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12:05 PM 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
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
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.
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: VoIP Watch and Skype-watch.com …
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.
CNET News.com:
Holiday tech gifts we don't recommend  —  5. Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody by Daniel Lyons  —  This is another instance of "only the geeks would get it."  The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a once-anonymous blog created by Forbes editor Daniel Lyons (under the pseudonym …
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
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 …
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 …
Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Desktop Evolution: Windows and Mac OS Comparison [Desktop Comparison]  —  Since Windows 95 dropped more than a decade ago, our desktops have evolved to no end.  Having recently had a fresh Leopard install on our Macs, we thought we would take a look back, with a side-by-side comparison of Windows and Mac operating systems.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and Digg
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.
Will O'Brien / Hack a Day:
slr lenses on your digital video camera  —  considering all the attention we give digital cameras, i wanted to find an interesting hack for those old school analog slr cameras.  (i spent a fair share of time behind one; i'm fond of the classic canon ae-1) [joshua] mated his sony vx-2000e video camera …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and GEARFUSE
 
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Does the Asus EeePC violate the Linux GPL?
Discussion: bit-tech.net and Gadgetell
InfoWorld:
Dubai investment fund takes 'substantial' stake in Sony
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Alternative Journalist's Web Site Is Scrutinized for Writers' Strike News
J. Mark Lytle / Tech.co.uk:
Driving simulator in 7m virtual reality dome
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Fuzzy picture for Apple TV
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
The N95 classic hits v20 firmware
BBC:
UK net numbering project starts
Discussion: FierceVoIP
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