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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
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2
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 …
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.
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.
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: ZDNet and Public Intelligence
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Microsoft's Craig Mundie On Siri: Been There, Done That (Video)  —  Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie isn't nearly as impressed with Siri, the voice recognition interface for the Apple iPhone 4S, as a lot of other people.  Mundie, in fact, contends that Apple …
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.
Discussion: Quora, New York Times, Pulse2 and TechCrunch
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Matthew Stevens / L.A. NOW:   ‘Anonymous’ hackers target pepper-spraying UC Davis police officer
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
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco to HP: Please Stop Suing Those Employees We Poach  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems would like to stop hearing so often from lawyers at rival Hewlett-Packard.  More specifically, it would like HP to stop suing ex-HP employees seeking jobs at Cisco.  —  In a Cisco blog post …
Discussion: Business Insider and Cisco Blog
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.”
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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
 
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Just in Time for Black Friday, Google Updates Product Search
Discussion: Google Commerce and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Cuts Off Another Group of Ad Players, Including Google
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business
Discussion: Engadget, The Register and The Verge
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung does not contest Apple's representations of the scope of the EU antitrust inquiry
 Earlier Items: 
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
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo also working on a 5-inch Android tablet, because pockets need love too
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
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Nokia's Microsoft Phones May Not Get Traction, Analyst Says
Ben Worthen / Digits:
H-P Offers Customers Path Away From Maligned Chip
Discussion: Inquirer and Softpedia News