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2:05 PM ET, November 23, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday 2011 deals revealed: discounts on iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and accessories  —  A trusted tipster has provided us with the details on Apple's Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale.  The sale is very similar to Apple's offerings in past years …
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple's Black Friday: $101 off Macs, up to $61 off iPad 2?  —  What kind of deals will Apple offer on Black Friday?  —  Apple's Black Friday plans have apparently been leaked, and if they prove true, there might not be much to write home about.  —  According to 9to5Mac, it has received a …
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Microsoft Signs Nondisclosure Agreement With Yahoo  —  Microsoft has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo, according to a person briefed on the matter, formally lining itself up as another potential bidder for the struggling Internet company.  —  By signing the agreement …
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Eric Jackson / Tech and China:
Why Yahoo!'s Board Wants A Deal Before January 7th  —  Today's news of the day involving Yahoo! (YHOO) is that Microsoft (MSFT) has signed an NDA with the company after denying it was interested in doing so a few weeks ago.  —  What many are likely unaware of is that Yahoo! …
Discussion: Business Insider
Minjae Ormes / YouTube Blog:
Welcoming your favorite Disney movies to rent on YouTube  —  Today, the first of hundreds of The Walt Disney Studios movies from Disney, Disney  ·Pixar and DreamWorks Studios are coming to YouTube.  These titles join thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung Is Going Right For Apple Fanboys' Jugular With Its Latest Commercial  —  I got a good laugh out of this one.  —  Samsung is kicking off a new ad campaign this week, directly taking a swipe at Apple fanboys and the iPhone and promoting its flagship Galaxy S II line of Android phones.
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Know Your Meme's Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop  —  The pepper spray incident at the University of California Davis campus has gone viral.  And one place where people are expressing their reaction on the internet is on the Know Your Meme website, run by Seattle startup Cheezburger Network.
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Matthew Stevens / L.A. NOW:
‘Anonymous’ hackers target pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer
Discussion: CNET News
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy Nexus U.S. Launch Is In December  —  There's been a lot of confusion as to when Samsung and Google's Galaxy Nexus would launch in the U.S.  —  When the phone was first announced, the company said it would be available in November.  —  Well, November is almost over.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Expands Subscription Service to Games  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is letting a video-game company offer its titles by subscription on the iPad, expanding the role of a feature typically used by magazine and newspaper publishers.  —  Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher …
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive - designing personal cloud storage for billions of people  —  SkyDrive has grown tremendously since we launched in 2007, and recently, we've made a number of updates to SkyDrive:  — In June we overhauled our website and used the latest browser standards to simplify our photos …
Discussion: CNET News and TechNet Blogs, Thanks:ryanburk
Annalyn Censky / CNN Money:
Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attention holiday shoppers: your cell phone may be tracked this year.  —  Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls — Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center …
E! Online:
Steve Jobs Movie: “Something I'm Strongly Considering,” Says Social Network's Aaron Sorkin  —  Plus, Rob, Kristen, Angelina, Britney and more.  Check out Marc's latest red carpet pics  —  MOST COMMENTED  — Jennifer Lopez and New Boyfriend “Pretty Serious,” Says Source—but What About That Jail Thing?
Steve Silberman / NeuroTribes:
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face  —  Graphical interface pioneer Susan Kare, photo by R.J. Muna  —  Point, click.  —  The gestures and metaphors of icon-driven computing feel so natural and effortless to us now, it seems strange to recall navigating in the digital world any other way.
Discussion: The Next Web
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Windows Phone Marketplace Is Riding High On Free Content  —  Last week, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) revealed on the anniversary of the Windows Phone Marketplace that the app storefront now has some 40,000 apps in its catalog.  Some numbers out today reveal that there are 1,650 free …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Could Be Ready for Commercial Production by Feb. 2012  —  There may be more to Apple's developing relationship with Sharp than simple supply-chain diversification and OLED panels for future iPhones and iPads.  The Japanese company is said to be playing a role in the production of the long-rumored Apple television.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo also working on a 5-inch Android tablet, because pockets need love too  —  No matter how tempting the specs on Lenovo's leaked 10.1-inch tablet are, you might prefer something fairly more portable just for the sake of your regular pockets.  Well, it looks like Lenovo's got you covered, too.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google responds to Galaxy Nexus volume bug: ‘we have a fix’  —  The Galaxy Nexus volume bug has been squashed in Google's labs.  The Android software maker has just announced it has a fix for the problem plaguing UK owners of the new Nexus, which will be rolled out “as soon as possible.”
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
HTC considering Chrome OS for Internet-access devices  —  Although Chromebooks offered by Acer and Samsung Electronics may see low cumulative sales of 25,000-30,000 units at the end of 2011, HTC is evaluating the feasibility of combining the advantages of Chrome OS and Android for use …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
HTC could drop its planned purchase of S3 Graphics following the ITC ruling favoring Apple  —  Taiwanese handset maker HTC's lawsuit against Apple over infringement of S3 Graphics' patents has suffered a fatal blow (in addition to this one) as the United States International Trade Commission …
Craig Eisler / MSDN Blogs:
Kinect for Windows - Building the Future  —  Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we've been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows.  The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the largest seller of smartphones in the U.S., cut revenue forecast as much as 23 percent as the global economic crisis and rising competition from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) dent demand.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords  —  Foursquare, and most of the apps built on top of the location service's developer platform, are great for exploring the physical world for entertainment.  But a new iPhone app called 4sqwifi (download here) …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and apas.gr
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business  —  (Reuters) - Western Digital has secured conditional approval from the European Union's competition regulator to purchase Hitachi's hard disk drive business for $4.3 billion, after it agreed to sell several production operations.
Discussion: The Verge, The Register and Engadget
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Seeks Executives for Cloud-Based Services  —  Apple Inc. has been taking small but important steps toward a shift in the way its customers access their digital content beyond the downloadable software that has been vital to the company's success.  —  In recent weeks …
Ben Worthen / Digits:
H-P Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip  —  Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday offered help to customers who want to shift away from systems that use a microprocessor called Itanium.  But H-P insists it is not dumping the chip, nor reacting to a nasty dispute with Oracle over the technology.
Discussion: Inquirer and thinq_
Edward Marquez / Redmond Pie:
Apple and Microsoft to Add NFC Support (E-Wallet Technology) to Phones in 2012  —  I go to Starbucks pretty often, I'm a big fan of their iPhone app that allows me to pay for my coffee by having the barista scan a code on my screen.  The process is quick and easy and I have fun earning stars …
Discussion: DigiTimes and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung does not contest Apple's representations of the scope of the EU antitrust inquiry
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Bloomberg:
Nokia Siemens Cuts 17,000 Jobs, to Save $1.3B
Dan Levine / Reuters:
HP prods EU antitrust authorities against Oracle
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Nokia's Microsoft Phones May Not Get Traction, Analyst Says
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon updates Messages app with multiple device sync, fresh UI, more (hands-on)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Confusion Center: Feds Now Say Hacker Didn't Destroy Water Pump
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
An MIT student is developing a lie detector for the Internet
Discussion: SlashGear
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Restrict Google Results to Mobile Apps
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