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10:41 PM ET, November 29, 2009

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Black Friday Boasts $595 Million in U.S. Online Holiday Spending, Up 11 Percent Versus Year Ago  —  Strong Lead-Up to Black Friday Boosts Holiday Spending Growth to 3 Percent for the First 27 Days of the Season  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Only 8 Bugs Stand In The Way Of Chrome For Mac Beta  —  We know that a beta version of Chrome for Mac is due at least by the end of December, but today brings more confirmation that it may be even closer than that.  Mike Pinkerton, the guy leading the Chrome for Mac team …
Discussion: Erictric
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Killed Windows 7 Family Guy Special Even More Horrible Than I Imagined  —  Microsoft's posted the clips from Family Guy's killed hackathon that would've shilled for Windows 7, and they're even more brain-liquefyingly stupid than I thought.  Just watch, but when your brains leak out your ears, don't say I didn't warn you.
TorrentWatcher / TorrentFreak:
10 Alternatives To Mininova  —  With an impressive 175,820,430 visits and close to a billion page views in the last 30 days, Mininova set a record that they will be unable to break in the near future.  Last August a Dutch court ruled that Mininova had to remove all links to ‘infringing’ torrent files, with disastrous consequences.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweetie 2.1 Hits The App Store With Lists, Retweets, Geolocation And More  —  Earlier this month we did a preview of Tweetie 2.1, the latest version of the popular iPhone Twitter client.  Today, it has just hit the App Store as a free download for Tweetie 2 owners.
Discussion: Download Squad, Fone Arena and MacNN
Simone Weichselbaum / NY Daily News:
Gangs in New York talk Twitter: Use tweets to trash-talk rivals, plan fights  —  The city's street gangs are becoming tweet gangs.  —  Manhattan's young thugs have turned to Twitter, and the cops who track them are fast behind, the Daily News has learned.  —  It's old-school crime meets …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs are Amazon's ‘Most Wished For’  —  But some people may not be getting the computers they hoped for this holiday season  —  On the eve of Cyber Monday, Apple (AAPL) Macs held the top three spots on Amazon's (AMZN) “Most Wished For” laptop list, as well as the top four spots on the desktop computer wish list.
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and 9 to 5 Mac
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Barnes & Noble delays Nook shipments to stores  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) said on Sunday it would delay shipments of its newly launched Nook electronic reader to stores as the company strives to deliver preordered devices to consumers before the holidays.
Discussion: CNET News
rssCloud Blog:
We need: A programmable Twitter client  —  Unix had a shell language.  DOS had a batch language.  Lotus 1-2-3 had its macro language.  Emacs is a programming tool as much as it is a text editor.  We have gotten out of the habit of making programmable end-user products …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Intel's desktop roadmap leaked, with faster i5 and i7, introduction of i3  —  Just when you thought you had enough gigahertz in your life, along come the folks at Impress to blow the doors off Intel's upcoming crop of desktop processors.  In the highly detailed charts there's wild talk of a low-powered …
Discussion: Gizmodo and AppleInsider
TechFlash:
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook get free pass from potential rivals  —  After watching the rise of YouTube, Microsoft launched its own Soapbox video site.  After seeing Craigslist pull in huge amounts of traffic, the Redmond company launched its own online classifieds, Windows Live Expo.  Its Evite competitor?
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Jeremy Hsu / LiveScience:
Smartphones Could Form Chemical Detection Networks
Discussion: Softpedia News
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft's top developers prefer old-school coding methods
Discussion: OSNews
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Matt Mullenweg:
Micro-blogging vs Mega-blogging
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Foursquare, Facebook is Poised To Dominate Geo
Discussion: thylmann.net and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:atul
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
ARM Aka Apple Rejected Me Is The New ‘fmylife’ For iPhone Developers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Field Testing Next Generation iPhone (3,1)