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7:40 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
Discussion: Spiegel Online and TeleRead
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 7 hours ago via webRetweet  —  A lot of people, including many governments, have problems with WikiLeaks, the site dedicated …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Gold Standard” Search Results Take Big Hit In New York Times Story  —  The New York Times has a great, detailed story out today about a merchant with an unusual marketing strategy: be mean to customers.  Any publicity, even negative publicity, means a win with Google's ranking algorithms.
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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 …
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 …
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
George W. Bush to answer live questions from Facebook HQ tomorrow  —  Former US president George W. Bush will be live from Facebook headquarters tomorrow answering questions about his new book “Decision Points”.  —  Facebook announced the news this afternoon and after just 35 minutes …
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.
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
What's in Amazon's Box? Instant Gratification
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:rawmeet
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:blogfisher