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4:50 PM ET, November 23, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday 2011 deals revealed: discounts on iPad, iPod, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and accessories  —  A trusted tipster has provided us with the details on Apple's Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale.  The sale is very similar to Apple's offerings in past years …
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple's Black Friday: $101 off Macs, up to $61 off iPad 2?  —  What kind of deals will Apple offer on Black Friday?  —  Apple's Black Friday plans have apparently been leaked, and if they prove true, there might not be much to write home about.  —  According to 9to5Mac, it has received a …
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Microsoft Signs Nondisclosure Agreement With Yahoo  —  Microsoft has signed a nondisclosure agreement with Yahoo, according to a person briefed on the matter, formally lining itself up as another potential bidder for the struggling Internet company.  —  By signing the agreement …
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Eric Jackson / Tech and China:
Why Yahoo!'s Board Wants A Deal Before January 7th
Discussion: Business Insider
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Samsung Is Going Right For Apple Fanboys' Jugular With Its Latest Commercial  —  I got a good laugh out of this one.  —  Samsung is kicking off a new ad campaign this week, directly taking a swipe at Apple fanboys and the iPhone and promoting its flagship Galaxy S II line of Android phones.
E! Online:
Steve Jobs Movie: “Something I'm Strongly Considering,” Says Social Network's Aaron Sorkin  —  Aaron Sorkin is taking on one tech mogul at a time!  Earlier this year, Sorkin won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his Facebook flick The Social Network.
Minjae Ormes / YouTube Blog:
Welcoming your favorite Disney movies to rent on YouTube  —  Today, the first of hundreds of The Walt Disney Studios movies from Disney, Disney  ·Pixar and DreamWorks Studios are coming to YouTube.  These titles join thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios …
Greg Lamm / TechFlash:
Know Your Meme's Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop  —  The pepper spray incident at the University of California Davis campus has gone viral.  And one place where people are expressing their reaction on the internet is on the Know Your Meme website, run by Seattle startup Cheezburger Network.
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Matthew Stevens / L.A. NOW:
‘Anonymous’ hackers target pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer
Discussion: CNET News
Steve Silberman / NeuroTribes:
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face  —  Graphical interface pioneer Susan Kare, photo by R.J. Muna  —  Point, click.  —  The gestures and metaphors of icon-driven computing feel so natural and effortless to us now, it seems strange to recall navigating in the digital world any other way.
Discussion: Laughing Squid and The Next Web
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy Nexus U.S. Launch Is In December  —  There's been a lot of confusion as to when Samsung and Google's Galaxy Nexus would launch in the U.S.  —  When the phone was first announced, the company said it would be available in November.  —  Well, November is almost over.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google responds to Galaxy Nexus volume bug: ‘we have a fix’  —  The Galaxy Nexus volume bug has been squashed in Google's labs.  The Android software maker has just announced it has a fix for the problem plaguing UK owners of the new Nexus, which will be rolled out “as soon as possible.”
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Could Be Ready for Commercial Production by Feb. 2012  —  There may be more to Apple's developing relationship with Sharp than simple supply-chain diversification and OLED panels for future iPhones and iPads.  The Japanese company is said to be playing a role in the production of the long-rumored Apple television.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
As Investors Flee Groupon, Outlook for I.P.O.s Darkens  —  Unable to break a three-day slide, shares of Groupon tumbled again on Wednesday, as more investors dumped shares.  —  For the first time, since it went public earlier this month, Groupon broke below its offering price of $20 per share.
Technology Review:
Undercover Researchers Expose Chinese Internet Water Army  —  An undercover team of computer scientists reveals the practices of people who are paid to post on websites  —  In China, paid posters are known as the Internet Water Army because they are ready and willing to ‘flood’ the internet for whoever is willing to pay.
Discussion: Slashdot and Fudzilla
Carl Franzen / TPM Idea Lab:
Hackers Leak Facebook Law Enforcement Guidelines  —  A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails …
Discussion: Public Intelligence
Annalyn Censky / CNN Money:
Malls track shoppers' cell phones on Black Friday  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Attention holiday shoppers: your cell phone may be tracked this year.  —  Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two U.S. malls — Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords  —  Foursquare, and most of the apps built on top of the location service's developer platform, are great for exploring the physical world for entertainment.  But a new iPhone app called 4sqwifi (download here) …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and apas.gr
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive - designing personal cloud storage for billions of people  —  SkyDrive has grown tremendously since we launched in 2007, and recently, we've made a number of updates to SkyDrive:  — In June we overhauled our website and used the latest browser standards to simplify our photos …
Discussion: CNET News and TechNet Blogs, Thanks:ryanburk
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More  —  Since January 2011, Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services.  —  Google users searching for terms like “torrent”, “BitTorrent” and “RapidShare” will notice that no suggestions …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Cuts Off Another Group of Ad Players, Including Google  —  Yahoo, which is trying to boost its flagging advertising business by cutting out layers of technological middlemen, is at it again.  —  Ad industry sources say the Web giant is pulling back direct access to its inventory from …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the largest seller of smartphones in the U.S., cut revenue forecast as much as 23 percent as the global economic crisis and rising competition from Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) dent demand.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
HTC considering Chrome OS for Internet-access devices  —  Although Chromebooks offered by Acer and Samsung Electronics may see low cumulative sales of 25,000-30,000 units at the end of 2011, HTC is evaluating the feasibility of combining the advantages of Chrome OS and Android for use …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Windows Phone Marketplace Is Riding High On Free Content  —  Last week, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) revealed on the anniversary of the Windows Phone Marketplace that the app storefront now has some 40,000 apps in its catalog.  Some numbers out today reveal that there are 1,650 free …
Discussion: Guardian, Smartphones … and Go Rumors
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Spotify paying subscribers jumps to 2.5 million  —  Spotify now has 2.5 million paying subscribers, the company announced in a blog post today.  —  Spotify didn't say how the subscribers break down by country, but it appears that its expansion to the U.S. has been a significant factor in its growth.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
HTC could drop its planned purchase of S3 Graphics following the ITC ruling favoring Apple  —  Taiwanese handset maker HTC's lawsuit against Apple over infringement of S3 Graphics' patents has suffered a fatal blow (in addition to this one) as the United States International Trade Commission …
 
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Just in Time for Black Friday, Google Updates Product Search
Discussion: Google Commerce and The Next Web
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and The Register
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung does not contest Apple's representations of the scope of the EU antitrust inquiry
Edward Marquez / Redmond Pie:
Apple and Microsoft to Add NFC Support (E-Wallet Technology) to Phones in 2012
Bloomberg:
Nokia Siemens Cuts 17,000 Jobs, to Save $1.3B
Dan Levine / Reuters:
HP prods EU antitrust authorities against Oracle
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
More smartphones now sold in China than in U.S.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Amazon will take over Android app distribution
Ben Worthen / Digits:
H-P Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip
Discussion: Inquirer and Softpedia News
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Expands Subscription Service to Games