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5:10 PM ET, November 28, 2010

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New York Times:
Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels  —  WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WikiLeaked Diplomatic Cables Confirm China's Politburo Was Behind Google Hacking Incident  —  Details about the U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks are starting to come out.  Although WikiLeaks itself may be under a denial of service attack, it provided several newspapers around …
Guardian:
US embassy cables: browse the database  —  Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables.  Mouse over the map below to find stories and original documents by country, subject or people
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WikLeaks Reports It Is Under A Denial Of Service Attack  —  @wikileaks  —  We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.  —  about 5 hours ago via webRetweet  —  A lot of people, including many governments, have problems with WikiLeaks, the site dedicated …
Tal Ater / Green Any Site:
Is Facebook Preparing to Launch Video Chatting In a Partnership with Skype?  —  While working on the Green Any Site facebook application, and digging around facebook, I noticed a curious little object in their code which wasn't there a few days ago.  —  The object, which is simply called VideoChat …
David Segal / New York Times:
For DecorMyEyes, Bad Publicity Is a Good Thing  —  SHOPPING online in late July, Clarabelle Rodriguez typed the name of her favorite eyeglass brand into Google's search bar.  —  In moments, she found the perfect frames — made by a French company called Lafont — on a Web site that looked snazzy …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Amid economic doldrums, Apple has a spectacular year  —  As 2010 draws to a close, much of the tech world is struggling to regain its footing after a difficult recession.  Then there's Apple.  —  Never before has this venerable company, which at age 34 is a grizzled veteran by Silicon Valley standards …
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Decline and Fall of E-Mail  —  I have in my computer every e-mail message I have sent or received since 1992.  Minus the obvious spam, this database comes to about half a million messages from people as varied (or similar, if you think about it) as Larry Ellison and Larry Flynt.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google TV Already In Trouble?  Sony Offering 25% Off Blu-ray Google TV Units  —  Google TV might be in a bit of a pickle if a Best Buy and Sony sale is any indication.  The platform launched a few weeks ago with the Logitech Revue and Sony Internet TV.  Both are loaded with the same system …
EE Times:
Quantum hard drives on the horizon  —  Quantum hard drives on the horizon  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — The California Institute of Technology has demonstrated that quantum entanglement can simultaneously transfer whole blocks of quantum information, providing a proof-of-concept for future quantum HDs.
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Unlock for iPhone 3GS and 3G on iOS 4.2.1 Released !  —  As promised, the iPhone Dev-Team has released the necessary carrier unlocking tools which can unlock the latest iOS 4.2.1 firmware on iPhone 3GS and 3G on basebands later than 05.13.04.  Since iPhone 4 has different baseband OS …
Discussion: MacStories and iThinkDifferent, Thanks:taimurasad
Fred / A VC:
Chasing Returns  —  I've spent much of this long weekend curled up on the couch reading Too Big To Fail, Andrew Ross Sorkin's history of the financial crisis of 2008.  I've wanted to read this book since it came out last year but it took me a while to get to it.  I'm enjoying it very much.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sites With Government Seized Domains Are Moving On, On Twitter
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

 
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