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4:35 PM ET, November 26, 2010

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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More  —  Following on the heels of this week's domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it's clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy.  Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain …
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Nick Saint / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Homeland Security Is Seizing Internet Domains Left And Right  —  The Department of Homeland Security's ICE has launched a major crackdown on websites enabling copyright infringement or selling counterfeits of trademarked goods.  In just the past few days ICE has seized at least 12 domains, TorrentFreak reports.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
DigiTimes:
Apple to add 5 new features to iPad 2, says paper  —  A Chinese-language Economy Daily News (EDN) report citing industry sources claims Apple will add five new features to the iPad 2: video phone, better mobility, USB port, new display technology and 3-axis gyroscopes.
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad 2 Getting Gyroscope, Retina Display, USB?  —  Around this time last year, the rumor mill for “Apple's tablet” started cranking hard.  This year, the rumor mill for the iPad 2 is starting to warm up, but we don't think it's going to be quite as interesting.
Discussion: Computerworld, BlogsDNA and TiPb
Electronista:
Microsoft Black Friday: free netbook with Office, Mac deal  —  Not normally known for its Black Friday deals, Microsoft today launched a promo that promises major giveaways, including for Mac users.  The highlight is a free Dell Mini 1018 netbook with a copy of Office Home and Business 2010 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout Now Offers Black Friday Deals  —  Last year, Google Checkout debuted a holiday savings promotion in time for Cyber Monday, the monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  It looks like Google has gotten a slight head start this year, and is now offering Black Friday promotions for Google Checkout promotions.
Discussion: Examiner, GigaOM, Gearlog and SAI
Arn / MacRumors:
Black Friday 2010: List of Apple and 3rd Party Discounts on Apple and Mac Products
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Twitter lacks ‘clear long term vision’ admits new CEO  —  Dick Costolo, Twitter's chief executive, has admitted that the microblogging company is currently lacking a clear long term vision.  —  Dick Costolo, formerly the chief operating officer of Twitter, took over as the company's chief executive officer last month.
Discussion: SAI, Scripting News, VentureBeat and Pulse2, Thanks:michaelkroker
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft: Using ChevronWP7 unlock could render Windows Phone 7 permanently unusable  —  Microsoft has responded to the recent news of an unlock tool for Windows Phone 7.  —  A Windows Phone 7 “unlock” tool was released on Thursday that allows owners to side load home-brew applications.
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Paul Paliath / GeekSmack:
Interview: A chat with the guys behind ChevronWP7
Discussion: ChevronWP7, Thanks:paulz0r
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Japan Real Time:
No iPhone?  DoCoMo Turns to the Dark Side … After losing out on the rights to sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone to Softbank Corp. in the Japanese market, NTT DoCoMo Inc., the country's top mobile carrier, is aggressively promoting rival smartphone offerings such as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy handset.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
‘Collections’, PDF E-Mailing and Printing coming to iBooks  —  Just yesterday we reported that Steve Jobs informed a customer that better iBooks management would be ‘coming’ and today we got our hands on the details.  First of all folders are indeed coming to iBooks for iOS and are similar to the folders on the iOS 4 homescreen.
DigiTimes:
Monthly MacBook shipments in 4Q10 to reach 1 million units  —  Apple's global shipments of MacBook series notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2010 will reach a monthly average of one million units, with MacBook Air models to account for 20-25% of the volume, according to sources from notebook component makers.
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japan iPhone craze attracts global app developers  —  TOKYO - The iPhone's popularity in Japan is cracking open an industry long thought inaccessible to outsiders.  —  For years, the typical Japanese cell phone — built to operate on a network hardly used anywhere else in the world …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Los Angeles Times:
For some, the Microsoft Store concept is a puzzle  —  The stores, now totaling seven, may be just about keeping the brand in the public consciousness, an analyst speculates.  Unlike at the Apple stores, many of the products offered can be found elsewhere.  Then there's the missing ‘cool’ factor.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome and Multiple Profiles  —  Google Chrome has always supported multiple profiles, but you had to use a command-line flag (—user-data-dir="c:\path\to\the\p rofile") to associate a profile with a folder where the browser will save its state.  —  At some point, Google added an option …
Chris Chang / M.I.C gadget:
The End of Apple CEO Action Figure  —  A few hours ago, we have just received an email from a law firm representing Apple.Inc. Apple has informed us that this phenomenal SJ action figure, has not consented to the use of Apple's copyrights and trademarks, therefore they request us immediately …
Discussion: Examiner, MacStories and Fortune
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
So Google's Buying Your Startup.  Now What?  —  Google's M&A chief has to persuade founders to stick around, often with financial incentives and the promise of expanded roles  —  You'd think David Lawee has it easy.  He's the mergers-and-acquisitions chief for Google (GOOG) …
Discussion: SAI
Richard Tyler / Telegraph:
Groupon explains why Google is in takeover talks  —  US voucher website Groupon, which trades in the UK as MyCityDeal, sets out why companies like Google and Yahoo! are interested in the fast growing company  —  Groupon has revealed why companies like Yahoo and Google may want to buy the fast growing online discount voucher company.
Discussion: Pulse2, SAI and The Next Web
Dark Shikari / Diary Of An x264 Developer:
Patent skullduggery: Tandberg rips off x264 algorithm  —  Update: Tandberg claims they came up with the algorithm independently: to be fair, I can actually believe this to some extent, as I think the algorithm is way too obvious to be patented.  Of course, they also claim that the algorithm …
Discussion: Inquirer and THINQ.co.uk
Matthew Campbell / Bloomberg:
Google Signs France Artists Deal to Cool Tensions From Copyright Battles  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube unit will pay three French artistic collection agencies for the use of their members' works, continuing an effort to cool tensions with creative groups and regulators in France.
 
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Motion, Sensitive  —  WHAT does it mean to play a game?
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Police in the UK are seeking authority to close domains
Discussion: BBC, TechEye and THINQ.co.uk
Roope Tassberg / Nokia Beta Labs:
Introducing Nokia Situations - tell your device how you want it to behave
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ThinkMobile
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Address Book Wars Continue: Facebook Contact-Scraping Chrome …
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Pirate Bay trial appeal: Defendants face $6.5m fine and jail time
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