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1:35 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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and TheNextWeb.com
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 …
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) …
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 …
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?  —  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 …
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
PC Pro:
Shocking state of British broadband revealed  —  The deplorable speed of British broadband connections has been revealed in the the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, which show that 42.3% of broadband connections are slower than 2Mb/sec.
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Mmpc / Microsoft® Malware Protection Center:
More MS08-067 Exploits  —  As expected, we are seeing another wave of attacks exploiting the vulnerability detailed in security bulletin MS08-067.  —  Early last week we blogged about MS08-067 exploits.  At that time, the number of exploits in the wild was still low and they were mostly targeted attacks.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Security Bytes and MSRC
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
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: Boy Genius Report and InfoWorld
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, PS3 Fanboy and Gizmodo
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 …
 
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
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Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
Will undone deals be the next Big Thing in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: broadstuff