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5:20 PM ET, November 28, 2011

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Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of search in six minutes  —  This summer we posted a video that takes a peek under the hood of search, sharing the methodology behind search ranking and evaluation.  Through this methodology, we make roughly 500 improvements to search in a typical year.
Amazon.com:
Best Black Friday Ever for Kindle Family: Kindle Sales Increase 4X Over Last Year  —  Holiday shoppers made Kindle Fire the bestselling product across all of Amazon.com on Black Friday  —  Kindle Fire now the bestselling product across Amazon for 8 weeks running - ever since its introduction on September 28
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday Retail Store Sales were “off the charts”  —  We obviously had to white out numbers above - From Apple's Retail inventory system.  —  A source inside Apple Retail has shared with us the numbers for Apple's Black Friday sales event.  Black Friday is always huge shopping …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Monday retail sales may hit record
Katya Kazakina / Bloomberg:
Apple Founding Contract Signed by Jobs Could Fetch $150,000 at Sotheby's  —  On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs got together with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne to draft a three- page contract that established Apple Computer Co.  —  Next month, the contract, with the three founding partners' signatures, hits the auction block in New York.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Zynga's Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain  —  Zynga's chief executive, Mark Pincus, got an earful from employees last month.  —  In dozens of e-mails to a companywide list, frustrated workers complained about the long hours and stressful deadline periods.
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining
Discussion: TechCrunch, @ed and Business Insider
Richi Jennings / Computerworld:
Confirmed: Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE release date; pre-order Tuesday  — IT TOPICS:Devices, LAN/WAN/Broadband/Wireless, Linux & Unix, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Open Source, Operating Systems  —  What's the deal with the LTE Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless?  When's the release date, and when can we pre-order it?
Jason Lewis / Telegraph:
Facebook faces a crackdown on selling users' secrets to advertisers  —  Facebook is facing a crackdown on how it exploits vast amounts of its users' most personal information to create bespoke advertising.  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg must address privacy concerns or face fines under a new EC Directive
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC says to tough out downturn, new models coming  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp promised competitive new models early next year and said it would stick to its strategy in the face of its biggest challenge since rising to prominence in the smartphone market.  —  HTC has become the worst performer …
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Electronista:
Best Buy cancels BlackBerry PlayBook orders, pulls listings  —  Best Buy sheds PlayBook as others follow  —  Best Buy raised questions on Thanksgiving weekend after it suddenly started cancelling Blackberry PlayBook orders.  Shoppers have frequently reported orders being dropped …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
How many iOS devices will be sold in 2012?  —  There are several methods I turn to when estimating device sales.  —  Top-Down Demand analysis  —  The first is to look at so-called top-down views of the demand.  This method takes a view of the overall phone market and assumes share for smart devices and …
Discussion: Fortune
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Twitter Acquires Moxie Marlinspike's Encryption Startup Whisper Systems  —  The hacker and security researcher who goes by the name Moxie Marlinspike has spent the last years building a few of the most noteworthy inventions in applied cryptography, some independently and some for his mobile security startup, Whisper Systems.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Google I/O Moved to June and Extended to 3 Days, Developers Will Have to Code for Tickets  —  In October, Google announced the dates for its annual developer conference Google I/O. Now, however, the company has decided to postpone the event in order to extent it to three days instead of two.
Christina Cacioppo / Union Square Ventures:
What comes next  —  Now is a great time to be an internet entrepreneur.  While much of the global economy sputters, tech companies post growth numbers other industries haven't seen in years.  Their success hasn't gone unnoticed, and the pace of tech-company creation has quickened.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and A VC
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft's future Kinect 2 device will reportedly lip read and measure emotions  —  Microsoft's next-generation Kinect will feature lip reading support, according to reports.  —  The rumored support will allow developers to make use of an overhauled motion sensor and voice recognition unit.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Programmer: We Do The Funny Portrait Placement Thing Because It Works  —  You know, I'm becoming something of a fan of Brandon Harris (the latest face of Wikipedia's fundraising efforts, which you should absolutely donate to.)  —  First, he's a programmer on Wikipedia …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Abigail Holtz / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Catalogs is now available for Android tablets  —  For many of us, the arrival of piles of catalogs marks the start of the holiday shopping season.  But what if you could have all your favorite catalogs in one place, with the latest issues always available at your fingertips?
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Why The PayPal “Mafia” Was So Great: Yammer CEO David Sacks Explains  —  David Sacks is one of the earliest members of the so-called PayPal “mafia,” a group of PayPal employees who went on to unusual positions of influence and power in Silicon Valley.  —  But his first startup after leaving PayPal …
 
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Vernon Silver / Bloomberg:
Italian Firm Said to Exit Syrian Monitoring Project
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Looks Forward to An Early Christmas Present from Washington: An OK for AdMeld
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
It's Still A Feature Phone World: Global Smartphone Penetration At 27%
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Times & LA Times Both Come Out Against SOPA & PIPA
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple now offering free shipping on all U.S online orders until December 22
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Best Buy airs TV ads promoting itself as a source for Apple products
Discussion: PhoneArena, MacRumors and TUAW
Nate Bolt / TechCrunch:
Why Instagram Is So Popular: Quality, Audience, & Constraints
Discussion: Business Insider
 

 
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