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2:15 PM ET, November 27, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Black Friday Sales Begin Around the World  —  Apple's Black Friday sales have begun around the world in their New Zealand store and Australia stores.  The sales show modest discounts similar to previous years.  —  The only Macs that are on sale include the iMac and the MacBook.
Sachi Izumi / Reuters:
Nokia to cease sales in Japan  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, said on Thursday it will stop selling mobile phones in Japan except for its luxury Vertu brand after struggling to expand its presence.  —  Finnish Nokia has previously said it will cut costs ‘decisively’ …
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Electronista:
Nokia 5800 sees limited shipping  —  Nokia today said it has started the first wave of shipments of the 5800 XpressMusic, its first touchscreen phone.  The Symbian S60 device is already on sale or should be soon for the few regions receiving it before the end of the year …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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Nokia:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic now shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced today that the highly anticipated Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is now, or soon will be, available in select markets globally, including Russia, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, among others.
Discussion: Engadget and mobilesyrup.com
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake iPhone Flip doesn't look that bad  —  We've seen quite a few iPhone clones in the past.  However, today we're presenting you with “something completely different.”  It's the iPhone Flip or at least the Chinese unofficial version.  As you can see from the image above, the device doesn't look that bad at all.
Discussion: Gizmodo and mobilesyrup.com
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Estonian ISP Cuts off Control Servers for Srizbi Botnet  —  An Estonian ISP that temporarily hosted the command-and-control servers for the Srizbi botnet, responsible for a large portion of the world's spam, has cut off those servers, according to computer security analysts.
Discussion: Security Fix and InfoWorld
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive botnet returns from the dead, starts spamming
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
European Head Toby Coppel Departs Yahoo  —  Yahoo is losing yet another top executive-Toby Coppel, its EVP and managing director of Europe and Canada, is set to announce today that he is stepping down.  —  The departure, which has been in the works for months, is not related to the recent news …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yes, Twitter is a source of journalism  —  Like a lot of other people, I've been following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) throughout the day, using Twitter and blog search and Wikipedia and Flickr and YouTube and pretty much any other tool I can get my hands on.
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TechCrunch UK:
OpenStreetMap grows, spawns ecosystem  —  This is a guest post by Ed Freyfogle, co-founder of property search engine Nestoria.  —  OpenStreetMap started four years ago in the UK as a project to create a free and editable world map.  What began as a few geogeeks wandering the streets …
Electronista:
Nokia intros Home Control Center platform  —  World's-largest cellphone maker Nokia on Thursday announced it is developing the Nokia Home Control Center, a platform that will allow users to control their home electronics, security systems and energy management systems via a mobile device.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Inquirer
Will Park / IntoMobile:
RIM's BlackBerry Storm and NY Times' Pogue don't mix  —  RIM's first touchscreen BlackBerry is proving to be one heck of a media-darling, the likes of which the iPhone would be proud.  Some shower the BlackBerry Storm with praise, while others belittle the BlackBerry's SurePress click-able touchscreen.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Releases Long-Awaited Mac Version  —  Until today, uTorrent - the client of choice for most BitTorrent users - was only available on Windows PCs.  Now, after years of waiting, Mac users finally have the chance to try uTorrent, to see for themselves how it fares against the competition.
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Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Online ad study shatters myths
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Happy Thanksgiving '08 From The Search Industry
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Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Digital camera with builtin printer launched
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ATSC:
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Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and mocoNews.net
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone OS 2.2 Problems Run Rampant
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Why you can't trust ‘friends’ on Facebook
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