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11:15 PM ET, November 28, 2008

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Business Technology:
Retail Sites Crash as Shopping Season Opens  —  Several retail Web sites experienced technical problems Friday, the latest reminder of one of the Internet's oldest rules: If you encourage people to visit your Web site, make sure the site can handle the extra traffic.
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Associated Press:
Black Friday traffic takes down Sears.com  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Sears.com was inaccessible to U.S. shoppers for two hours on Friday in what was the most notable Web hiccup of the holiday gift-buying season's official start.  —  Other sites, including Amazon.com Inc., experienced minor slowdowns …
Planetbeing / Linux on the iPhone:
LINUX ON THE IPHONE  —  Linux on the iPhone!  —  I'm pleased to announce that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to Apple's iPhone platform, with support for the first and second generation iPhones as well as the first generation iPod touch.  This is a rough first draft of the port …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
As Carl Icahn Buys More Yahoo Shares, Is It the Sign That a CEO Choice Is Near?  —  When everyone else has been selling, it seems Carl Icahn has decided to throw good money after bad-as in nearly $1 billion bad-by buying almost seven million more Yahoo shares, according to a regulatory filing.
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Icahn stock buy gives Yahoo shares a boost
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
New iStorez site gives users the scoop on Black Friday  —  iStorez, the web site that aggregates specials, newsletters and coupons from online stores to help its users hunt for deals, recently unveiled its new swanky look — and could prove a prime resource for Black Friday (and subsequent holiday) shoppers.
Discussion: CNET News
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Best of Black Friday Deals Complete Roundup
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel rethinks Netbooks: ‘Fine for an hour’ but...  The Netbook, take two: When Advanced Micro Devices said it wasn't going to focus on Netbooks, as Intel and its partners defined them, maybe it was on to something.  —  Intel is re-evaluating the Netbook market as possibly not The Next Big Thing.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nikon outs D3x in own Pro magazine  —  Uh, oops.  Sorry Nikon but your D3x is now even less of a mystery.  According to your own Pro magazine, the D3x will sport an FX-format, 24.5 megapixel sensor shooting 5fps at full resolution or 7fps at a reduced 10 megapixels.
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Dyan Machan / SmartMoney.com:
Jeff Bezos on the Future of Amazon.com  —  IN THE PAST decade, Jeff Bezos's online bookstore has exploded into an enterprise that sells everything — snowplows, canned goods, you name it.  More recently, Amazon.com (AMZN) has ventured into selling its own back-office software to other e-commerce businesses …
Discussion: Andrea on Amazon …
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
Responsible Tweeting: Mumbai Provides Teachable Moment  —  This morning when I checked the news about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, I saw many people on Twitter reporting that the Indian police or government had asked Twitter users to please stop reporting on police and military operations related to the attacks.
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Clearwire completes massive Sprint merger, gets $3.2 billion infusion  —  Clearwire and Sprint Nextel announced that they've finally completed the merger of their wireless broadband companies, a process that began in May.  —  Under the deal, Clearwire takes over Sprint's WiMax assets …
Discussion: DSLreports
Forbes:
Businessmen of the Year  —  China's Yang Yuanqing and American William Amelio pursue a different PC strategy for Lenovo, challenging mindsets and market dips along the way.  —  Forbes Asia's first such honorees from a Chinese company are actually not to be found in China in the normal course of business.
Joe Gould / NY Daily News:
Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede  —  A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.  —  The 34-year-old worker …
Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
MSI WindBox unveiled … In France MSI has unveiled a new product into its Wind range that makes the comical moniker even more amusing.  —  The “WindBox” is a low-cost, Asus Eee Box rivalling desktop PC - or nettop as these machines are increasingly being labelled - with a fairly unique twist.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Dong Ngo / Crave: The gadget blog:
Unlocking iPhone 3Gs—the Vietnamese way  —  Editor's note: CNET editor and Crave contributor Dong Ngo is spending the next month in his homeland of Vietnam, and plans to file occasional dispatches chronicling his impressions of how technology has permeated the culture there.
Discussion: Appletell
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Switching Off Standby Mode  —  Gadgets Save Energy, Cut Power to Snoozing Appliances  —  MADRID — It has been called “vampire power” or “phantom load,” likened to the power-hungry HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick's movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  The unblinking little red light …
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese internet giant sacks staff over paid for search listings  —  State media bring to light Baidu's practice of allowing unlicensed clinics to buy way into search results  —  China's internet giant Baidu has promised to overhaul its operations after state media accused …
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
 
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
ITV, Google Sign Paid Search Ads Deal; So Much For The ‘Parasite’
Discussion: Guardian
Staska / Unwired View:
Motorola RAZR3/Ruby canceled
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear
Yun-Hee Kim / Wall Street Journal:
Global Chip Makers Plan Cutbacks
BBC:
Barack Obama's plans for the web
Bonnie Ruberg / Forbes:
How iPhone Cuts Business Travel Costs
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber-attack on Defense Department computers raises concerns
Erica Sadun / Infinite Loop:
iPhone TV-out update: Now with control screen, camera feed
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and iPhone Buzz
Adam Vaughan / Pocket-lint.co.uk:
iPower SX enters solar charger fray
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
As holiday season closes in, e-books exploding in popularity
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Danish ISP ordered again to block Pirate Bay
Discussion: Music Ally
Sze / iTech News Net:
Meizu M8 Unboxed (Video added)
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and SlashGear
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