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11:00 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?
Discussion: PC World, BlogsDNA and TiPb
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple bans Android magazine app  —  Tells a Danish publisher he can't sell a magazine about Google's OS in Apple's App Store  —  Tuesday seems to have been Apple's (AAPL) day for saying “No.”  —  First Apple Legal ordered the Chinese manufacturer of a Steve Jobs look-alike doll to stop making the popular action figure.
Discussion: MediaWatch and The Next Web
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Cydia hack enables Airplay in all apps  —  Following on from Erica's Sadun's discovery of a way to enable AirPlay Video streaming in third-party apps, a developer named Zone-MR created a hack which enables this feature in all applications including Apple's Safari.
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: Electronista, TUAW and Daring Fireball
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.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
No Angry Birds For Windows Phone 7 In 2010  —  This may make you sad, but there is nearly no chance that Windows Phone 7 users will be able to enjoy some Angry Birds fun on their phones this year.  —  Despite previous rumors to the contrary, we have confirmed that indeed Windows Phone 7 will not get the app.
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.
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.
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
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can Mobile Phones Think?  —  Almost six years ago, while working on a story for Business 2.0 magazine, I remember having a conversation with someone from Nokia about the possibility that one day mobile phones could think and adapt to our environment.  For instance, what if the phone …
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Roope Tassberg / Nokia Beta Labs:
Introducing Nokia Situations - tell your device how you want it to behave
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.
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Electronista:
Microsoft Black Friday: free netbook with Office, Mac deal
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Digg VP Of Engineering Lands At Gilt Groupe  —  Well there's at least one former Digg engineer out there that had a happier Thanksgiving.  We've gotten word that John Quinn, former Digg VP of Engineering, will be joining luxury discount marketplace Gilt Groupe as VP of Engineering come next Monday.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
How Did The Beatles Sell 2 Million Songs On iTunes?  Mostly Facebook (Not Search)  —  Although at least one recent study says search beats social media when it comes to product discovery, those rules don't apply to The Beatles.  When you're known worldwide and have set the standard …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Pages Can Have All Their Admins Removed, Leaving No Way to Control Them  —  Facebook Page admins recently received the ability to remove all existing administrators including themselves from a Page, preventing anyone from editing or posting as that Page.
 
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W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cyber Monday deals will be more aggressive and more widespread, retail group says
Discussion: I4U News
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
As Video Games Lose Buttons, They Add Realism and Fun
Jere Downs / Courier-Journal:
modern migrants  —  Around the clock, an estimated 500 …
Dark Shikari / Diary Of An x264 Developer:
Patent skullduggery: Tandberg rips off x264 algorithm
Discussion: Inquirer and THINQ.co.uk
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Police in the UK are seeking authority to close domains
Discussion: BBC, TechEye and THINQ.co.uk
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Jailbreaking or Rooting Your Phone Is Legal but Can Be Risky
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Address Book Wars Continue: Facebook Contact-Scraping Chrome …
Discussion: Examiner
 Earlier Items: 
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Pirate Bay trial appeal: Defendants face $6.5m fine and jail time
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
So Google's Buying Your Startup. Now What?
Discussion: SAI
Chris Chang / M.I.C gadget:
The End of Apple CEO Action Figure
Discussion: Examiner, MacStories and Fortune
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The Pacifier Gets an Upgrade: Apps and Gadgets to Soothe the Baby