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1:35 PM ET, November 21, 2007

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Reuters:
T-Mobile says to sell iPhone without contract  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) T-Mobile will allow customers in Germany to buy Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone without having to sign a T-Mobile contract after rival Vodafone (VOD.L) obtained a court injunction against it.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Germany Sells $1,478 Unlocked iPhone to Avoid Legal Troubles, Tells Vodafone That They Suck (Updated) [IPhone Wars]  —  Responding to Vodafone's whining and legal action about the iPhone in Germany, T-Mobile has published a press release that basically tells Vodafone to TFSU …
Discussion: I4U News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
T-Mobile responds to Vodafone iPhone injunction: $1,500 unlocked iPhones
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Newspaper Ads Tank Again, Industry Shrinking Fast  —  Newspaper ads got crushed again in Q3: Down 7.4% year over year.  Online revenue is growing, but isn't offsetting the declines in print revenue.  Alan Mutter, the dean of newspaper analysis, says the quarterly decline doesn't even begin …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
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Newspaper Association of America:
ONLINE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING GROWTH CONTINUES — JUMPS 21 PERCENT IN THIRD QUARTER  —  Increased spending on newspaper Web sites boosts online share to more than seven percent of all newspaper ad dollars  —  Arlington, Va. - Advertising expenditures for newspaper Web sites increased …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Deflating sales for de press
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Arn / MacRumors:
'Don't Give Up on Vista' Web Ad  —  Several readers have noted a new web-only advertisement from Apple that has appeared on a number of sites, including News.com, Engadget.com, and PCMag.com.  —  The Apple advertisement features "Mac" and "PC" as played by Justin Long and John Hodgman in a web ad composed of two separate components.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets Creative With Mac Ads  —  The Apple PC guy/ Mac guy ads are well known.  The series with Justin Long and John Hodgman has become a cultural phenomenon, being parodied and copied wide and far.  Apple has taken the ads online with a new campaign that combines the fun of the original TV ads …
Unstrung:
RIM's Touching New BlackBerry Plans  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM - message board; Toronto: RIM) is said to be preparing a whole new "9000-series" operating system and device platform to take on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL - message board), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board), and others in 2008.
Lester Haines / The Register:
Wii grasses up cheating wife  —  US soldier discovers incriminating 'Mii'  —  A US soldier discovered his missus had been playing away at home after spotting a suspicious "Mii" on his Nintendo Wii, the Evening Standard reports.  —  The man, known only as Tony, returned from a year in Iraq …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Lets chat about P2P some more  —  One thing continues to be a certainty in the technology world, NEVER challenge a sacred cow.  If you do, the punches start flying.  Of course the punches have to fly because the there isn't a real response otherwise.  —  I'm obviously not a huge P2P fan.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook's "Beacon" Infuriate Users, MoveOn  —  Facebook's "social ads" so far appear to be a flop.  Not only was the "once in a hundred years" announcement largely a yawn, the complaints of Facebook users and MoveOn about the primal annoying-ness of "Beacon" are right on the money.
Discussion: The Open Road and CNET News.com
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Dimitris Meretakis / Official Google Base Blog:
A new bulk upload dashboard  —  Be it products, housing, jobs or vehicles, we want to make it easy for you to upload and manage your content in Base.  A number of useful features are underway, starting with today's release of a new dashboard for bulk uploads.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WebProNews
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Black Friday plans revealed  —  We just got the scoop on basically AT&T's biggest sale of the year, and we have to say, it's not too shabby!  How does, I don't know, 50% off phones sound?  It's not every phone, just select phones, and the wonderful prices are after mail-in-rebates and 2-year agreements.
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
David Berkowitz / Search Insider:
What Facebook Learned from Search  —  Imagine if Picasso painted a search engine results page from Google.  It would probably wind up looking like Facebook, which continually draws inspiration from search engines as it rolls out its services for marketers.  —  What Facebook did was take …
PRWeb:
Raincity Studios Acquires Bryght - Vancouver Web 2.0 Companies Join Forces to Create First Full-Service, Open Source, Web Agency  —  Web design and development firm Raincity Studios acquired pioneering new web company Bryght.  Both companies are part of space dubbed "Web 2.0" …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Songs included in Guitar Hero 3 see a dramatic leap in digital sales  —  Playing music on plastic guitars is big business.  Guitar Hero 3 has become quite the runaway hit at retail, and with Rock Band now released, we have two big-name rhythm games on the market.
Discussion: Coding Horror
Phone Connection:
All Eyes on Jajah: The Hype, The Facts and What your Business can Learn from It All  —  You can't turn around in a room of important press releases without bumping into Jajah.  The not-quite-three-year-old company made headlines last month with its innovative addition of Jajah web buttons to a number of online sites.
Discussion: DSLreports and Market Wire
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MusicMobs Shuts Down, Founder Joins Last.fm
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Forrester videos on social technologies from Consumer Forum 2007
Discussion: Changing Way
Grace Chen / PlayStation.Blog:
PlayStation Store Update
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Wii Light Sword brings out the Skywalker in you
Xbox-Scene News:
Microsoft Starts New Ban Wave on LIVE Against Modified Firmwares *update*
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adweek = No Longer Weekly. Time To Ax The Print Edition
Discussion: Adrants and Adweek
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Making Social Connections and Selling Cookies
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWEEK.com:
GPL Infringement Lawsuits Target Two More Companies
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Nokia Sports Tracker Beta - New Online Service
John Leyden / The Register:
Google serves up surprise password cracking function
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Join the Firefox 2.0.0.10 Testday - Friday, 23. November !
Discussion: InfoWorld and TechSpot News
James Sherwood / The Register:
Sony Ericsson 'invents' drag-and-drop for handhelds
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Anti-piracy moves 'hurt sales'