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9:20 AM 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, Inquirer and Guardian
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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.
asa.org.uk:
ASA Adjudications  —  Apple (UK) Ltd  —  Number of complaints: 17  —  Media:  —  Sector:  —  Computers and telecommunications  —  Agency:  —  TBWA\London Ltd  —  Ad  —  A 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: Alley Insider and mocoNews.net
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  —  Sling.com, the streaming site of Slingbox maker Sling Media, has emerged from private beta and is opening up access to its video content to the public.  —  With the move, which was expected, Sling.com delivers TV episodes, clips, full-length movies …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile, SlashGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
Discussion: Inquirer and TechSpot
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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.
Discussion: Business Wire
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: Electronista and Gizmodo
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PR Newswire:
Toshiba to Launch 16GB microSDHC
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Business Technology:
Online Retail: Dead or Just Resting?  —  Online retailers are hoping that the United States is a nation of procrastinators.  —  Because the holiday season will be rough if current trends continue.  The amount of money consumers spent online on retail goods between November 1 and November 23 fell 4% …
Discussion: shop.org, Bits and VatorNews
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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
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Microsoft's Zune To Evolve Into New “Pink” Smart Phone?  —  I'm hearing from a good source that Microsoft is ready to give a major facelift to the company's Zune music player that could mean its evolution into a new smart phone from the company.  —  My source says that the new device falls under …
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Google LatLong:
Happier travels through Street View with Pegman  —  Today we're happy to announce some big improvements to the Street View feature in Google Maps!  Thanks to feedback from our users, we've now made Street View even better and easier to use.  —  For one thing, Pegman, our plucky mascot, is now close at hand wherever you go.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message  —  Research Triangle Park (NC) - You lost your notebook?  You are worried about the data that might be exposed.  No problem: Kill the notebook with a text message.  Well, sort of.  —  As notebook theft is becoming an increasingly important topic …
Discussion: SlashGear and digg.com
Arn / MacRumors:
QuickTime 7.5.7 for DisplayPort Allows Standard Definition Playback  —  Apple has issued a new QuickTime update for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air which come equipped with the mini DisplayPort.  The update addresses the issue of standard definition playback through the DisplayPort:
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 …
Live Search:
Webmaster tools now sniffing for malware  —  Last week we announced Project Silk Road, our vision for delivering a broad suite of products and services for publishers and web developers, including a customizable Live Search API, rich content, multiple media and source types, and the ability to monetize through ad-serving.
Andy Robinson / ComputerAndVideoGames.com:
New PS3 firmware due tomorrow  —  PlayStation.com sends word that the next PS3 firmware update, version 2.53 will be broadcast across the PlayStation Network tomorrow.  —  Among the changes in 2.53 is full screen support for Flash videos, power save options to stop your controllers dieing out and …
 
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Richard Jalichandra / Technorati:
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