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4:15 AM ET, November 28, 2008

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Stephanie Busari / CNN:
Tweeting the terror: How social media reacted to Mumbai  —  (CNN) — It was the day social media appeared to come of age and signaled itself as a news-gathering force to be reckoned with.  —  The minute news broke of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, social media sites like Twitter were inundated with a huge volume of messages.
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Labnol / Digital Inspiration:
Terror Attacks in Mumbai & Overestimating the Potential of Twitter  —  What just happened in Mumbai has given us ("bloggers") another chance to proclaim that Twitter, and not mainstream media, is “the” place to go for getting breaking news updates.  See this conversation on Techmeme.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Black Friday Sales Begin Around the World  —  Apple's Black Friday sales have begun around the world in their New Zealand store and Australia stores.  The sales show modest discounts similar to previous years.  —  The only Macs that are on sale include the iMac and the MacBook.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Ads for Terrorism Spotted on Mumbai Stories  —  These may be the most offensive Google Ads ever seen.  Spotted in two separate incidents next to stories about the Mumbai attacks on the site IBN Live, they're a typical example of the tactlessness of automated ad targeting systems.
Discussion: Notes from Earth and pluGGd.in
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Facebook: Please Let Us Spam Your Email Box  —  At least a year ago, we found Facebook's email notification settings page and turned off all of its alerts.  Why?  We have no interest in getting an email every time someone requests to be friends, tags us in photos, sends us an event invitation, etc.
Economist:
Not ye olde banners  —  Internet advertising will be relatively unscathed in the downturn  —  AT THE beginning of the year Jeff Zucker, the boss of NBC Universal, a big television and film company, told an audience of TV executives that their biggest challenge was to ensure …
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Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Online ad study shatters myths
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fring Lays Off 20%, Says Business Is Surging  —  Israel-based mobile VoIP startup Fring joins the layoff parade by letting 10 people, or around 20% of total staff, go.  Company CEO Avi Shechter says the company is doing well, though, and the layoffs were to ensure that the company had enough capital to get them past 2009.
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Sexy CNN Anchor Puts Out Absolutely Terrible Gadget Gift Guide  —  Oh, Veronica De La Cruz of CNN.  I understand that you are young.  I also understand that you are hot—especially when compared to some of the other folks (*cough*LarryKing*cough*) you work with.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Thanksgiving parade gets a live ‘Rickroll’  —  The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York got “Rickrolled” on Thursday.  —  If you weren't watching the parade live or on TV, you probably saw the mass influx of Twitter messages: '80s pop singer Rick Astley, whose cheesy song …
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
Grandma's on the Computer Screen  —  DEER PARK, N.Y. — Her grandfather wanted to play tea party, but Alexandra Geosits, 2½, insisted she had only apple juice.  She held out a plastic cup, giggling as she waited to see if he would accept the substitute.
Discussion: Alfred Thompson … and Smart Mobs
Jesse Brown / Search Engine:
Is Canada becoming a digital ghetto?  —  Here are three things that suck about being Canadian right now:  — Last week the CRTC sided with Bell against a group of small Internet Service Providers who want to offer their customers unthrottled connections where what they download is their own business and not subject to interference.
Discussion: Vue Weekly, p2pnet and VentureBeat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
European Head Toby Coppel Departs Yahoo  —  Yahoo is losing yet another top executive-Toby Coppel, its EVP and managing director of Europe and Canada, is set to announce today that he is stepping down.  —  The departure, which has been in the works for months, is not related to the recent news …
Discussion: paidContent and CNET News
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
TweetsGiving uses Twitter to fund a classroom in Africa on Thanksgiving
Paul Meller / PC World:
Europe to Cap Prices for Roaming Text Messages and Data
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In the wake of MySpace verdict, could social networks do more to protect consumers?
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Shut Down Alexa Web Search Service; Practically No One Affected
Discussion: TechFlash
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
U.S. Army Goes Bot Hunting
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Releases Long-Awaited Mac Version
Discussion: TechCrunch, TUAW and digg.com
Electronista:
Nokia intros Home Control Center platform
Discussion: CNET News and IntoMobile
Electronista:
Nokia 5800 sees limited shipping
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake iPhone Flip doesn't look that bad
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