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10:00 AM ET, November 30, 2009

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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Online Sales Huge On Black Friday, Apple Retail Mac Down  —  Update: Munster has issued a new Black Friday report that includes e-commerce information.  —  It looks like Apple's Web business was huge: Sales were up 39% year-over-year on Black Friday, according to comScore …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Apple's Black Friday sales under analysts' microscope
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Macs are Amazon's ‘Most Wished For’
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.
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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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
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.
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).
Discussion: Podcasting News
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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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
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).
Discussion: Gizmodo
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Only 8 Bugs Stand In The Way Of Chrome For Mac Beta
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
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
7 reasons why e-book readers make lousy gifts this year  —  An e-reader seems like a sweet, substantive and long-lasting gift.  But so is a fruitcake.  —  Computerworld - Two years ago, the best holiday gift was an Amazon Kindle — if you could get your hands on one.
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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
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.
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
PC vendors pessimistic toward future of MIDs
Discussion: SlashGear
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony outs world's first TransferJet chips for short-range wireless transfer
Discussion: CrunchGear
Josh / Redeye VC:
Let's just add in a little virality
Owen Fletcher / Computerworld:
Baidu targets Google with mobile search app
Telegraph:
Britons expected to spend £300 million on ‘Cyber Monday’
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Open Source as a Model for Business Is Elusive
Discussion: Open Source
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Not Easy Being Popular. …
 Earlier Items: 
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 and The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
Harris Lin / DigiTimes:
Netronix developing e-book readers on Android platform
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Engadget
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