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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer introduces 7-inch and 10.1-inch Android tablets, shipping April 2011  —  Shocker of shockers, folks — Acer's getting into the tablet game, too.  With the holidays too close for comfort, the outfit's giving everyone pause that was considering that janky Android tablet on sale for Black Friday.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals Iconia dual-screen laptop / tablet, Clear.fi cloud-based media sharing system  —  Here in New York at Acer's Global press event, the company's talking touch.  Lots and lots of touch.  It'll be introducing a veritable smorgasbord of equipment as the minutes roll on …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Acer reveals 4.8-inch Android smartphone with 1024x480 screen resolution  —  Acer may be calling this “100 percent smartphone.  100 percent tablet.,” but something just doesn't add up there.  That being said, we have to agree that a 1024x480 screen resolution on a 4.8-inch smartphone is downright drool-worthy.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple posts Black Friday sale teaser  —  In advance of the biggest shopping day of the year, Apple has posted a teaser for a Nov. 26 Black Friday sale on its website, telling customers to come back to the Apple Online Store on Friday for a special “holiday shopping event.”
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Beatles Aren't Yesterday, After All: Two Million Songs, 450,000 Albums in a Week  —  Question every Internet wisenheimer had last week: “Doesn't every Beatles fan already have every Beatles song?”  —  Answer: Nope.  Consumers had room for two million Fab Four songs …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Alternative Diaspora Launches Their Private Alpha With Some Bet Hedging  —  We've been tracking the progress of Diaspora, the open-source Facebook alternative, since before the project even started.  That's because the idea got so much buzz on the crowdsourced micro-funding site Kickstarter …
Firt / Mobile Web Programming:
Safari on iPhone & iPad 4.2: Accelerometer, WebSockets & better HTML5 support  —  iOS 4.2 is a free update for every iPhone, iPod or iPad device available now.  This new release provides some major changes on HTML5 and W3C future standards support, like WebSockets and Accelerometer support …
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Skyfire Debuts 3.0 for Android: A “Browser for the Social Networking Generation”  —  Skyfire, the mobile browser that brought Flash video to the iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, is unveiling version 3.0 for Android today.  This latest version of Skyfire, dubbed the “Facebook edition” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Is “Extremely Pleased” With Playdom/Disney Litigation Settlement  —  A little over a year ago Zynga sued rival game startup Playdom for, among other things, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of the duty of loyalty, tortious interference with contracts …
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
Bubble or bust?  Nobody knows anything … Sequoia Capital is widely (and, in my opinion, correctly) considered to be the best venture capital firm on the planet.  Their list of hits include Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Atari, EA, Google, Yahoo, and Paypal (and that's just counting the investments …
Discussion: SAI
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Google Fired an Apple Legend for Leaking Internal Memo  —  The saga of Randy Wigginton is long and lively.  He was employee number six at Apple.  A distinguished engineer at PayPal and eBay.  And now word out of Google is that he's been fired there for leaking a raise.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
How Kleiner Perkins Almost Blew Its Best Investment Since Google  —  The investment that could be Kleiner Perkins' greatest success since Google almost never was.  —  At the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, KP partner John Doerr said that “Zynga is the largest, most rapidly growing …
Discussion: Pulse2
Electronista:
Dell selling Streak unlocked in US with Android 2.2, 32GB  —  Dell today began selling an unlocked version of the Streak along with an OS upgrade.  The new version, which can now work on T-Mobile or other GSM carriers, is the first in the US to ship with Android 2.2 out of the box.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Yelp Introduces Checkin Offers  —  Foursquare may have pioneered the idea of rewards and specials associated with checkins, but everyone from Facebook to SCVNGR has followed suit.  Today, Yelp joins the fray, giving business owners the ability to add “Check-in Offers” to their venues.
Tim Carmody / Gadget Lab:
Microsoft Job Advert Hints at Apps for Xbox  —  Microsoft is looking to expand its Silverlight web platform to Xbox 360, according to a recent job advertisement placed by the company.  —  “Silverlight is looking to hire motivated developers with a passion for creating ground breaking …
Neil Stevens / The Big Blog:
Celebrating 25 million concurrent users  —  Yesterday we reached a new milestone for peak concurrent users: 25 million people online, on Skype, at the same time.  Our software is designed to handle large numbers of concurrent users, with wideband audio and group video calls all flowing smoothly around …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechSpot
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Embraces OpenStreetMap, Hires Founder  —  Microsoft announced that it has hired CloudeMade and OpenStreetMap (OSM) founder Steve Coast as “Principal Architect for Bing Mobile,” as well as a kind of liason to the “open map community.”  According to data in the Bing post announcing Coast's hiring …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Blekko Partners Up With Search Engine DuckDuckGo  —  Blekko, the little search engine that could, has just come off the success of hitting one million search queries day and 30,000 slashtags (human curated search topics like /colleges, /vegan, /blogs) created in it's first week of existence.
Reuters:
Wozniak says he was wrong about Nuance/Apple deal  —  (Reuters) - Retired Apple Inc co-founder Steve Wozniak said he was “totally wrong” in recently suggesting the iPhone maker had bought speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc.  —  Nuance's shares had touched a 2-1/2-year high …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hollywood's Big Hope: Google Shows Up With Suitcase Full of Money.  It Could Happen!  —  Here's a script Hollywood has been pitching for some time: Google comes to town with a checkbook in hand.  —  It hasn't happened yet, but the longer the company struggles to break into the market for …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Tim Berners-Lee: Facebook could fragment web  —  Founder of world wide web says some of the most successful social networking sites ‘have begun to chip away at its principles’  —  Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites represent “one of several threats” to the future of the world wide web …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
St. Clair accuses Apple, RIM, HTC of patent infringement  —  St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, a firm that sued Apple a year ago over camera-related patents, has filed a new suit in relation to patents it owns regarding power maintenance and processors.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Svpply Is a Social Shopping Site With a Funny Name, Good Buzz and a New Funding Round  —  One thing the first Web boom got right: Amazon, eBay and the other big e-commerce sites that made it really easy to buy stuff on the Internet.  —  But those sites are efficient places to get the things you know you want.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle-SAP: Closing Statements Followed by Closing Insults  —  With closing arguments said and done, the Oracle-SAP case is nearly over, but the companies continue to trade sucker punches outside the courtroom.  In dueling statements issued Monday night, Oracle branded SAP an IP plunderer …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Testers riled by Microsoft decision to pull Drive Extender storage from ‘Vail,’ ‘Aurora’ servers  —  In a move that has riled a number of Windows Home Server enthusiasts, Microsoft has announced it is removing its Drive Extender storage technology from the upcoming Windows Home Server 'Vail …
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Getting your “baggage” handled by the TSA?  Yeah, there's a badge for that  —  Foursquare's irreverent sense of humor couldn't have come into play at a better time.  As millions of travelers prepare for the US's busiest travel weekend of the year, foursquare has released a new badge picking up on America's latest punchline, the TSA.
Discussion: SAI
 
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Riley McDermid / VentureBeat:
Social media tracker Tynt gives developers content in real-time data streams
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Boasts About Its Supersized Video Offering, and Puts Ran Harnevo in Charge
Discussion: Beet.TV and SAI
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Curated.By hits public beta to let you bundle the whole Web
Bloomberg:
China Unicom Restricts Resale of Apple IPhone4
Discussion: The Next Web and MacNN
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
Opera 11 Beta Introduces Tab Stacking, Extensions
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iOS 4.2.1 Final Version Jailbroken Using Updated Redsn0w 0.9.6b4 [How to Guide]
 Earlier Items: 
Violet Blue / Tech Broiler Blog:
No “Gay” or “Sex” In Yahoo! Clues: The Emergent Trend of Filtered Results
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:violetblue
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Qype raises another 6.5 million euros to super-charge mobile, signs Vodafone deal
Discussion: paidContent, Screenwerk and VatorNews
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How Amazon.com undersells Best Buy, the Apple store, and almost everybody else.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Coupons.com Reaches $1 Billion In Coupons Printed, Growing …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FCC Updating 911 for the Texting Generation, SRSLY