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11:20 PM ET, November 26, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr  —  Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they're starting to catch up now).  People are giving first hand reports of what they're seeing directly on Twitter.
David Pogue / New York Times:
No Keyboard?  And You Call This a BlackBerry?  —  Research in Motion (R.I.M.), the company that 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.
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
First impressions: Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display  —  As we noted yesterday, Apple's new 24-inch Cinema Display has shipped, and arrived this afternoon.  While we have only had about an hour to test it out so far, we're quite pleased.  It should be noted that this new display …
Discussion: MacBlogz, MacRumors and
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens” Search Through BOSS
Discussion: WebProNews and
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet returns from the dead, starts spamming  —  Criminals regain control after security firm stops preemptively registering routing domains  —  Computerworld) A big spam-spewing botnet shut down two weeks ago has been resurrected, security researchers said today, and is again under the control of criminals.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lori Drew Not Guilty of Felonies in Landmark Cyberbullying Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Lori Drew, the 49-year-old woman charged in the first federal cyberbullying case, was cleared of felony computer-hacking charges by a jury Wednesday morning, but convicted of three misdemeanors.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Techdirt and Hack a Day
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills Canadian SMS updates.  Can the U.S. be far behind?  —  As regular readers know, I hate SMS (text messaging).  It's not the idea or technology that I hate, it's just the ridiculous costs associated with it.  Why should I pay AT&T $15 a month for unlimited text messages …
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 2.2 SDK offers undocumented TV-out features  —  The other day, Ars showed you how to dump iPhone frameworks.  Today, we can confirm that the updated MediaPlayer framework (it's a public framework) offers a working solution for exporting video out live to a connected TV screen.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why you can't trust ‘friends’ on Facebook  —  Facebook is popular and growing — especially with criminals.  Here's why they love it.  —  Computerworld) Every form of communication, from snail-mail to e-mail, chat and others, is subject to fraud and scams.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Barack Obama's Adds OpenID  —  OpenID has had a lot of big supporters, but this week President Elect Barack Obama's added the ability for users to log in using an OpenID account and to post comments to sections of the website using OpenID.
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Microsoft shuts down LeBron James  —  In a move that might be a lesson for my beloved (and, just occasionally, beloathed) Golden State Warriors this Friday, Microsoft has shut down LeBron James.  —  Two years ago, MSN and the Cleveland Cavalier superhero who looks 35 and is, allegedly, 13 or 14, announced big plans.
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Microsoft Pri0
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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Oh Where, Oh Where Has Autonomy Gone?  —  One of the few constants in Silicon Valley has been a giant billboard set on a hill beside Highway 101, near San Francisco airport.  For eight years, the billboard has carried a variety of messages from Autonomy, a high-end search company that few people know.
James Plath / News:
Samsung Blu-ray players to deliver Netflix in HD  —  Tools:  —  Recommend this news to a friend »  —  Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that its two cutting-edge Blu-ray players, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 …
Stephen Shankland /
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 …
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone OS 2.2 Problems Run Rampant  —  Users, in droves, continue to report a bevy of issues after the update to iPhone OS 2.2.  Among the most serious and widespread problems: disappearing applications (both Apple's and third-party), loss of WiFi connectivity, loss of 3G or EDGE signal strength and an inability to sync with iTunes.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Appletell
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony movies trickling into Xbox 360 via Netflix Instant Watch  —  Last week, we reported that Sony had balked at letting its movies and TV shows be streamed by Netflix to Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console.  —  That was then.  Now it seems that a number of titles from Sony and its subsidiaries …
Discussion: CNET News
William Neuman / New York Times:
Bad News Travels Fast, Courtesy of the M.T.A.  —  Sometimes your commute comes with a surprise: you get down to the subway platform and find it crammed with people.  The crowd grows and grows, but no train comes.  Somewhere up the line there is a stuck train, a sick passenger or some other delay.
Discussion: Electronista
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
Icahn Doubles Down: Buys Another 7 Million Shares of Yahoo!  —  Well, don't accuse Carl Icahn of cutting and running.  After losing $1 billion on his massive Yahoo bet—he bought 69 million shares last spring at about $25—Carl Icahn has (figuratively speaking) doubled down.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters  —  Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
You're doing it wrong: Motorola astroturfs just about everyone  —  Joel at BBG has found a bunch of threads from MGOODE08, apparently a shill for Motorola who posts comments to gadget sites about the Motorola Krave. … And before that: … UPDATE - I found that MGoode is now appearing on CrunchGear as well.
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