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9:00 AM ET, November 30, 2009

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comScore, Inc.:
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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Black Friday Mac Sales Down Sharply This Year
Discussion: AppleInsider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
E-commerce spending off to good start; Will it last?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Record-Breaking Black Friday for eBay's PayPal
Discussion: Reuters and Gearlog
Stewart / Alsop-Louie Partners:
Droid Doesn't: It's Not Ready For Prime Time  —  The Motorola Droid is truly terrible, in part because it has such promise (and has been amazingly well reviewed — I worry I'm missing something).  Ironically, most of the blame for the cruddiness of the phone really should be laid at Google's feet, not Motorola's.
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fall and Rise of Media  —  Historically, young women and men who sought to thrive in publishing made their way to Manhattan.  Once there, they were told, they would work in marginal jobs for indifferent bosses doing mundane tasks and then one day, if they did all of that without whimper or complaint …
Discussion: Screenwerk, A VC, Daily Patricia, HighTouch and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Business Wire:
Kindle Breaks Record for Sales in a Single Month During November  —  Kindle is the Hottest Gift This Holiday Season Across All Amazon Product Categories—Not Just Electronics  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced that November is already …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Features Chrome For Mac Beta Will Be Missing  —  As we've noted, Chrome for Mac is getting very, very close to its official beta launch.  The team is down to a mere 8 bugs to fix before it's ready (and it looks like the list has been trimmed to 7 as of a few hours ago).
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Only 8 Bugs Stand In The Way Of Chrome For Mac Beta
Discussion: Erictric and 9 to 5 Mac
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Automates Its Story Factory.  Does that Kill an Associated Content Deal?  —  A couple of weeks ago, AOL told Wall Street it will be cutting its payroll by one-third, via buyouts and layoffs.  Now comes its plan to make the remaining employees more productive: New technology that assigns and even edits stories automatically.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of Windows 7 Satisfaction  —  Windows 7 is scarcely more than a month old.  Most of the people who will eventually use it haven't gotten around to trying it yet; those that have are still settling in.  And the Win 7 experience will change rapidly as remaining bugs are squashed …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
More On Seesmic's Vision of Programmable Twitter clients  —  I announced during Ray Ozzie's keynote at the Microsoft PDC that Seesmic is building a programmable Twitter client so I am glad that Dave Winer likes this idea too and might be interested in building the first features.
Thanks:seesmic
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rssCloud Blog:
We need: A programmable Twitter client
Discussion: Shotton.com, Twittercism and Technovia, Thanks:atul
Bing / Search Blog:
Top Bing Searches in 2009  —  Cue Music.  Awwww, 2009.  It was a year of UFO shaped dirigibles, mom jeans on pop stars, real housewives, a new president, and a new decision engine.  Oh and there may have been something about Vampires too, we weren't really paying attention.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Google This!  —  The tech giants duke it out—again. … From the magazine issue dated Dec 7, 2009  —  For some reason, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google never got the memo explaining how everyone is supposed to be terrified of Microsoft.  This drives Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer nuts.
Royal Pingdom:
Study: Males vs. females in social networks  —  Have you ever wondered how many of Twitter's users are women?  Or men?  What about Facebook, MySpace, Digg, LinkedIn, and other sites in the social media sphere?  —  We have tracked down this information for a number of social network sites (19 of them).
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 …
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.
Telegraph:
Britons expected to spend £300 million on ‘Cyber Monday’  —  Retailers are gearing up for a virtual stampede of customers as the online Christmas shopping season begins in earnest.  Scores of stores, including Amazon and Play.com are holding “Monday Madness” one-day sales.
 
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
7 reasons why e-book readers make lousy gifts this year
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Open Source as a Model for Business Is Elusive
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Not Easy Being Popular. …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Checkout Now Deals In Holiday Savings
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
In Japan, an Odd Perch for Google: Looking Up at the Leader
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Cloud computing goes green underground in Finland
Discussion: Softpedia News
Chris Saad / Paying Attention:
Calling for open  —  Steve Gillmor often writes fantastic …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, Thanks:atul
Harris Lin / DigiTimes:
Netronix developing e-book readers on Android platform
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
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Jeremy Hsu / LiveScience:
Smartphones Could Form Chemical Detection Networks
Discussion: Gearlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Intel's desktop roadmap leaked, with faster i5 and i7, introduction of i3
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
TechFlash:
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook get free pass from potential rivals
Thanks:atul
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple to Take iPhone's Maps App to ‘the Next Level’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs are Amazon's ‘Most Wished For’
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft's top developers prefer old-school coding methods
Discussion: Beyond Search and OSNews