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4:20 AM ET, November 27, 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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 digg.com
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens” Search Through BOSS
Discussion: WebProNews and Webware.com
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Is Email = Efail?  —  While I've always practiced reasonable email hygiene, for the last 6 months I've been in near-constant email bankruptcy mode.  This concerns me.  —  Yes, it's partly my fault for being a world champion procrastinator, but I'm not sure it's entirely my fault.
Dcornish / Connected Data:
Why we develop for the iPhone or “Swing where the ball will be”  —  This is the top story on Techmeme.  —  When the pitcher releases the ball a batter has to decide where they will swing.  If they wait too long the ball will be in the catcher's mitt before they decide.
Discussion: Edible Apple
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.
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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.
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Is No Longer Silicon Valley's Legal Defender  —  When Google settled the lawsuit over its book scanning project, we noted with disappointment how this appeared to signal the end of Google's earlier position of fighting certain legal battles on principle.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Internet worm exploits Windows vulnerability  —  A worm dubbed Win32/Conficker.A is making the rounds on Windows machines, exploiting a security hole that Microsoft released a patch for in October, Microsoft said on Wednesday.  —  The number of attacks have increased over the past couple of days …
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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 …
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: VentureBeat, iPhone Buzz and Appletell
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yelp's European Counterpart Qype Continues Global Expansion  —  The German startup community has been notorious for blatant clones of popular sites developed elsewhere (my personal favorite is Freundefeed).  One startup that is sometimes associated with this trend (perhaps unjustly) is Qype …
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
Reuters:
Nokia to cease sales in Japan, except high-end brand  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest cellphone maker, said on Thursday it will stop selling mobile phones in Japan except for its luxury Vertu brand after struggling to expand its presence.  —  Finnish Nokia has previously …
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras
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Vincent Laforet / Vincent Laforet's Blog:
7 Days, 7 Shoots - EOS 5D MKII
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
 
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Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
EarthCam preps for live stream of Thanksgiving Day Parade
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why you can't trust ‘friends’ on Facebook
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Famed Indian film director keeps a foot in Silicon Valley
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Oh Where, Oh Where Has Autonomy Gone?
William Neuman / New York Times:
Bad News Travels Fast, Courtesy of the M.T.A.
Discussion: Electronista
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Apple Macs and Notebooks Remain Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas in 2008
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Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Ads in user-uploaded videos - new work from Stanford
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Webmetricsguru
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Sending Secret Messages Via Google's SearchWiki System
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Lycos Europe To Shut Down After Failing To Find Buyer
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Shocking state of British broadband revealed
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