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6:15 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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
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’ …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Shut Down Alexa Web Search Service; Practically No One Affected  —  Amazon is using the Thanksgiving break to quietly release some bad news - they're shutting down one of its web services - Alexa Web Search.  The service, which we first covered way back in 2006 …
Discussion: TechFlash
Amy Harmon / New York Times:
Grandma's on the Computer Screen  —  DEER PARK, N.Y. — Her grandfather wanted to play tea party, but Alexandra Geosits, 2½, insisted she had only apple juice.  She held out a plastic cup, giggling as she waited to see if he would accept the substitute.
Discussion: Alfred Thompson … and Smart Mobs
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, p2pnet, TUAW and digg.com
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
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: FireEye Malware … and InfoWorld
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
Discussion: Engadget and mobilesyrup.com
Labnol / 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.
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 …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
U.S. Army Goes Bot Hunting  —  As an automated network-flow analysis tool, BotHunter uses IDS routines to scan inbound and outbound network packet headers and payloads.  —  Most people whose computers have been turned into bots and linked to a botnet have no idea that their machines have been commandeered by cybercriminals.
Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
Sexy CNN Anchor Puts Out Absolutely Terrible Gadget Gift Guide  —  Oh, Veronica De La Cruz of CNN.  I understand that you are young.  I also understand that you are hot—especially when compared to some of the other folks (*cough*LarryKing*cough*) you work with.
 
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
In the wake of MySpace verdict, could social networks do more to protect consumers?
Discussion: New York Times
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Online ad study shatters myths
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Alley Insider
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake iPhone Flip doesn't look that bad
Discussion: Gizmodo and mobilesyrup.com
Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Digital camera with builtin printer launched
Discussion: PhotographyBLOG
ATSC:
ATSC APPROVES MOBILE & HANDHELD CANDIDATE STANDARD
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and mocoNews.net
 Earlier Items: 
Will Park / IntoMobile:
RIM's BlackBerry Storm and NY Times' Pogue don't mix
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yelp's European Counterpart Qype Continues Global Expansion
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Is No Longer Silicon Valley's Legal Defender
Discussion: louisgray.com