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7:15 PM ET, November 26, 2008

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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.
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Terrorist Attacks In Bombay, Follow on Twitter
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 …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Apple Macs and Notebooks Remain Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas in 2008  —  With the 2008 holiday shopping season here, consumers looking for that special gift are likely checking out the new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro that hit the market earlier this year.  The two new Apple MacBooks remain high …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
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: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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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: WebProNews and Webware.com
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: Techdirt and Bloomberg
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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 and MacRumors
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 …
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.
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: Microsoft Pri0 and Plain Dealer
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.
James Plath / DVDTOWN.com 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 …
Fred / A VC:
A Growth Story  —  Yesterday I saw (and twittered) a comScore report on online spending this holiday season.  So far this holiday season (comScore calls Nov & Dec the holiday shopping season), $8.2bn has been spent online which is down 4% versus the same time period last year.  The report goes on to say:
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Despite Hard Times, Many Consumers Expect to Spend the Same …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Barack Obama's Change.gov Adds OpenID  —  OpenID has had a lot of big supporters, but this week President Elect Barack Obama's Change.gov added the ability for users to log in using an OpenID account and to post comments to sections of the website using OpenID.
Discussion: CNET News and OpenID
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Spam increasing again after shutdown of hosting company  —  Spammers knocked offline two weeks ago when their hosting company, McColo Corp., was shut down are finally coming back online, security researchers said on Wednesday.  —  San Jose, Calif.-based McColo was believed to be responsible …
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: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
 
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Famed Indian film director keeps a foot in Silicon Valley
William Neuman / New York Times:
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Chris Shipley / DEMO.com:
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Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
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Wall Street Journal:
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
Feuding India, Pakistani Hackers Deface Web Sites
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