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8:10 PM ET, November 25, 2011


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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Feds Seize 130+ Domain Names in Mass Crackdown  —  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have resumed “Operation In Our Sites”, the domain name seizing initiative designed to crack down on online piracy and counterfeiting.
Discussion: MediaFile and Electronista
Jason Cartwright / techAU:
Microsoft Tellme is NOT the same as Siri [video]  —  Over the past 24hours there have been a lot of posts about Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, claiming that “Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows Phone for more than a year... All that is already there, fully functionality for years.”
AT&T to Offer Bigger Asset Sales to Save Takeover  —  AT&T Inc. (T), with its T-Mobile USA takeover facing regulatory opposition, is preparing the biggest remedy proposal yet to the Justice Department to salvage the $39 billion deal, according to a person familiar with the plan.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Friday's Deals May Not Be the Best  —  Oren Etzioni writes articles about artificial intelligence for scholarly journals, is a renowned expert on data mining and gained fame when Microsoft paid $115 million for Farecast, an airline-ticket price predictor he founded.
Discussion: and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google+ Gets A Thanksgiving Day TV Ad: “Sharing, But Like Real Life”  —  It wasn't that long ago that the idea of flipping on a television and seeing a commercial for anything Google-related seemed totally implausible.  For many years, the company seemed to take a certain pride in not having …
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung tablet ban ‘grossly unjust’  —  Asher Moses  —  Samsung argues that the judge who ordered its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be banned from sale in Australia “misunderstood and misapplied” basic requirements of the law and elements of her reasoning were “grossly unjust”.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay: PayPal Mobile Payment Volume Up Over 500 Percent On Thanksgiving Day And Black Friday  —  As we heard earlier today, Thanksgiving proved to be a lucrative day for online retailers.  IBM reported online Thanksgiving 2011 sales were up 39 percent over Thanksgiving 2010 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Definitive Post On Why SOPA And Protect IP Are Bad, Bad Ideas  —  There's been plenty of talk (and a ton of posts here on Techdirt) discussing both SOPA (originally E-PARASITE) and PROTECT IP (aka PIPA), but it seemed like it would be useful to create a single, “definitive” …
Discussion: The Firewall, Thanks:kevinmarks
James Nixon / thinq_:
Foxconn plans $63m investment in cloud computing  —  Work to begin in December on facility in Taiwan  —  Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing giant best known for producing Apple's iPhone 4 smartphone and iPad 2 tablet, is planning a move into cloud computing.
Discussion: DigiTimes and VentureBeat
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Forget Shopping, Friday Is Update Your Parents' Browser Day!  —  Thanksgiving is coming up, that time when families gather together to share food, extend gratitude, and marvel at how Dad still uses Internet Explorer 6.  No, seriously, Dad, how can you be using a browser developed during the Clinton administration?
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
In Surprise Ruling, Judge Throws Out Netflix Price-Fixing Lawsuit  —  A week ago, millions of Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) subscribers received an email saying they would receive a payment over price-fixing in the online movie market.  They will still be paid—just not by Netflix after an unusual bit of good news for the company.
Discussion: SlashGear
Ben Coxworth / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
System that recognizes emotions in people's voices could lead to less phone rage  —  Nobody likes having to deal with automated telephone services, that say wonderful things like, “You said ‘Beelzebub,’ is that correct?”.  Such services may get slightly less annoying, however …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Power To The People: ISPs, Media, Users Face Off In EU Legal Triple-Whammy
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Occupy Movement Focuses on Staying Current on Social Networks
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
With IPO On Hold, Kayak Reports Q3 Revenue Up 28 Percent To $61M; Net Income Up 44 Percent
Melanie Lee / Reuters: posts slowest quarterly growth in almost 2 years
Discussion: MarketWatch, Bloomberg and TechCrunch
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Costs Hollywood More Than US BitTorrent Piracy
Discussion: Betabeat and TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Black Friday: $100 Kinect, free Windows Phone, discounts on Office and games
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Are Un-Friending Social Media
Discussion: @joshconstine and @jspepper
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID 4 Scheduled to Launch December 8, Same Day as the Galaxy Nexus?