of this 5D sequel, early adopters may not be able to get their unit in time for turkey session.
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Sending Secret Messages Via Google's SearchWiki System  —  Greetings.  I've previously written of some concerns associated with Google's new “SearchWiki” feature, a concept with considerable merit in theory, but as currently implemented appears to be easily abused.
Discussion: Slashdot and FoOlRulez blog.
IDC:
Social Network Users Less Receptive To Advertising, IDC Survey finds  —  More than half of U.S. consumers with Internet access use social networking services (SNS), such as Facebook and MySpace, and penetration will continue to grow.  According to a new study from IDC, consumers …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Shares May Fall Further
Discussion: Valleywag and Know It All
PC Pro:
Shocking state of British broadband revealed
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac small business share nearly triples over the summer
Discussion: TUAW
Anand Agarwal / PlayStation.Blog:
New Peripherals Update: Wireless Keypad and AC Adaptor
Discussion: Engadget, PS3 Fanboy and Gizmodo
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
The video you'll love to hate
Discussion: Macenstein and Marketing.fm
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Is O2's grip on the iPhone putting customers off?
Discussion: Being Connected
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Associated Press:
Juror dismissed for discussing case on Facebook
Discussion: The Register and Technology Live
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
StatShot: BitTorrent Loves Batman
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
Toshiba presents new 16GB microSDHC and two SDHC cards
InfoWorld:
Test Center review: AT&T Fuze sparks Windows Mobile
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and InfoWorld
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
Discussion: Guardian, SlashGear and digg.com
 

 
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