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10:05 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) …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zoho Writer now lets you edit documents offline  —  Zoho, the online office software company, has just released the next iteration on its online word processor, Zoho Writer.  Now, multiple users can go offline, work on a document, then go back online and sync their offline changes to that same document.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
While Live Documents Yaps, Zoho Delivers  —  While some startups issue boastful press releases promising the world, India and Silicon Valley based Zoho is actually doing the software thing.  This morning they launched full offline access for Zoho writer, based on the Google Gears open source platform.
Discussion: AccMan Pro and blognation
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Paul Gillin's blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: Compiler, TechWeb, WinBeta and Digg
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 …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Time to write our own rules  —  So I've been reading Dave Winer, Ethan Zuckerman, Jeff Jarvis, David Wienberger and Wendy Seltzer, all of whom have problems with what Facebook is doing with its members' data.  —  Dave in particular is looking for action:
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J. Mark Lytle / Tech.co.uk:
Driving simulator in 7m virtual reality dome  —  Toyota's system promises ultra realism in actual car  —  Toyota's latest car is designed to improve safety not by anything it does on the road, but by its performance inside a giant simulator atop a 4.5m gantry.
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
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Microsoft Quietly Readies Windows XP Update  —  Vista's first service pack got the limelight, but a release candidate of SP3 for XP was also delivered last week.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Just days after Microsoft Corp. delivered a release candidate preview for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
 
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T Trace / Underconstruction:
[Mac OS X][Leopard]Folder Quick Look Plugin
Discussion: Infinite Loop, MacUser and Digg
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Alternative Journalist's Web Site Is Scrutinized for Writers' Strike News
Jon Espenschied / Computerworld:
Privacy: What are we telling the kids?
Discussion: Tech_Space
Sam Chan / GEARFUSE:
Hide a bluetooth handset in your phone
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
The N95 classic hits v20 firmware
Discussion: IntoMobile
BBC:
UK net numbering project starts
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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
Read/WriteWeb:
The Economic Idiocy of Blocking Social Media Traffic
Discussion: Digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Dear Jeff Bezos (one-week Kindle review)