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4:00 PM ET, November 26, 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.
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.”
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Water-pump failure in Illinois wasn't cyberattack after all  —  A water-pump failure in Illinois that appeared to be the first foreign cyberattack on a public utility in the United States was in fact caused by a plant contractor traveling in Russia, according to a source familiar with a federal investigation of the incident.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Is Samsung giving up on netbooks next year?  —  An email sent by Samsung to its trading partners appears to shut down any prospect of the manufacturer producing new netbooks after the first quarter of 2012.  The email is quoted by French site Blogeee and says that Samsung will switch its focus …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Twine’ Foreshadows A Future Where All Objects Talk To The Internet  —  Want to be notified to turn on the AC when a room reaches a certain temperature?  Or when your laundry's done?  Well MIT Media Lab alumni Supermechanical have built Twine, a sleek 2.5″ rubber square which connects …
Discussion: The Verge
Bloomberg:
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.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Chrome Getting Native Gamepad, Webcam, And WebRTC Support In Early 2012  —  It's not always easy to tell when Chrome has been updated, and at any rate the changes aren't always significant enough to even wonder about it.  But a pair of features worth caring about are user-bound come early 2012 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
IBM: Black Friday Online Retail Spending Up 24.3 Percent  —  Thanksgiving brought record online retail sales for the holiday, with spending up 39.3 percent over Thanksgiving 2010.  And today, IBM Coremetrics data shows a 24.3 percent growth in online sales on Black Friday compared to the same period last year.
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Can Scientists Make a Battery That Will Survive 40,000 Charges?  —  The one problem with gadgets is power.  Even if batteries start off long-lasting, after 12 months they start to struggle.  But a new material might change that.  —  A team of researchers from Stanford have developed …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Apple ahead in mobile loyalty: Gfk research firm  —  (Reuters) - Apple is well ahead of rivals in building brand loyalty among its users in a mobile market where the key brands are rushing to build as large a foothold as possible, a study by research firm GfK showed.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
AppMobi open-sources its mobile HTML5 technology  —  HTML5 development tool provider appMobi is putting together a Black Friday deal for programmers as it open-sources many key HTML5 technologies that it hopes should help spur on the building of more mobile web apps.
Discussion: ITProPortal
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
IPCom (patent holding firm) to relentlessly enforce 3G-essential patent against HTC's German business  —  Based on an in-depth conversation with a source close to the proceedings, I am now able to explain the background and the economic impact of today's big wireless patent announcement …
Discussion: PhoneArena, Engadget and Electronista
 
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Foxconn plans $63m investment in cloud computing
Discussion: DigiTimes and VentureBeat
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Definitive Post On Why SOPA And Protect IP Are Bad, Bad Ideas
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Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Samsung tablet ban ‘grossly unjust’
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
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Ben Coxworth / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
System that recognizes emotions in people's voices could lead to less phone rage
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
With IPO On Hold, Kayak Reports Q3 Revenue Up 28 Percent To $61M; Net Income Up 44 Percent
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
In Surprise Ruling, Judge Throws Out Netflix Price-Fixing Lawsuit
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