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7:15 PM ET, November 30, 2008

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Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Black Friday Web sales jump  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Online sales jumped on Black Friday as consumers searched for electronics such as the Wii video game console and Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, according to eBay Inc and Amazon.com Inc.  —  Amazon.com and eBay had both forecast a weaker holiday …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Black Friday bestsellers  —  In a holiday shopping season that got off to a better start than expected, Apple (AAPL) products sold particularly well — although not as well as last year, judging from sales at Amazon, America's largest online retailer.
comScore:
Black Friday Sees $534 Million in E-Commerce Spending, Up 1 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  Upcoming ‘Cyber Monday’ Represents Strong Historical Bellwether for Total Holiday Season E-Commerce Spending  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported its tracking …
Discussion: TechFlash and MediaMemo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
“Total Fiction”: There Is No $20 Billion Microsoft Deal to Buy Yahoo Search (Not Yet, at Least!)  —  A report in the Times of London in which Microsoft would buy Yahoo's search business in a convoluted $20 billion deal that would include well-known Internet execs Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn …
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John Waples / Times of London:
Microsoft in $20bn Yahoo deal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Reports Of New Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Hard To Believe
Discussion: Shoemoney
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A new, elaborate $20 billion deal for Microsoft to buy Yahoo Search?
Discussion: Joe Duck
Jason / BMW Blog:
BMW Using Microsoft Surface for Product Navigator  —  BMW has hosted a video on how they are implementing Microsoft Surface for product configuration.  BMW is the first car manufacturer worldwide to use this product commercially.  By interacting with this multi-touch surface that runs …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Gizmodo
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Only the Rich Can Afford It.  Should Taxpayers Back It?  —  THE Tesla Roadster is an electric car that goes fast, looks sensational and excites envy.  The seductive appearance, however, obscures some inconvenient truths: its all-electric technology remains woefully immature and don't-even-ask expensive.
Glenn Kelman / TechCrunch:
The First-Time CEO's Recession Survival Guide  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is written by Glenn Kelman, the CEO of Redfin, an online real estate broker.  His industry went into recession a year ago, so he's had a little more time than most startup CEOs to think about how to deal with the current downturn.
Zephoria / apophenia:
reflections on Lori Drew, bullying, and solutions to helping kids  —  The involvement of Lori Drew (an adult) in the suicide of Megan Meier has been an unavoidable topic.  Last week, Drew was tried on three counts of accessing computers without authorization, a legal statute meant to stop hackers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
10,000 iPhone Apps  —  148Apps, which tracks and reviews iPhone Apps, says 10,000 applications have now been released on the iPhone App store (the site is named after the fact that you can add up to 148 applications to an iPhone or iPod touch).  —  A tribute page shows a mini icon for every application.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
The SEC  —  First let me say that this has nothing to do with me, but given my interest in all things financial and the government during this financial crisis, I read with interest the Office of Inspector General's Report to Congress regarding the SEC. The SEC deserves credit for casting such a critical eye at itself.
Discussion: Alley Insider
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Google's Gatekeepers  —  In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site.  —  ‘If your whole game is to increase market share,’ says Lawrence Lessig …
John Markoff / New York Times:
You're Leaving a Digital Trail.  What About Privacy?  —  HARRISON BROWN, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in mathematics at M.I.T., didn't need to do complex calculations to figure out he liked this deal: in exchange for letting researchers track his every move, he receives a free smartphone.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Slashdot
 
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
TV Sales Becoming Litmus Test for U.S. Economy
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