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5:10 PM ET, November 26, 2008

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David Pogue / New York Times:
BlackBerry Storm Downgraded to a Depression  —  Research in Motion (RIM), the company who brought us the BlackBerry, has been on a roll lately.  For a couple of years now, it's delivered a series of gorgeous, functional, supremely reliable smartphones that, to this day, outsell even the much-adored iPhone.
Arn / MacRumors:
Black Friday Discounts on Macs Have Begun  —  MacMall has announced their Black Friday sale which will runs from now until midnight P.T. on Friday, November 28th.  Last year's MacMall sale delivered some of the largest discounts available online.  This year, however, MacMall faces stiff competition …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple sale!  All Macs must go!  —  You know times are tight when even Steve Jobs starts cutting prices.  —  Apple (AAPL), which keeps the tightest reins on list prices in the business, seems to have loosened them significantly this holiday season.  Authorized resellers who normally …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Search the Web Through a Vertical Lens  —  Over the last few months we've showcased a handful of innovative mashups that developers have created using Yahoo! Search BOSS.  The creations have ranged in functionality and focus, but all have included interesting applications of Yahoo! Search's index, infrastructure and technology.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Quintura blog
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens” Search Through BOSS  —  Yahoo announced an expansion to the BOSS technology named “vertical lens” technology.  In short, this allows developers build their own vertical search engines using Yahoo's search technology, through BOSS.  This new technology is replacing Yahoo's old Search Builder tool.
Discussion: Webware.com and WebProNews
BBC:
Apple made to drop iPhone advert  —  An Apple iPhone advert has been banned by the advertising standards watchdog for exaggerating the phone's speed.  —  The advert boasted the new 3G model was “really fast” and showed it loading internet pages in under a second.
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Apple Macs and Notebooks Remain Hottest Holiday Gift Ideas in 2008  —  With the 2008 holiday shopping season here, consumers looking for that special gift are likely checking out the new Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro that hit the market earlier this year.  The two new Apple MacBooks remain high …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Macsimum News
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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
First impressions: Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display
Discussion: MacRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SEC Outlines Its Reasoning For Shutting Down P2P Lender Prosper  —  Last month, peer-to-peer lender Prosper stopped all new lending on its site because of scrutiny by the SEC. Prosper agreed to register under the Securities Act, a process which can take months.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon.com Tries User-Generated Public Relations  —  Just as Tom Sawyer got his friends to whitewash that fence, Internet companies have been delighted to offer their users the chance to perform many of the tasks they would otherwise have to hire people to do, from making videos to tattling on those who write offensive comments.
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Business Wire:   Amazon.com Announces First-Ever Holiday Customer Review Team
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills Canadian SMS updates.  Can the U.S. be far behind?  —  As regular readers know, I hate SMS (text messaging).  It's not the idea or technology that I hate, it's just the ridiculous costs associated with it.  Why should I pay AT&T $15 a month for unlimited text messages …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Fred / A VC:
A Growth Story  —  Yesterday I saw (and twittered) a comScore report on online spending this holiday season.  So far this holiday season (comScore calls Nov & Dec the holiday shopping season), $8.2bn has been spent online which is down 4% versus the same time period last year.  The report goes on to say:
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Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Despite Hard Times, Many Consumers Expect to Spend the Same …
Nicholas Carlson / Alley Insider:
Yahoo Still Losing Search Share: Time To Do Deal, Focus On Display  —  Yahoo should do a a search deal with Microsoft now, if only so it can focus on its strengths — on and off network advertising to its tremendously large audience.  —  Nielsen's October U.S. search share rankings show Yahoo's …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
comScore: Yahoo Still Major Player In Japan
Discussion: comScore and Webware.com
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
How widely used is Chrome?  More than I expected  —  Chrome doesn't have much market share among CNET News visitors, but it's climbing.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  Is Google's Chrome browser mainstream?  —  Certainly not.  But I've been curious how widespread its use is …
James Plath / DVDTOWN.com News:
Samsung Blu-ray players to deliver Netflix in HD  —  Tools:  —  Recommend this news to a friend »  —  Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that its two cutting-edge Blu-ray players, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Hand Accounts Of Terrorist Attacks In India On Twitter, Flickr  —  Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they're starting to catch up now).  People are giving first hand reports of what they're seeing directly on Twitter.
Discussion: GigaOM and CNN
Gmgfarrand / Instructables:
VGA to USB power!  —  introVGA to USB power!  —  This INSTRUCTABLE came into being because of the new craze of NETBOOKS.  —  These small laptops have only 3 or less USB ports which is fine for some people, but for others that want to use an external Mouse, Keyboard, or just want to charge your MP3 player …
Chris Shipley / DEMO.com:
In a Tough Economy DEMO Delivers Value  —  As the December 1 deadline for DEMO 09 demonstrator applications approaches, you can bet that we're getting all sorts of questions about the event, the audience it pulls, its track record, and - most notably - its price.
Discussion: Valleywag
Daniel Lim / SlashGear:
More 5D Mark II video - Vincent Laforet's 7 days 7 shoots  —  Three months after its introduction, Canon finally ships the EOS 5D Mark II; but due to the holiday and huge demand of this 5D sequel, early adopters may not be able to get their unit in time for turkey session.
William Neuman / New York Times:
Bad News Travels Fast, Courtesy of the M.T.A.  —  Sometimes your commute comes with a surprise: you get down to the subway platform and find it crammed with people.  The crowd grows and grows, but no train comes.  Somewhere up the line there is a stuck train, a sick passenger or some other delay.
Discussion: Electronista
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Lori Drew Not Guilty of Felonies in Landmark Cyberbullying Trial  —  LOS ANGELES — Lori Drew, the 49-year-old woman charged in the first federal cyberbullying case, was cleared of felony computer-hacking charges by a jury Wednesday morning, but convicted of three misdemeanors.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Why can't Microsoft make money online?  —  Yes, the software giant is hugely profitable.  Just not where it competes with Google.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Struggle?  You don't normally think of that word applying to the company Bill Gates founded.  But there it is: Microsoft …
 
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Ian D Thomas / Lies, Damned Lies:
Ads in user-uploaded videos - new work from Stanford
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Webmetricsguru
Lauren Weinstein / Lauren Weinstein's Blog:
Sending Secret Messages Via Google's SearchWiki System
Discussion: Slashdot and FoOlRulez blog.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Lycos Europe To Shut Down After Failing To Find Buyer
Wall Street Journal:
Tech Shares May Fall Further
Discussion: Know It All and Valleywag
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Feuding India, Pakistani Hackers Deface Web Sites
Discussion: Switched
 Earlier Items: 
PC Pro:
Shocking state of British broadband revealed
Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Mac small business share nearly triples over the summer
Discussion: TUAW and Macsimum News
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Lenovo kills notebooks with a text message
Discussion: Guardian, SlashGear and digg.com