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12:30 AM ET, November 24, 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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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 …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
“Leaked” Facebook Law Enforcement Guides Already Available, Still Bad For PR  —  Several news outlets today wrongly reported that Anonymous Antisec hackers had leaked “newly available” Facebook law enforcement guidelines that explain how and what data can be obtained by officials with a subpoena, warrant, or court order.
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:joshconstine
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: SlashGear and Pulse2
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
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 …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Removes Game Subscription Plan  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) removed Big Fish Games Inc.'s subscription service from its App Store, reversing a move that would have given iPad users access to dozens of video games for a monthly fee.  —  “We were notified that the app was removed,” said Paul Thelen …
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.
Business Week:
Palantir, the Vanguard of Cyberterror Security  —  The Silicon Valley up-and-comer fuses fingerprints, DNA, video, and manifold other data to provide the best heads-up technology yet  —  In October, a foreign national named Mike Fikri purchased a one-way plane ticket from Cairo to Miami, where he rented a condo.
Discussion: Beyond Search and Business Insider
Caroline Ross / MIT:
Important step toward computing with light  —  Research at MIT produces long-sought component to allow complete optical circuits on silicon chips.  —  David L. Chandler, MIT News Office  —  There has been enormous progress in recent years toward the development of photonic chips …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Exhibit on Display at U.S. Patent Office Museum  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week opened a new exhibit honoring Steve Jobs at its museum in Alexandria, Virginia.  Located in the atrium of the office's Madison Building headquarters, the free museum offers interactive exhibits …
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Barack Obama Joins Google+, White House Itself Still Not There  —  First Britney Spears takes the top Google+ spot away from Google CEO Larry Page today.  Now the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has opened an account.  —  Not Yet Verified, But Yes, Real  —  Is it really him?
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.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Personal Audio strikes again, has the Kindle Fire in its patent trolling sights  —  'Tis the season for reflecting upon our many gifts in life and giving thanks for them.  If you're Personal Audio, however, once you've thanked your lucky stars that you own a patent on musical playlists …
Discussion: paidContent, BGR and The Register
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 …
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: TUAW, Laughing Squid and The Next Web
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Carrier IQ retracts cease and desist letter sent to security researcher, says it doesn't track Android users  —  It looks like the unabashed fury of the Android hacking community was too much for data-collection developer Carrier IQ to take: the company has apologized and retracted the cease …
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Amazon, EBay Pop Up on Retail's Turf to Grab Holiday Sales: Tech  —  Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc., aiming to get more consumers to shop online this holiday season, are taking their fight to brick-and-mortar retailers' home turf on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Discussion: GeekWire
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google going after YouTube typo domains that lead to survey scams  —  Google is going after several popular typos of the web address YouTube.com, all owned by the same person.  —  Each typo domain leads unsuspecting users to a site that looks confusingly similar to the official YouTube site …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
 
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Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
House panel to meet on spectrum bill December 1
Discussion: Electronista
New York Post:
Apple on track for Dec. 9 Grand opening
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
Technology Review:
Undercover Researchers Expose Chinese Internet Water Army
Discussion: Electronista, Slashdot and Fudzilla
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Cuts Sales Forecast on Competition From Apple, Samsung
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
4sqwifi Uses Foursquare To Show You Nearby WiFi Locations And Their Passwords
Discussion: apas.gr and ReadWriteWeb
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google responds to Galaxy Nexus volume bug: ‘we have a fix’
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive - designing personal cloud storage for billions of people
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Exclusive: Lenovo also working on a 5-inch Android tablet, because pockets need love too