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5:45 PM ET, November 26, 2007

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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia  —  Microsoft is discussing plans to build a data center in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia.  The facility will be able to hold 10,000 servers, according to Birger Steen, the head of Microsoft's Russian and CIS business unit.
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comScore:
Black Friday Sees $531 Million in Online Retail Spending, Up 22 Percent versus Last Year  —  Cyber Monday Expected to Surpass $700 Million in Online Spending, Making it Heaviest Online Spending Day on Record  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
A Gimmick Becomes a Real Trend
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:   Retailers Buckle Under E-Commerce's Growing Popularity
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
High Hopes for Cyber Monday
Discussion: Shop.org and Reuters
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
YouTube Has Innovative Overlay Ads from Adobe....and Beet.TV is in the Plan  —  YouTube, which recently introduced overlay advertising on the video clips of a limited number of select content publishers, including Ford Models and Beet.TV, is part of the big Adobe ad campaign media buy.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple stores having 'gravitational pull' on mall shoppers - report  —  Analysts for investment bank Piper Jaffray spent six hours this past weekend monitoring traffic at mall-based Apple retail stores and found that the shops exerted a gravitational pull on shoppers who came within 25 feet of the entranceways.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
ABC News reaching out to Facebook users?  Good luck, guys  —  Hey, Facebook users: Put down those virtual hamburgers.  It's time to talk politics.  —  The New York Times reported Monday that Facebook and ABC News are close to announcing an agreement to collaborate on political coverage.
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Give one, get one — right in the ass  —  So I was talking to Paul Otellini last night and he's absolutely furious about the Journal story on the OLPC train wreck which ran in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.  Gist of the story is that Nicholas Negroponte has screwed the pooch on his XO machine but somehow it's all Intel's fault.
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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.
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.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
News Corp builds online ad network  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp's (NWSa.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Internet division plans to launch an online network to sell advertising across Rupert Murdoch's sprawling empire and even to other media companies as early as the first half of next year.
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Reuters:
MySpace plans Facebook-style news feeds
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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Jon Lafayette / TVWeek.com:
Web Ad Action Surprises Nets  —  Advertising time in full episodes streamed online was a hot property during the upfront, ad buyers said, but some networks appear to have underestimated how many people log on to watch them.  And once the networks streamed the number of spots they promised advertisers …
Associated Press:
Classmates Media Discloses Terms of IPO  —  Classmates Media Expects IPO to Total 12M Class a Shares and Price at $10 to $12 Each  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Classmates Media Corp., which operates the online social networking site Classmates.com, expects its planned initial public offering …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget Interview: Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility  —  We recently got a chance to sit down with none other than long time AT&T veteran and freshly anointed CEO of the top wireless carrier in the country, Ralph de la Vega.  There was almost too much to discuss …
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Amazon wants you to schedule regular purchases of household items  —  There are some things that you buy once every few years like a computer.  (Yeah, we know, if you're reading Download Squad odds are you've already purchased 3 computers this year, but work with us, OK?)
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T and Samsung quietly recalling Blackjacks?  —  We're still hunting down hard info on this one, but according to users on AT&T's official support forums, Samsung Blackjacks manufactured between November 2006 and February 2007 are the subject of a quiet recall due to an antenna issue.
 
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Digg Blocked For "Bandwidth Theft"
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed and CBC News
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Cheap sensors could capture your every move
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Town bans Net harassment following MySpace hoax
Discussion: Infocult and p2pnet
eWEEK.com:
Where Social Networking Meets the Semantic Web
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer and Web 3.0
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MeetUp Nabs Google Vet Dominic Preuss
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony sells "substantial" stake to Dubai investment firm
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Giant NES controller houses normal, working NES
Discussion: 2dayBlog and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Gamasutra:
Eidos Announces Deus Ex 3, Talks New Montreal Studio
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Excerpts: Latest filings in 'Vista Capable' lawsuit
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Native LucasArts Games Emulation Makes iPhone Absolutely Perfect [Iphone Gaming]
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
New Signs Of JotSpot & Google Wiki?
Tim Lee / Techdirt:
Apple Settles Burst Patent Suit for 'Only' $10 Million
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Parallel Processor  —  One of the most closely read chronicles …
Arn / MacRumors:
German iPhones Unlocked by iTunes
J.A. Watson / ZDNet:
What's Going on at Skype?