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11:45 PM ET, November 27, 2011

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In Some Virtual Worlds, the Thrill Is Gone  —  Zynga and other social game developers search for the next FarmVille-scale hit  —  Just a few weeks after Mafia Wars 2 went live on Facebook, Din Shlomi got tired of playing the game.  A self-described hard-core gamer from northern Israel …
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Zynga Builds Its CastleVille Walls, As Its Facebook Traffic Flattens And Falls  —  New Facebook game CastleVille is one of Zynga's fastest-growing titles ever, as it announced a few days ago.  That's good news for the company, but maybe not good enough when you consider the trajectory …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:eldon
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Zynga's Tough Culture Risks a Talent Drain  —  Zynga's chief executive, Mark Pincus, got an earful from employees last month.  —  In dozens of e-mails to a companywide list, frustrated workers complained about the long hours and stressful deadline periods.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Black Friday Retail Store Sales were “off the charts”  —  We obviously had to white out numbers above - From Apple's Retail inventory system.  —  A source inside Apple Retail has shared with us the numbers for Apple's Black Friday sales event.  Black Friday is always huge shopping …
Discussion: ITProPortal
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Black Friday E-Commerce Spending Up 26 Percent To A Record $816M; Amazon Most Visited Retailer  —  As we heard on Saturday, IBM reported a 24 percent increase in online sales for Black Friday this year.  ComScore is announcing even stronger results for e-commerce, with Black Friday seeing $816 million …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
A Look at Apple's Spot-the-Shopper Technology  —  A Black Friday visit to the Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., offered a glimpse of the new technology Apple is using to speed purchases.  —  A store employee, Diego Aguirre, demonstrated an internal iPhone application that, for the last few weeks …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It's Not Clear Why  —  Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: “Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff.”  —  And absolutely everyone obeyed.  I know they did because no planes fell from the sky.
Discussion: @qthrul and @pkafka
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Data Furnaces Could Bring Heat to Homes  —  TO satisfy our ever-growing need for computing power, many technology companies have moved their work to data centers with tens of thousands of power-gobbling servers.  Concentrated in one place, the servers produce enormous heat.
Discussion: GeekWire, Feld Thoughts and Gadgetopia
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROID 4 vs. DROID RAZR - The Evolution of DROID, Specs, and Official Pictures  —  The DROID 4 has come from out of no where to having us within just a couple of weeks away from launch.  The current target date that we have seen from Verizon is December 8, the same day that we could potentially …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
My 10 years of blogging: Reflections, Lessons & Some Stats Too  —  Ten years is a long time.  Sometimes it is so long that one forgets a lot more than one remembers — like the fact that it I have been blogging for a decade.  I would have totally forgotten about the amount of time that has passed …
Discussion: @scottbeale, @joshelman, @devindra, @cpen and @jason, Thanks:pkedrosky
Benjamin Wallace / Wired:
The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin  —  In November 1, 2008, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto posted a research paper to an obscure cryptography listserv describing his design for a new digital currency that he called bitcoin.  None of the list's veterans had heard of him, and what little information could be gleaned was murky and contradictory.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
More EXOdesk details surface: 10-point touch, custom HTML5 apps  —  After teasing the EXOdesk themselves in a YouTube video, the company has passed along some details on the “interactive desk” to The Long Climb.  In addition to the (perhaps optimistic) rendering you see above …
 
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