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3:10 PM ET, November 25, 2009


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Mac Pro / AppleInsider:
Apple authorized resellers launch Black Friday sales early [u]  —  As was the case last year, several Apple authorized resellers are getting a jump-start on the 2009 holiday shopping season by launching early Black Friday sales that offer up to $220 off Mac desktops and $250 off Mac notebooks.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Where to Find Black Friday Deals  —  The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and marks the official beginning of the holiday retail season. … So where can you find the Black Friday deals?  Google the term and a host of compilation sites pop up …
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Land:
Black Friday 2009: Bing Cashback Bumps, Users Searching For Deals
Discussion: eWeek and Nielsen Wire
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Chrome OS like lightning from a USB key: we could get used to this  —  We finally got around to prepping a USB key so we could boot to Chrome OS natively, and let us tell you: it's a world of difference.  Of course, running something natively instead of virtualized is always going to be a treat …
Bill Snyder / Bill Snyder's blog:
Chrome OS is from Mars, Windows is from Venus  —  Of course, the Chromebook won't be more powerful than a Windows PC.  It's just different — and that's good  —  No one loves a deathmatch more than the tech press.  It's great fun to handicap the opponents, talk knowingly about strategy …
Discussion: PC World, Download Squad and
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Emblaze's First Else unveiled in London, promises to be a game-changer  —  Folks, today might be the day when you start to notice how ancient our smartphones have become, even if they only came out in last few months.  Blame Else (formerly Emblaze Mobile) for their confusingly-named First Else …
Google Mobile Blog:
Get movie trailers and more with Google Search for mobile  —  Heads up, movie fans — today we've launched a mobile version of our new Google Search results for movies, which makes it easier to plan a trip to the movies.  Just go to in the web browser on your iPhone, Palm WebOS …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Wikileaks Says It Has Half-a-Million 9/11 Pager Messages  —  The document-leaking site Wikileaks says it's preparing to release 500,000 intercepted wireless pager messages from a 24-hour period encompassing the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  —  Site operators say they plan …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sues To Stop Power Adapter Knock Offs  —  A lawsuit filed on Monday charges a California-based company with copying a patented Apple design.  —  Apple on Monday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Media Solutions Holdings, a company based in Anaheim, Calif …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Brings Its Viewer App To Android Market  —  Ustream has just launched a version of its Ustream Viewer for Android Market, giving users the ability to access any Ustream footage while they're on the go, free of charge.  You'll be able to use the app for streaming video both over Wi-Fi and 3G.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
LinkedIn hits 3 million members in the UK, eyes IPO in not so near future  —  [UK] Business social network LinkedIn has hit a milestone in the UK, surpassing 3 million registered users in these parts.  Kevin Eyres, Managing Director Europe at LinkedIn, announced the feat at a London event …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Racist’ Obama pic removed  —  Hot Girls website apologises over ‘monkey’ picture that had been appearing at the top of Google Images searches  —  A blog hosting an offensive image of Michelle Obama with monkey features has removed it and posted an apology.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What's Really Behind the Rupe-a-Dope With Google and Microsoft?  Here Are Five Possibilities!  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  There certainly is a lot of noisy swirl of late around the escalating fight between Google and some traditional media companies over content online.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
If Newspapers Were Stores, Would Visitors Be “Worthless” Then?
Discussion: GMSV, Thanks:greenermags
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: A new look for Gmail and Google mobile web apps  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us …
Discussion: App Advice, Ubergizmo and Phone Scoop
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surveys: iPhone users pay for digital content, while Mac users are all individuals  —  iPhone users are happier to pay for digital content than the wider online population; while Mac users are more creative and individualistic, a pair of surveys released this morning claim.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Navigation App Waze Makes Crowdsourced Map-Building a Game  —  The latest edition of mobile navigation app Waze has just launched in the iTunes App Store and on the Android Market Place with the Symbian and Windows Mobile versions available on the Waze website.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Symantec Website Hack Exposes User Data  —  A hacker recently demonstrated how a SQL injection vulnerability in a Symantec Website could be exploited to reveal user data.  Symantec says the vulnerability ony impacts customers in Japan and South Korea.  —  A Website operated by security firm Symantec …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hot Potato Is Ready to Eat: Do Twitter, Facebook Users Want Another Real-Time Chatter Service?  —  Last month I told you about Hot Potato, one of the buzziest start-ups in the very buzzy “real time” sector.  Now you can check out the service yourself.  But not really.
Discussion: alarm:clock and Daily Patricia
Ian Douglas /
Microsoft marketing thinks that women = Sugababes  —  Aiming for that crucial eight-year-old girls market, Microsoft's abysmal marketing department have signed up the Sugababes as the new face of Windows 7.  Follow the three unrecognisable singer-dancer-actress-models in a series …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
The iPhone comes to Tesco — will a price war follow?  —  [UK] Is an iPhone price war about to break out?  After Vodafone and Orange bagged the iPhone - after O2's two year monopoly expired in September - we learn today that Tesco, the UK supermarket leviathan, is to sell the iPhone on Tesco Mobile …
Ikea campaign innovation on Facebook breaks new ground  —  Marketing through Social Media channels still leaves many marketers scratching their heads but occasionally the industry is provided with some inspiration to help provide a guiding light.  Take for example a new project to help market …
Discussion: CNET News
Nick Spence / Macworld:
Touch DJ brings full-featured DJ skills to iPhone  —  Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from Macworld UK.  Visit Macworld UK's blog page for the latest Mac news from across the Atlantic.  —  Amidio has released an app called Touch DJ, which the company claims …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Smartbook Says Bloggers Can't Use The Word Smartbook Anymore.  Smartbook.  —  For most of us, the term ‘smartbook’ (a device that's somewhere in between a smartphone and a netbook) is nothing but the latest tech buzzword du jour.  For German company Smartbook, however …
Discussion: EE Times and
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
eBay opens auction app for BlackBerry  —  RIM's BlackBerry App World is slowly but surely gaining ground as a storefront for distributing BlackBerry applications. eBay is the latest major company to forge a presence in the storefront, in the form of an eBay app for BlackBerry auctioneers in the U.S. and Canada.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Launching E-Book Service In Japan  —  Google will launch an e-book service called Google Edition in Japan, according to Japanese business paper Nikkei.  —  Book publishers will determine the prices of the books, keeping 63% of the sales.  The service debuts in English speaking countries …
Discussion: MarketWatch
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
30,000 Internet Users to Receive File-Sharing Cash Demands  —  For regular readers of TorrentFreak, this fresh news can hardly come as a surprise.  The supposed anti-piracy scheme originally pioneered in the UK in conjunction with lawyers Davenport Lyons rolls on, but now in the hands of ACS:Law and their partners DigiProtect.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
White House official's net neutrality comments irk AT&T  —  White House official links the issue to censorship in China  —  AT&T doesn't like the idea of new regulations mandating unfettered access to the Internet, and recent comments from the Obama administration that connected the issue …
Prosecutors Seek Jail Sentence for Google Managers in Italy Web-Video Case  —  Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) — Milan prosecutors requested one-year jail sentences for two Google Inc. executives and the company's former chief financial officer if they're found guilty of privacy violations and libel breaches.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows 7 passes Mac OS X in market share race
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Ed Bayley / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Launches New “Terms of (Ab)Use” Page
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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde wants your credit card number
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Scamville Shakeout: Was Gambit The Right Fall Guy?
Discussion: Gambit Blog
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Identity in the Browser (Firefox)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Dropbox Raises $7.25M, Crosses 3M Users
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:chrismessina
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Take-down notices going after Microsoft Cofee
Discussion: The Register