Daily Dispatch: Black Friday iPhone apps; Google’s new look

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How to Prepare Your iPhone for Black Friday (ReadWriteWeb)

…You can have all the deals at your fingertips, thanks to new iPhone applications that list everything on sale. And that's not all, either. Read on for our guide to preparing your iPhone for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season beyond.

Google Tests A New Look For Its Search Pages (paidContent.org)

…And the results pages now features a left hand column by default, which includes related searches as well as a colorful way to quickly navigate to other Google properties, including news. Search Engine Land reported last week that the changes could go live to all users next year—if the tests are successful.

Sidebar Delivers Personalized Mobile Apps And Content To Android (TechCrunch)

…Sidebar will ask you a series of demographic questions (gender, age, location) and a series of questions to determine your interests and content preferences (i.e. what type of news do you prefer, do you play online games, what types of outdoor activities are you interested in). Once Sidebar figures out a rough sketch of who you are, the app will begin to recommend mobile content to you.

Google Search by voice: Now in Times Square! (Google Mobile Blog)
On Black Friday, Google's Times Square demo is scheduled to run for 20 hours straight:

If you've been to Times Square in New York City over the past couple weeks, on any day from 12:30-2:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm, you may have noticed that Google Search by voice is powering Times Square's largest combined displays — the Reuters Sign and the NASDAQ sign. Anyone can call 888-376-4336 and say the name of a business or a location that they want to search for, like "museum of modern art" or "pizza". Then, the query and local search results from Google will appear on one of the two electronic billboards.

Paint-Free Coke Can Saves Energy, Reduces Pollution (inhabit)

Designer Harc Lee has created a “naked” Coca Cola can that forfeits Coke’s typical bold red and white stripes in favor of au naturale silver. The aluminum can is created without using any paints or dyes, and stands to greatly reduce pollution and energy use associated with producing and recycling soda cans.

Scientists give grubby children a clean bill of health (guardian.co.uk)

…Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California found that being too clean could impair the skin's ability to heal. The San Diego-based team discovered that normal bacteria that live on the skin trigger a pathway that helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt.

Lighter Side: A cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" by the Muppets has become an instant YouTube hit with 3.7 million views since being posted on November 23rd.