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8:50 AM ET, November 28, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Black Friday 2008: $300 MacBook Pro Discounts, iPhone App Sales  —  Apple has officially unveiled their Black Friday sales for their online and retail stores.  The discounts are very similar to last year's event.  The only two Mac models on sale are the iMac and MacBook with discounts of up to $101 for the mid-to-high-end models.
Stephanie Busari / CNN:
Tweeting the terror: How social media reacted to Mumbai  —  (CNN) — It was the day social media appeared to come of age and signaled itself as a news-gathering force to be reckoned with.  —  The minute news broke of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, social media sites like Twitter were inundated with a huge volume of messages.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
CNN quakes as Twitter rapid fires Mumbai news  —  It's one thing when a couple dozen or so tech blogs rally around the idea that Twitter is an excellent source for the quick dissemination of news in the time of crisis — many of us have been trumpeting this fact for months if not longer …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Terror Attacks in Mumbai & Overestimating the Potential of Twitter  —  What just happened in Mumbai has given us ("bloggers") another chance to proclaim that Twitter, and not mainstream media, is “the” place to go for getting breaking news updates.  See this conversation on Techmeme.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Best of Black Friday Deals Complete Roundup  —  Best of Black Friday Deals Complete Roundup  —  Like the rest of the holiday season, Black Friday seems like it starts earlier every year, so it feels like we've been leaking deals and doing round ups for ages.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Would you know a base station if you saw one?  —  El Reg compo to identify those in the know  —  What with the SiteFinder database still not getting updated it's time to see if you notice now when the lamp post next to you is suspiciously pregnant, or if cellular base stations have become …
Economist:
Not ye olde banners  —  Internet advertising will be relatively unscathed in the downturn  —  AT THE beginning of the year Jeff Zucker, the boss of NBC Universal, a big television and film company, told an audience of TV executives that their biggest challenge was to ensure …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fring Lays Off 20%, Says Business Is Surging  —  Israel-based mobile VoIP startup Fring joins the layoff parade by letting 10 people, or around 20% of total staff, go.  Company CEO Avi Shechter says the company is doing well, though, and the layoffs were to ensure that the company had enough capital to get them past 2009.
Jesse Brown / Search Engine:
Is Canada becoming a digital ghetto?  —  Here are three things that suck about being Canadian right now:  — Last week the CRTC sided with Bell against a group of small Internet Service Providers who want to offer their customers unthrottled connections where what they download is their own business and not subject to interference.
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
Facebook: Please Let Us Spam Your Email Box  —  At least a year ago, we found Facebook's email notification settings page and turned off all of its alerts.  Why?  We have no interest in getting an email every time someone requests to be friends, tags us in photos, sends us an event invitation, etc.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Micron to launch hyperfast SSD, touts 1GB/sec. throughput  —  Micron says the technology could extend to consumer systems  —  Computerworld) Within the next year, Micron Technology Inc. expects to bring to market a high-end solid-state disk drive that could achieve 1GB/sec. throughput, according to a company executive.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Google Ads for Terrorism Spotted on Mumbai Stories
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Paul Meller / PC World:
Europe to Cap Prices for Roaming Text Messages and Data
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Thanksgiving parade gets a live ‘Rickroll’
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