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8:50 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 …
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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
Discussion: Business Insider
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More  —  Since January 2011, Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services.  —  Google users searching for terms like “torrent”, “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” will notice that no suggestions …
Discussion: Pulse2
E! Online:
Steve Jobs Movie: “Something I'm Strongly Considering,” Says Social Network's Aaron Sorkin  —  Aaron Sorkin is taking on one tech mogul at a time!  Earlier this year, Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his Facebook flick The Social Network.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft's Craig Mundie On Siri: Been There, Done That (Video)  —  Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie isn't nearly as impressed with Siri, the voice recognition interface for the Apple iPhone 4S, as a lot of other people.  Mundie, in fact, contends that Apple …
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 …
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
Hackers Leak Facebook Law Enforcement Guidelines  —  A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails …
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.
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.
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: TUAW, Laughing Squid and The Next Web
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Barack Obama Joins Google+, White House Itself Still Not There  —  First Britney Spears takes the top Google+ spot away from Google CEO Larry Page today.  Now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has opened an account.  —  Not Yet Verified, But Yes, Real  —  Is it really him?
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Spotify paying subscribers jumps to 2.5 million  —  Spotify now has 2.5 million paying subscribers, the company announced in a blog post today.  —  Spotify didn't say how the subscribers break down by country, but it appears that its expansion to the U.S. has been a significant factor in its growth.
New York Post:
Apple on track for Dec. 9 Grand opening  —  Call it Mac Friday.  —  Apple is scheduled to pull into Grand Central Terminal with a sleek new store on the weekend beginning Friday, Dec. 9 — just in time for the final two weeks of the Christmas shopping crunch, The Post has learned.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco to HP: Please Stop Suing Those Employees We Poach  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems would like to stop hearing so often from lawyers at rival Hewlett-Packard.  More specifically, it would like HP to stop suing ex-HP employees seeking jobs at Cisco.  —  In a Cisco blog post …
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.
Discussion: Quora, Pulse2, New York Times and TechCrunch
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Matthew Stevens / L.A. NOW:
‘Anonymous’ hackers target pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer
Discussion: CNET News
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
As Investors Flee Groupon, Outlook for I.P.O.'s Darkens  —  Unable to break a three-day slide, shares of Groupon tumbled again on Wednesday, as more investors dumped shares.  —  For the first time since it went public earlier this month, Groupon broke below its offering price of $20 per share.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Removes Game Subscription Plan  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) removed Big Fish Games Inc.'s subscription service from its App Store, reversing a move that would have given iPad users access to dozens of video games for a monthly fee.  —  “We were notified that the app was removed,” said Paul Thelen …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Personal Audio strikes again, has the Kindle Fire in its patent trolling sights  —  'Tis the season for reflecting upon our many gifts in life and giving thanks for them.  If you're Personal Audio, however, once you've thanked your lucky stars that you own a patent on musical playlists …
Discussion: The Register, BGR and paidContent
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.
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.”
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Carrier IQ retracts cease and desist letter sent to security researcher, says it doesn't track Android users  —  It looks like the unabashed fury of the Android hacking community was too much for data-collection developer Carrier IQ to take: the company has apologized and retracted the cease …
Discussion: The Register, TechCrunch and 9to5Google
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Forecasts 15 Percent Growth for 2011 U.S. Holiday E-Commerce Spending  —  First Three Weeks of November Exhibit Strong Online Spending Activity Spurred by Early-Season Deals  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season retail …
 
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams
Discussion: TechCrunch
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Just in Time for Black Friday, Google Updates Product Search
Discussion: Google Commerce and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Cuts Off Another Group of Ad Players, Including Google
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Undercover Researchers Expose Chinese Internet Water Army
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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords
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Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business
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Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive - designing personal cloud storage for billions of people
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Dan Levine / Reuters:
HP prods EU antitrust authorities against Oracle
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo also working on a 5-inch Android tablet, because pockets need love too
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution
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Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday
 

 
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