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6:35 PM ET, November 25, 2009


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Mac Pro / AppleInsider:
Apple authorized resellers launch Black Friday sales early [u]  —  As was the case last year, several Apple authorized resellers are getting a jump-start on the 2009 holiday shopping season by launching early Black Friday sales that offer up to $220 off Mac desktops and $250 off Mac notebooks.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Where to Find Black Friday Deals  —  The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and marks the official beginning of the holiday retail season. … So where can you find the Black Friday deals?  Google the term and a host of compilation sites pop up …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Sues To Stop Power Adapter Knock Offs  —  A lawsuit filed on Monday charges a California-based company with copying a patented Apple design.  —  Apple on Monday filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Media Solutions Holdings, a company based in Anaheim, Calif …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Chrome OS like lightning from a USB key: we could get used to this  —  We finally got around to prepping a USB key so we could boot to Chrome OS natively, and let us tell you: it's a world of difference.  Of course, running something natively instead of virtualized is always going to be a treat …
Bill Snyder / Bill Snyder's blog:
Chrome OS is from Mars, Windows is from Venus
Discussion: PC World, Download Squad and
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Nearly half the money spent at US retail on desktop PCs goes to Apple  —  In October, Mac US retail desktop computer revenue share was 47.71, percent up from 33.44 percent a year earlier, according to NPD.  It's a stunning number, given just how many Windows PC companies combined command …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Nice try, Mac geniuses, but we're filtering your tweets  —  There's something suspicious about all these stories about Mac fans “hijacking” the live #holidaywindows Twitter feed that Microsoft is using to display holiday messages at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The Huffington Post:
Mac Lovers Try To Take Over Microsoft's Holiday Window Display (UPDATED, PHOTOS)  —  UPDATE: A member of the Windows PR team issued this statement regarding the Twitter feeds posted in the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday window display: … In an effort to promote its new software …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Check the Redesigned Google (With Always-Visible Sidebar) Yourself  —  When you paste the following into the address bar of your browser when on and hit return, you should find yourself as new participant of Google's latest and more all-encompassing prototype test - the one with a new logo …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Emblaze's First Else unveiled in London, promises to be a game-changer  —  Folks, today might be the day when you start to notice how ancient our smartphones have become, even if they only came out in last few months.  Blame Else (formerly Emblaze Mobile) for their confusingly-named First Else …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses The Brains Behind Boss  —  The brains behind Yahoo Boss, a young engineer named Vik Singh, is leaving Yahoo to become an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sutter Hill Ventures.  Earlier this year, Singh was named to Technology Review's 35 Under 35 list at the age of 24.
Google Mobile Blog:
Get movie trailers and more with Google Search for mobile  —  Heads up, movie fans — today we've launched a mobile version of our new Google Search results for movies, which makes it easier to plan a trip to the movies.  Just go to in the web browser on your iPhone, Palm WebOS …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Brings Its Viewer App To Android Market  —  Ustream has just launched a version of its Ustream Viewer for Android Market, giving users the ability to access any Ustream footage while they're on the go, free of charge.  You'll be able to use the app for streaming video both over Wi-Fi and 3G.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Profiles Turn Into OpenIDs  —  As part of its push to go more social, Google has been attempting to unify its various account profiles into one Google Profile.  And now it's more useful.  Google's Brad Fitzpatrick has just tweeted out that Google Profiles can now be used as OpenIDs.
Discussion: Webmonkey, Thanks:chrismessina
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Wikileaks Says It Has Half-a-Million 9/11 Pager Messages  —  The document-leaking site Wikileaks says it's preparing to release 500,000 intercepted wireless pager messages from a 24-hour period encompassing the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  —  Site operators say they plan …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
LinkedIn hits 3 million members in the UK, eyes IPO in not so near future  —  [UK] Business social network LinkedIn has hit a milestone in the UK, surpassing 3 million registered users in these parts.  Kevin Eyres, Managing Director Europe at LinkedIn, announced the feat at a London event …
PC World:
Redirecting DNS Requests Can Harm the Internet, Says ICANN  —  ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) on Tuesday condemned the practice of redirecting Internet users to a third-party Web site or portal when they misspell a Web address and type a domain name that does not exist.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Racist’ Obama pic removed  —  Hot Girls website apologises over ‘monkey’ picture that had been appearing at the top of Google Images searches  —  A blog hosting an offensive image of Michelle Obama with monkey features has removed it and posted an apology.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Navigation App Waze Makes Crowdsourced Map-Building a Game  —  The latest edition of mobile navigation app Waze has just launched in the iTunes App Store and on the Android Market Place with the Symbian and Windows Mobile versions available on the Waze website.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surveys: iPhone users pay for digital content, while Mac users are all individuals  —  iPhone users are happier to pay for digital content than the wider online population; while Mac users are more creative and individualistic, a pair of surveys released this morning claim.
Prosecutors Seek Jail Sentence for Google Managers in Italy Web-Video Case  —  Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) — Milan prosecutors requested one-year jail sentences for two Google Inc. executives and the company's former chief financial officer if they're found guilty of privacy violations and libel breaches.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and NewTeeVee
Katherine Boehret / All Things Digital:
A Clicker To Watch TV Online [The Mossberg Solution]  —  Finding TV shows online can be a major hassle.  If you can remember which network hosts the show, you then must hunt through a maze of listings of several other television shows on that network's Web site to find it.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Washington Post, link up for book sale experiment  —  The Washington Post and are joining forces for an e-commerce experiment.  When books are mentioned in Post articles and reviews, the newspaper links to an online store powered by Amazon, where readers can buy the books in question.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Smartbook Says Bloggers Can't Use The Word Smartbook Anymore.  Smartbook.  —  For most of us, the term ‘smartbook’ (a device that's somewhere in between a smartphone and a netbook) is nothing but the latest tech buzzword du jour.  For German company Smartbook, however …
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: A new look for Gmail and Google mobile web apps  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, App Advice and Phone Scoop
Christina Warren / Mashable!:
PREVIEW: Tweetie 2.1 for iPhone Gets Twitter List Support  —  Ever since Twitter Lists started rolling out to all users, there has been a big race to add the feature to all the popular Twitter clients.  —  Web apps and Adobe Air-based apps got in on the action first and some native-platform clients …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hot Potato Is Ready to Eat: Do Twitter, Facebook Users Want Another Real-Time Chatter Service?  —  Last month I told you about Hot Potato, one of the buzziest start-ups in the very buzzy “real time” sector.  Now you can check out the service yourself.  But not really.
Discussion: Daily Patricia and alarm:clock
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Music streaming app Spotify comes to the U.S. early next year  —  Perhaps the most-hyped music service coming out of Europe is making its way to American shores early next year.  —  Spotify's desktop software lets users stream from a massive catalog of music for free.
Discussion: Pop & Hiss and Lifehacker
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