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12:50 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 …
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
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
Kyle McInnes / BlackBerry Cool:
BlackBerry PlayBook Native Email, Contacts and Calendar Screenshots and Details  —  Today at the BlackBerry Innovation Forum, RIM gave a demo of the native email, contacts and calendar functionality on the BlackBerry PlayBook.  We can't yet post video of the demo but we do have screenshots …
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Production starts for iPad 3 QXGA display: Analyst  —  A 10-inch-class 2048x1536 display is not easy to make in the volumes that Apple demands.  Will Apple brand the next-generation iPad display ‘Retina’?  —  Production has started on the high-resolution displays destined for the next-generation iPad …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Reported Retina Display iPad 3 with J2 codename shows up in hidden iOS 5 code
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?
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: thinq_ and AllThingsD
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
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 …
Discussion: @pkafka
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
More smartphones now sold in China than in U.S.  —  Smartphone adoption may be high in the U.S. but overall smartphone sales are highest in China.  A new research note published by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday estimates that 23.9 million smartphones shipped in China during the third quarter of 2011.
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
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution  —  Assume the Kindle Fire will sell very well, even though it needs a lot of help.  —  The only way most Kindle Fire owners are going to be installing apps is from the Amazon Appstore for Android.  The Fire doesn't ship with Google Market …
 
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung does not contest Apple's representations of the scope of the EU antitrust inquiry
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
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Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
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