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4:45 AM ET, November 29, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Cashback Having A Bad Black Friday  —  Microsoft lined up some great deals for Live Cashback users today.  But users are reporting that the site has been down much of the morning, and more than half of my attempts to connect are timing out.  Given the high volume of ecommerce sales that take place today, that's not good.
Business Technology:
Retail Sites Crash as Shopping Season Opens  —  Several retail Web sites experienced technical problems Friday, the latest reminder of one of the Internet's oldest rules: If you encourage people to visit your Web site, make sure the site can handle the extra traffic.
Associated Press:
Black Friday traffic takes down
Planetbeing / Linux on the iPhone:
LINUX ON THE IPHONE  —  Linux on the iPhone!  —  I'm pleased to announce that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to Apple's iPhone platform, with support for the first and second generation iPhones as well as the first generation iPod touch.  This is a rough first draft of the port …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Put Under Revision Control!  —  Last week, the New York Times wrote about Changes at … The changes, as it turned out, were mostly to tone down the partisan politics of the policy documents as published during the campaign.  But the lesson remains …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Joost is loosed on the iPhone.  Looks great, performance an issue  —  Joost, the once mega-hyped online video startup, has just launched a free application for the iPhone to grant mobile access to its videos.  With a nice, clean interface, this app could be a winner — if it can get over the performance issues currently plaguing it.
Associated Press:
Mother Wants Maximum Penalty in Cyberbullying Case  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax said Friday that she would ask that the maximum penalty be assigned to the woman convicted in the cyberbullying case.
Dyan Machan /
Jeff Bezos on the Future of  —  IN THE PAST decade, Jeff Bezos's online bookstore has exploded into an enterprise that sells everything — snowplows, canned goods, you name it.  More recently, (AMZN) has ventured into selling its own back-office software to other e-commerce businesses …
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon …
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Unlocking iPhone 3Gs—the Vietnamese way  —  Editor's note: CNET editor and Crave contributor Dong Ngo is spending the next month in his homeland of Vietnam, and plans to file occasional dispatches chronicling his impressions of how technology has permeated the culture there.
Discussion: MacBlogz and Appletell
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
As Carl Icahn Buys More Yahoo Shares, Is It the Sign That a CEO Choice Is Near?  —  When everyone else has been selling, it seems Carl Icahn has decided to throw good money after bad-as in nearly $1 billion bad-by buying almost seven million more Yahoo shares, according to a regulatory filing.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Icahn stock buy gives Yahoo shares a boost
Amy-Mae Elliott /
MSI WindBox unveiled … In France MSI has unveiled a new product into its Wind range that makes the comical moniker even more amusing.  —  The “WindBox” is a low-cost, Asus Eee Box rivalling desktop PC - or nettop as these machines are increasingly being labelled - with a fairly unique twist.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Responsible Tweeting: Mumbai Provides Teachable Moment  —  This morning when I checked the news about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, I saw many people on Twitter reporting that the Indian police or government had asked Twitter users to please stop reporting on police and military operations related to the attacks.
Discussion: Valleywag, Forbes and CNN
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Clearwire completes massive Sprint merger, gets $3.2 billion infusion  —  Clearwire and Sprint Nextel announced that they've finally completed the merger of their wireless broadband companies, a process that began in May.  —  Under the deal, Clearwire takes over Sprint's WiMax assets …
Discussion: DSLreports
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese internet giant sacks staff over paid for search listings  —  State media bring to light Baidu's practice of allowing unlicensed clinics to buy way into search results  —  China's internet giant Baidu has promised to overhaul its operations after state media accused …
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Don't know what you've got till it's gone  —  IWantSandy is folding, as are a number of web companies.  So is that restaurant you loved down the street.  Users are outraged.  Outraged!  —  When you find a service or establishment or product that gives you joy, it's tempting to keep it to yourself.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
ITV, Google Sign Paid Search Ads Deal; So Much For The ‘Parasite’  —  ITV (LSE: ITV) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) have signed a deal which will see the search giant power some web ads for the broadcaster. will start running AdSense text ads on its search results pages in the next 10 days or so.
Discussion: Guardian
Barack Obama's plans for the web  —  On election night, as it became clear that Barack Obama had won the election to become the 44th president of the United States, his supporters received an e-mail in their inboxes.
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Staska / Unwired View:
Motorola RAZR3/Ruby canceled
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear
Yun-Hee Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Global Chip Makers Plan Cutbacks
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
New iStorez site gives users the scoop on Black Friday
Discussion: CNET News
Bonnie Ruberg / Forbes:
How iPhone Cuts Business Travel Costs
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber-attack on Defense Department computers raises concerns
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Nokia E71 available at Rogers for $99.99
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
iPhone TV-out update: Now with control screen, camera feed
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Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Switching Off Standby Mode
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As holiday season closes in, e-books exploding in popularity
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Danish ISP ordered again to block Pirate Bay
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