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12:50 AM ET, November 28, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
In The Age Of Realtime, Twitter Is Walter Cronkite  —  The year is 1963.  It's November.  At 1:40 PM ET, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite comes on the air. … Rapidly, everyone in America descends upon the closest television set to tune in.  —  Thankfully, we have not yet had a tragedy …
Anita Davis / Media Asia:
Twitter Japan to introduce payment model  —  TOKYO - Twitter Japan has further moved to differentiate itself from its global counterpart through the introduction of a tiered payment model that will charge audiences to view tweets from premium Twitter accounts.
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Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
6 Reasons Why Twitter Japan's Subscription Model Might Work (In Japan)  —  We reported today that Digital Garage, Twitter's partner in Japan, is ready to roll out a new, Japan-only way to monetize the service.  The way it'll work is pretty simple: Japanese Twitter users will soon be able …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Rupert has balls  —  Tweet: Rupert has balls.  Well, he used to.  —  That's the essence of Murdoch: balls.  It's the essence of the culture of News Corp., which I learned from working there (at TV Guide): Australian macho seat-of-the-pants instant decision making.  —  That is the secret to Murdoch's success.
Lee / Liliputing:
Dell provides custom Google Chrome OS image for Mini 10V users  —  Say what you will about Dell, but there's no denying that this is one of the coolest things any OEM has done for enthusiasts in a long time.  —  Own a Dell Mini 10V?  Wish you could give that early build of Google Chrome OS a try on your netbook?
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Acer launches Android phone, says targets on track  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Acer Inc started to sell its first mobile phone model running on Google's Android software this week, and will introduce more Android handsets next year, the head of its phone unit said on Thursday.
Mac Pro / AppleInsider:
Black Friday Mac and iPod price guides: find the lowest prices  —  Apple early Friday morning kicked off its annual Black Friday sale, offering $101 off MacBook Pros and iMacs.  However, the Mac maker's authorized resellers have far undercut the company, slashing up to $300 off MacBook Pros and $180 off iMacs.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Shots Of Facebook's Upcoming Redesign In The Wild, With A New Emphasis On Search  —  Over the last few days, Facebook has apparently been rolling out some UI changes to a small number of users, moving many of the navigation elements that currently rest at the bottom of the screen back to the left sidebar.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Lawyers target ‘pirates’ for cash  —  Around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.  —  ACS:Law plan to send notes to the accused in the New Year offering a chance to settle out of court for “several hundreds of pounds”.
Discussion: Neowin.net
The Official Google Blog:
The new Black (Friday)  —  The traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, has arrived.  If you're anything like us, you'll be seeking out the newest, coolest products and best deals today as you make those special holiday purchases.  —  Using Insights for Search …
Discussion: Softpedia News and I4U News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google: Comment Spam Can Hurt Your Site's Ranking  —  Google wrote a blog post named Hard facts about comment spam.  I'll sum it up for you quickly.  If you do not protect your site against comment spam, Google will trust your site less and it can ultimately hurt your rankings.
Vijay Pandurangan / VentureBeat:
What are Google's real motivations behind Chrome OS?  —  Chrome OS is Google's latest entry into the consumer space.  It is designed to be an operating system that runs on customized hardware and provides the user with only a state-of-the art browser running HTML-5 and some plugins.
 
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Lora Kolodny / New York Times:
Should Start-Ups Pay to Pitch?
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Is Apple not worried about unlicensed iPhone lyric apps?
Sebastian Rupley / GigaOM:
Samsung's bada Mobile Platform Due Dec. 8th
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Lenovo Buys Back Phone Unit With Eye on Mobile Web Products
Discussion: Reuters and Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
iTunes tagging goes live on Absolute Radio
Discussion: The Next Web
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Spin-based electronics gets boost
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Dave Munger / Cognitive Daily:
What your Facebook page says about who you “really” are
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Monday is losing its luster for online retailers
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com