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11:50 AM ET, November 26, 2009


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Turning Times Square Into A Giant Voice Search Experiment On Black Friday  —  There are few things more terrifying to me than the idea of going anywhere near a shopping establishment on Black Friday.  But if I lived in New York City, I think I would this year because Google, Verizon …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Black Friday Is for Suckers  —  Netbooks, e-book readers, and other post-Thanksgiving bargains to avoid.  —  Black Friday is a treacherous time.  Lured in by the promise of fantastic bargains, you flock to local big-box retailers, facing the threat of injury or even death to grab unbelievably cheap “doorbuster” gizmos.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TeleRead
Aayush Arya / Macworld:
Black Friday deals for Mac and iPhone software  —  Thursday is Thanksgiving, the holiday season is upon us, and Black Friday is coming, well, Friday.  And you know what that means—discounts.  Before you go out and brave the throngs of shoppers crowding the malls, have a look at some Mac …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Prepare Your iPhone for Black Friday
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Deletes All Infringing Torrents and Goes ‘Legal’  —  Mininova's decision to delete all infringing torrents from its index marks the end of an era that started five years ago.  —  In December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape.
Mininova blog:
Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service  —  Today is an important day in the history of Mininova.  From now on, we are limiting to our Content Distribution service.  By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.
Discussion: and Softpedia News, Thanks:arjo
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft ‘worked with Apple’ for Silverlight on iPhone, says Goldfarb  —  It was an impressive demonstration, once they got it working: H.264 video streaming wirelessly (and slowly, at least during the caching sequence) using Microsoft's Silverlight video streaming, to an Apple iPhone.
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Ikee worm author gets job at iPhone app firm  —  The author of the world's first iPhone worm must be feeling pretty chirpy today, because he's managed to get himself a job as an iPhone application developer.  —  21-year-old Australian Ashley Towns, revealed that he was going to join mogeneration …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What If Steve Jobs Hadn't Returned To Apple In 1997?  —  Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. Traditionally we take stock of the things that we're thankful for on this day each year.  And I realized that one of those things is Steve Jobs.  I'm thankful that he returned to Apple in 1997 and did the things he has done since.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Check the Redesigned Google (With Always-Visible Sidebar) Yourself  —  When you paste the following into the address bar of your browser when on and hit return, you should find yourself as new participant of Google's latest and more all-encompassing prototype test - the one with a new logo …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Why Google Will Buy  —  One piece Google needs in its retail shopping engine, Google products, is the ability to determine if the items searched for online are in stock at local physical stores.  Acquiring would instantly give Google the technology to make that happen.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Qualcomm's Mobile Payment Strategy: Fix the “Costanza Wallet”  —  While Qualcomm for many is synonymous with wireless, the company acquired Atlanta-based mobile banking startup Firethorn two years ago with an eye to also becoming a major player in the mobile payment space.
Corel Holdings Announces Successful Tender Offer and Commencement of Subsequent Offering Period  —  Corel Holdings, L.P. ("CHLP"), a limited partnership controlled by an affiliate of Vector Capital, today announced that it has successfully completed its all-cash tender offer to purchase …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register
Louis Gray:
Is There a Looming Battle Over OAuth's Successor?  —  The OAuth protocol, used on many popular Web sites and applications to pass your credentials between sites without requiring the entry of your user name and password, including Twitter, is potentially under pressure from a team …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Nearly half the money spent at US retail on desktop PCs goes to Apple  —  In October, Mac US retail desktop computer revenue share was 47.71, percent up from 33.44 percent a year earlier, according to NPD.  It's a stunning number, given just how many Windows PC companies combined command …
The ‘all-you-can-eat’ music powerhouse, Nokia X6, now shipping  —  Helsinki, Finland - The Nokia Comes With Music Flagship phone, the Nokia X6, is now available in selected markets.  Through the ‘all-you-can-eat’ music offering the Nokia X6 pioneers new ways for the world to experience music.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Nice try, Mac geniuses, but we're filtering your tweets  —  There's something suspicious about all these stories about Mac fans “hijacking” the live #holidaywindows Twitter feed that Microsoft is using to display holiday messages at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Discussion: TG Daily
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Microsoft's Xbox Live Sees 2 Million Facebook Users in First Week — What's Next?  —  Microsoft put out a press release yesterday touting the success of its Xbox Live console gaming network, and the company included some stats about its new integration with Facebook and other web services.
Discussion: Softpedia News and
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Talking to Developers About New Plans for Its Virtual Currency  —  Facebook first broached the idea of creating its own virtual currency for third-party developers back in December of 2007.  The company has slowly rolled the “Credits” product out.  First it introduced the currency …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brian Heater / AppScout:
New Site Logs iPhone App Store Rejections  —  Last week I wrote a column for PCMag discussing the state of Apple's iPhone vetting process.  In the piece, I stated, “No one but Apple knows precisely how many apps have been rejected.”  The creator of App Rejections responded this week, saying …
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March / Bloomberg:
Draper Fisher to Raise $400 Million for Startups in India, U.S.
Discussion: The Next Web
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Not Done Giving: Free Wi-Fi in Even More Airports
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA to FCC: critics of video blocking proposals are lying
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI reportedly to layoff 10-20% of employees in early 2010
Discussion: Maximum PC, and TechSpot
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Washington Post, link up for book sale experiment
Discussion: TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU hearing on Oracle, Sun deal on Dec 10 - sources
Discussion: The Register and Softpedia News
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
PREVIEW: Tweetie 2.1 for iPhone Gets Twitter List Support
Discussion: App Advice
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses The Brains Behind Boss
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Profiles Turn Into OpenIDs