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11:25 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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
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
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.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
TweetsGiving uses Twitter to fund a classroom in Africa on Thanksgiving  —  With a few hours to spare, TweetsGiving, a web-based project set up to help build a classroom in a school in Tanzania has surpassed its goal of raising $10,000.  What's interesting is how the word spread about this project …
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: paidContent and CNET News
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
As Cash Stops Flowing, Venture Capitalists Get Creative  —  As venture-capital funds face a cash crunch driven by the financial downturn, they are taking extreme measures to ensure they can fund their investments.  —  Some venture capitalists are selling their equity stakes in start …
Discussion: Alley Insider
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
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 5800 XpressMusic now shipping
Discussion: PhoneReport v2.0 and Engadget
 
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Releases Long-Awaited Mac Version
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Electronista:
Nokia intros Home Control Center platform
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Will Park / IntoMobile:
RIM's BlackBerry Storm and NY Times' Pogue don't mix