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1:40 AM ET, November 29, 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 …
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 …
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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.
Thor Muller / Social Studies Blog:
When businesses attack...their customers  —  Get Satisfaction is better known these days for providing a platform for companies to “love their customers,” but at times it's also a channel for consumers to make their voices heard to companies that actively spurn them.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What should Google do?  —  Twitter was abuzz last night with links to the David Segal's amazing NYTimes yarn of a bad internet actor who says he uses — and eggs on — customer complaints to get more links and mentions online, thus more Googlejuice, thus more business.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Sprint and Clearwire deliver WiMAX to Los Angeles, Ohio, Miami and Washington DC, promises SF on December 28th  —  Seems like Sprint wants to get every last lick of 4G coverage in before Verizon flips the switch on LTE — today, its joint venture with Clearwire is launching WiMAX in the City of Angels a day ahead of schedule.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Sprint fires another shot at Verizon; launches 4G in six more markets
Discussion: Featured News
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Now a Giant, Google Works to Retain Nimble Minds  —  When a product manager at Google told his bosses this year that he was quitting to take a job at Facebook, they offered him a large raise.  When he said it was not about the money, they told him he could have a promotion …
comScore, Inc.:
Black Friday Boasts $648 Million in U.S. Online Holiday Spending, Up 9 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Thanksgiving Day Surges 28 Percent to $407 Million as Consumers Increasingly Use Day for Online Shopping  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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 …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Comcast internet down across parts of the eastern seaboard, fix on the way  —  Twitter's abuzz with angry Comcast customers tonight, as internet service is down in Boston and parts of the eastern United States, a situation the company's since confirmed at its official Twitter account.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
Will Tablets Kill the PC Star?  —  The proliferation of iPads and other tablets is starting to curtail sales of laptops.  —  THE AGE OF THE TABLET COMPUTER is upon us, and Wall Street stepped up its efforts this week to gauge just how destructive the trend will be to the traditional personal-computer market.
Discussion: AppleInsider and Fortune
 
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Google buys Groupon for $2.5 billion?
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:jasonlbaptiste
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile? …
Discussion: Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Momento Is Perhaps The Perfect Passive Diary App
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Google Maps faces July 2011 deadline on China regulations
Discussion: The Next Web and Asiaone
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The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
 Earlier Items: 
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Amid economic doldrums, Apple has a spectacular year
Fred / A VC:
Chasing Returns  —  I've spent much of this long weekend curled …
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
The Decline and Fall of E-Mail
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
EE Times:
Quantum hard drives on the horizon
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sites With Government Seized Domains Are Moving On, On Twitter
Discussion: GRANDGOOD
Brad Stone / Business Week:
What's in Amazon's Box? Instant Gratification
Discussion: TeleRead, Thanks:rawmeet