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7:35 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.
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
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’ …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Vue Weekly, p2pnet and VentureBeat
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: CNET News, IntoMobile and Inquirer
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
Paul Meller / PC World:
Europe to Cap Prices for Roaming Text Messages and Data  —  European telecommunications ministers gave their backing on Thursday to a plan to cap retail prices for sending SMS (Short Message Service) text messages and browsing the Internet using mobile phones while abroad.
Discussion: PC Magazine
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Thanksgiving parade gets a live ‘Rickroll’  —  The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York got “Rickrolled” on Thursday.  —  If you weren't watching the parade live or on TV, you probably saw the mass influx of Twitter messages: '80s pop singer Rick Astley, whose cheesy song …
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 …
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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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
Labnol / Digital Inspiration:
Terror Attacks in Mumbai & Overestimating the Potential of Twitter
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
U.S. Army Goes Bot Hunting
Julian Lee / Sydney Morning Herald:
Online ad study shatters myths
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake iPhone Flip doesn't look that bad
Discussion: Gizmodo and mobilesyrup.com
TechCrunch UK:
OpenStreetMap grows, spawns ecosystem
 Earlier Items: 
Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Digital camera with builtin printer launched
Discussion: PhotographyBLOG
ATSC:
ATSC APPROVES MOBILE & HANDHELD CANDIDATE STANDARD
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and mocoNews.net
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