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4:25 AM ET, November 28, 2011

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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.
Discussion: Uncrunched, Kotaku and @karaswisher
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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Startups Are Hard.  So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining … Suddenly everyone's complaining about how unfair things are in Silicon Valley.  How hard everyone has to work so darn hard, and how some people don't get venture capital or a nice sale to Facebook or Google even though lots …
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: Electronista and I4U News
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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 …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Cyber Monday retail sales may hit record
Business Week:
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 …
Discussion: VG247
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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
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
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 …
Nate Bolt / TechCrunch:
Why Instagram Is So Popular: Quality, Audience, & Constraints  —  Editor's note: Guest contributor Nate Bolt runs the UX firm Bolt |  Peters, teaches design research at SVA iXD, and made that one SF to Paris time lapse.  —  I get asked a lot why Instagram is so popular.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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.
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 …
 
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Best Buy airs TV ads promoting itself as a source for Apple products
Discussion: PhoneArena
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Analysis: Sprint network upgrade may curb unlimited data
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and PhoneArena
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
A Facebook Smartphone - Why?  —  At the end of last week's Monday Note …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
More EXOdesk details surface: 10-point touch, custom HTML5 apps
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
How to Make Your Startup Go Viral The Pinterest Way
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Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Researchers put smartphones on a power diet, drastically improve battery life
Discussion: PhysOrg.com and Electronista
Maria Popova / Brain Pickings:
Steve Jobs and NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Cloud centers bring high-tech flash but not many jobs to beaten-down towns
Discussion: Business Insider and Electronista