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1:40 PM ET, November 26, 2009

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Deletes All Infringing Torrents and Goes ‘Legal’  —  Mininova's decision to delete all infringing torrents from its index marks the end of an era that started five years ago.  —  In December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape.
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Mininova blog:
Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service  —  Today is an important day in the history of Mininova.  From now on, we are limiting Mininova.org to our Content Distribution service.  By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.
Discussion: Slyck and ZeroPaid.com, Thanks:arjo
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Microsoft ‘worked with Apple’ for Silverlight on iPhone, says Goldfarb  —  It was an impressive demonstration, once they got it working: H.264 video streaming wirelessly (and slowly, at least during the caching sequence) using Microsoft's Silverlight video streaming, to an Apple iPhone.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Turning Times Square Into A Giant Voice Search Experiment On Black Friday  —  There are few things more terrifying to me than the idea of going anywhere near a shopping establishment on Black Friday.  But if I lived in New York City, I think I would this year because Google, Verizon …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Black Friday Is for Suckers  —  Netbooks, e-book readers, and other post-Thanksgiving bargains to avoid.  —  Black Friday is a treacherous time.  Lured in by the promise of fantastic bargains, you flock to local big-box retailers, facing the threat of injury or even death to grab unbelievably cheap “doorbuster” gizmos.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What If Steve Jobs Hadn't Returned To Apple In 1997?  —  Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. Traditionally we take stock of the things that we're thankful for on this day each year.  And I realized that one of those things is Steve Jobs.  I'm thankful that he returned to Apple in 1997 and did the things he has done since.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Ikee worm author gets job at iPhone app firm  —  The author of the world's first iPhone worm must be feeling pretty chirpy today, because he's managed to get himself a job as an iPhone application developer.  —  21-year-old Australian Ashley Towns, revealed that he was going to join mogeneration …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Why Google Will Buy Milo.com  —  One piece Google needs in its retail shopping engine, Google products, is the ability to determine if the items searched for online are in stock at local physical stores.  Acquiring Milo.com would instantly give Google the technology to make that happen.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Draws A Line In The Sand For Third Party Ad Networks  —  If you had any question as to those Facebook ad networks that developers can run on their applications, question no longer.  Yesterday evening Facebook posted an update with those ad networks which are safe to run and those that aren't …
Discussion: Facebook Developers
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
Qualcomm's Mobile Payment Strategy: Fix the “Costanza Wallet”  —  While Qualcomm for many is synonymous with wireless, the company acquired Atlanta-based mobile banking startup Firethorn two years ago with an eye to also becoming a major player in the mobile payment space.
Louis Gray:
Is There a Looming Battle Over OAuth's Successor?  —  The OAuth protocol, used on many popular Web sites and applications to pass your credentials between sites without requiring the entry of your user name and password, including Twitter, is potentially under pressure from a team …
Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia X6 Comes with Music and capacitive touchscreen: shipping now  —  What are you thankful for today?  If you live in Finland or the UK and pre-ordered a X6 then you might be obliged to Nokia for having just set your new handset free.  That's right pilgrims, Nokia's new flagship Comes with Music handset is now shipping.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Corel Buys Out Corel  —  Apologies for the confusing headline, but I couldn't resist.  —  This morning, long-time software maker Corel Corporation turned over full ownership to Corel Holdings, a limited partnership controlled by an affiliate of Vector Capital, majority investor of the company behind …
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Merrill Lynch: Cloud Computing Market Will Reach $160 Billion...Really?  —  The estimates for cloud computing can make you wonder sometimes about what to believe.  Analyst firms and it looks like investment houses, can be notorious for wild estimates about market sizes.
Discussion: Money Morning
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Microsoft's Xbox Live Sees 2 Million Facebook Users in First Week — What's Next?  —  Microsoft put out a press release yesterday touting the success of its Xbox Live console gaming network, and the company included some stats about its new integration with Facebook and other web services.
Discussion: Softpedia News and RyanSpoon.com
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Talking to Developers About New Plans for Its Virtual Currency  —  Facebook first broached the idea of creating its own virtual currency for third-party developers back in December of 2007.  The company has slowly rolled the “Credits” product out.  First it introduced the currency …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Discussion: TG Daily
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Brian Heater / AppScout:
New Site Logs iPhone App Store Rejections  —  Last week I wrote a column for PCMag discussing the state of Apple's iPhone vetting process.  In the piece, I stated, “No one but Apple knows precisely how many apps have been rejected.”  The creator of App Rejections responded this week, saying …
 
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March / Bloomberg:
Draper Fisher to Raise $400 Million for Startups in India, U.S.
Discussion: The Next Web
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Not Done Giving: Free Wi-Fi in Even More Airports
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA to FCC: critics of video blocking proposals are lying
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
MSI reportedly to layoff 10-20% of employees in early 2010
Discussion: bit-tech.net, Maximum PC and TechSpot
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Washington Post, Amazon.com link up for book sale experiment
Discussion: TeleRead
 Earlier Items: 
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU hearing on Oracle, Sun deal on Dec 10 - sources
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses The Brains Behind Boss
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Profiles Turn Into OpenIDs