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3:05 PM ET, November 27, 2009

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Mac Pro / AppleInsider:
Black Friday Mac and iPod price guides: find the lowest prices  —  Apple early Friday morning kicked off its annual Black Friday sale, offering $101 off MacBook Pros and iMacs.  However, the Mac maker's authorized resellers have far undercut the company, slashing up to $300 off MacBook Pros and $180 off iMacs.
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Anita Davis / Media Asia:
Twitter Japan to introduce payment model  —  TOKYO - Twitter Japan has further moved to differentiate itself from its global counterpart through the introduction of a tiered payment model that will charge audiences to view tweets from premium Twitter accounts.
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
6 Reasons Why Twitter Japan's Subscription Model Might Work (In Japan)  —  We reported today that Digital Garage, Twitter's partner in Japan, is ready to roll out a new, Japan-only way to monetize the service.  The way it'll work is pretty simple: Japanese Twitter users will soon be able …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Acer launches Android phone, says targets on track  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Acer Inc started to sell its first mobile phone model running on Google's Android software this week, and will introduce more Android handsets next year, the head of its phone unit said on Thursday.
The Official Google Blog:
The new Black (Friday)  —  The traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, has arrived.  If you're anything like us, you'll be seeking out the newest, coolest products and best deals today as you make those special holiday purchases.  —  Using Insights for Search …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
iTunes tagging goes live on Absolute Radio  —  Absolute Radio has become the first European station to activate the iTunes tagging service available to iPod nano owners.  —  Listeners of Absolute Radio, on 105.8 FM in London, who use the nano's built-in radio player, will now be able to ‘tag’ songs they like.
Discussion: The Next Web
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Lawyers target ‘pirates’ for cash  —  Around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.  —  ACS:Law plan to send notes to the accused in the New Year offering a chance to settle out of court for “several hundreds of pounds”.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Is Apple not worried about unlicensed iPhone lyric apps?  —  We noticed a funny thing today when browsing our RSS feed of new iPhone music apps.  A company called Apptism has released a bunch of apps called ‘Sing Along With...’, except not with the actual artist names in the app title.
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Samsung's bada Mobile Platform Due Dec. 8th  —  Samsung, after unveiling its open mobile platform for touch screen-based mobile phones, bada, earlier this month, and launching a related web site, has confirmed the date of its December launch event to deliver the SDK: Dec. 8th.
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Lora Kolodny / New York Times:
Should Start-Ups Pay to Pitch?  —  A new business plan competition is kicking up a controversy: Should start-ups pay to pitch to investors?  And if yes, how much is too much?  —  Most United States-based competitions allow entrepreneurs to apply and compete free.
Dave Munger / Cognitive Daily:
What your Facebook page says about who you “really” are  —  Recently a woman had her sick leave benefits based on a diagnosis of clinical depression terminated because of a few pictures she posted on her Facebook page showing her smiling at a birthday party and enjoying a trip to the beach.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Psystar promised investors huge clone sales  —  But clone maker sold just 768 systems, says Apple's economist  —  Computerworld - The Mac clone maker now fighting for its life in federal court pitched an extremely aggressive business plan to potential investors last year …
 
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