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9:40 AM ET, November 26, 2009


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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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, The iPhone Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Why Google Will Buy  —  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 would instantly give Google the technology to make that happen.
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 …
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.
March / Bloomberg:
Draper Fisher to Raise $400 Million for Startups in India, U.S.  —  Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) — Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the venture capital firm that backed Skype and Baidu Inc., expects to raise as much as $400 million by March to invest in startups in India, China and the U.S.
Discussion: The Next Web
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Microsoft Launches New Mobile Search Advertising Campaigns  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has launched a new mobile ad product that combines mobile search and display.  Called “Microsoft Mobile Marketplaces,” it should not be confused with Microsoft's “Windows Marketplace for Mobile,” which is its new app store on Windows phones.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Google's Not Done Giving: Free Wi-Fi in Even More Airports  —  Google got into the Holiday spirit several weeks early.  The search giant didn't want to just give boring old toys or gadgets, though.  No, when Google does something, it does it on a wide scale.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA to FCC: critics of video blocking proposals are lying
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Washington Post, link up for book sale experiment
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Bill Snyder / Bill Snyder's blog:
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