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1:05 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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Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Supports Offline Editing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
While Live Documents Yaps, Zoho Delivers
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft Plans Data Center in Siberia  —  Microsoft has announced 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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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.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Parallel Processor  —  One of the most closely read chronicles of Silicon Valley over the past year or so has been "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs," a running satire written by an anonymous blogger who assumed the persona of Apple's brilliant, enlightenment-seeking co-founder and chief executive.
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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 …
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.
toyota.co.jp:
Toyota Develops World-class Driving Simulator  —  Real-as-possible Environment to Aid Development of Active Safety Technology  —  Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that it has developed a world-class driving simulator for effectively analyzing the driving characteristics …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Beet.TV
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.
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Marketers Enlist Mobile Phones as Utility Vehicles  —  NEW YORK Beginning next month, the cold-and-flu wary will have a new weapon in their prevention arsenal: weather alerts sent to their cell phones courtesy of Vicks.  —  The messages are part of an effort by parent company Procter & Gamble …
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 …
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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Robin Wauters / blognation:
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
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Tim Lee / Techdirt:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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