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11:40 AM ET, November 26, 2007

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Arn / MacRumors:
German iPhones Unlocked by iTunes  —  MacNotes.de (German) provides early notes and experiences from customers who have bought unlocked iPhones in Germany.  —  The first SIM-unlocked iPhones went on sale in Germany on November 21st with a considerable (600 euro) premium over the usual SIM-locked iPhones.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's iTunes unlocks iPhones in Germany  —  By now you're all fully schooled in the black art of jailbreaking and unlocking your new iPhone, right?  Did you know that the whole dirty business can be done via iTunes in just "seconds?"  The catch: it requires a €999 (about $1,480) …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zoho Writer now lets you edit documents offline  —  Zoho releases tomorrow (Monday) an online word processor that lets multiple users work on the document online and offline at the same time.  —  When offline users go back online, the changes they made offline sync with the online document.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
While Live Documents Yaps, Zoho Delivers
Discussion: AccMan Pro and blognation
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Supports Offline Editing
Marina Strauss / Globe and Mail:
Molson pulls plug on Facebook photo contest  —  In response to growing criticism from universities, Molson has pulled a controversial photo contest on Facebook, underlining the challenges that companies face in trying to pitch their products on new social media.
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Joins Forces With Facebook  —  New Facebook Application Includes 2008 Presidential Campaign Reporting, Forums  —  With just under a year until the 2008 presidential election, ABC News and Facebook have partnered to launch an online political initiative that will combine the latest news …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Torvalds On Where Linux Is Headed In 2008  —  The creator of Linux is excited about solid-state drives, expects progress in graphics and wireless networking, and says the operating system is strong in virtualization despite his personal lack of interest in the area.
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
The R4 chip is only small - but it looks like a giant pirate to Nintendo  —  The R4 looks like a simple piece of plastic.  It is just a couple of centimetres square, a few millimetres thick and unbelievably easy to use.  For Nintendo it is the Christmas stocking filler from hell.
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
What's Going on at Skype?  —  What in the world is really going on at Skype?  Have they just decided that they have too many toes, and are trying to shoot them off one at a time?  The list of gaffes and blunders is impressive:  — They are taking away SkypeIn numbers from paying customers …
Discussion: Skype-watch.com … and VoIP Watch
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Tech design with thought  —  newsmaker If anyone knows a thing or two about designing for human-computer interaction, it's Don Norman, professor at Northwestern University, author of The Design of Future Things, and co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group.  —  In addition to his current consulting work …
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Tracking the media audience, wherever it may be  —  PARIS: The French media consumer is about to enter a brave new world where broadcasters and advertisers can study and dissect their habits wherever they are.  —  Early next year, Médiamétrie, a French audience survey company …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
The N95 classic hits v20 firmware  —  It's Out!  Version 20.0.015 firmware for the Nokia N95 classic is now available via Nokia Software Update.  This includes demand paging (!), so 30MB plus free RAM after booting, faster operation, N-Gage game store previews and portal stub, new camera software …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OLPC: How do we gauge success?  Will 490,000 units do?  —  The One Laptop per Child project's "Give One, Get One" program has been extended through Dec. 31 as donations averaged about $2 million a day.  On that pace, the OLPC should move about 490,000 units by the end of the year.
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Fuzzy picture for Apple TV  —  This has been quite a year for Apple, but Steve Jobs' magic wand doesn't always work.  —  In March, Apple unveiled Apple TV, the company's attempt at tackling a question that has eluded the PC industry for years: how can we get people to watch content delivered …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Gimmick Becomes a Real Trend  —  TWO years ago, Cyber Monday was a marketing gimmick in search of shoppers.  This year, it seems to be a genuine trend that retailers have embraced.  —  In a survey of roughly 120 members of Shop.org, the trade group for online retailers …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Reuters
Latest Secunia Security Advisories:
Apple QuickTime RTSP "Content-Type" Header Buffer Overflow  —  Secunia Advisory:  —  SA27755  —  Critical:  —  Extremely critical  —  Impact:  —  System access  —  Where:  —  From remote  —  Solution Status:  —  Unpatched  —  Software:  —  Apple QuickTime 7.x  —  Exploit code is available.
Discussion: The Register
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and Digg
comScore:
Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending …
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
TiVo comes to Canada, but lacks HD
Discussion: PR Newswire and Gizmodo
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. Chief Seeks Votes to Tighten Cable Rules
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
Darren Herman:
I Want My Slice of the Pie: A look at startups and ad spending
Discussion: innonate and Howard Lindzon
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Online holiday shopping season kicks off
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J. Mark Lytle / Tech.co.uk:
Driving simulator in 7m virtual reality dome
Sam Chan / GEARFUSE:
Hide a bluetooth handset in your phone
BBC:
UK net numbering project starts
Discussion: FierceVoIP
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
EIZO's 24-inch FlexScan for the colorblind
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
How desktop virtualization will save your company from Generation Y
BBC:
UK 'slow' on ultra-fast internet
Discussion: broadstuff
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Microsoft Quietly Readies Windows XP Update