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3:45 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 …
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.
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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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   What should Google do?  —  Twitter was abuzz last night …
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 …
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Google buys Groupon for $2.5 billion?  —  While neither company has confirmed the story, the acquisition follows a week of buyout rumors  —  Google has just purchased Groupon for $2.5 billion, according to an unnamed insider who spoke with VatorNews.  Neither Google nor Groupon …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:jasonlbaptiste
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen  —  Microsoft this week filed a patent application covering a novel way to construct a “tactile” touchscreen - a display that uses technical tricks to convince users they are actually touching the ridges, bumps and textures of a displayed image.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneArena and TG Daily
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 …
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile?  Rogue application spreads virally  —  Once again, a rogue application is spreading virally between Facebook users pretending to offer you a way of seeing who has viewed your profile.  —  As we've described a couple of times before …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
 
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Owen Fletcher / Digits:
Return of the China Twitter Clone?
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Sprint fires another shot at Verizon; launches 4G in six more markets
Discussion: Engadget and Featured 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
Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
Will Tablets Kill the PC Star?
Discussion: AppleInsider and Fortune
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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