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Are you ready for the pre-dawn rush of Black Friday? If not, here is Andrew Nusca's ultimate cheat sheet to this year's gadget deals n' steals, newly updated with the latest store circulars.

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Google revealed a bevy of noteworthy developments for its Chrome OS, but the success or failure of the Chrome OS will ride on whether users will give up desktop applications. by Larry Dignan

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AOL will lay off a third of its workforce once it is spun off as a public company. The company's ad business is a wreck. And the best thing AOL has going for it is a subscription model (read dial-up) that's also in decline.
HTC has pushed Windows Mobile to the extreme with this device and it shows in an amazing product.
The answer is, maybe both. The Internet has plunged government institutions into a very steep learning curve, creating new frontiers that many bureaucrats believe help how they run the country. by Doug Hanchard
The Hackett Group reports that 300,000 IT jobs have disappeared in 2009, a spike that will translate into nearly 2 million eliminated technology positions between 2000 and 2014. by Larry Dignan
This episode of CIO Sanity Savers looks at some time-tested tips that leaders can use to be more effective with their time. by Larry Dignan
The Samsung Behold II launched a couple of days ago on T-Mobile USA and it's the carrier's fourth Google Android device. Here's a look at the device and its unique interface.
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