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In the United States, Thanksgiving Day derails the regular workweek with food and family, but Ars still had a full week of reporting. If you were travelling or entertaining house guests, and didn't have time to follow all of our best reports, here's a handy list of some of the most important things that happened this week:

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In the United States, Thanksgiving Day derails the regular workweek with food and family, but Ars still had a full week of reporting. If you were travelling or entertaining house guests, and didn't have time to follow all of our best reports, here's a handy list of some of the most important things that happened this week:

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E3 came and went this week, and the big three console makers displayed their wares. Nintendo was the only one to show off a next-generation console, and it's counting on classic characters to sell the system.

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This week's big breakout gaming feature was a in-depth look at how the internet gaming community banded together to solve the most arcane puzzle in Xbox indie hit Fez, even if they weren't really sure why their solution worked the way it did. We also took a look at how Nintendo's declining sales are dragging down reported numbers for the entire industry, talked to the developer of a Baldur's Gate revamp about why he's not thrilled with console development, and looked at a potential console firmware update that could make a dent in our collective household energy use.

I'm looking forward to playing Diablo III with some friends and the wider public during the open beta this weekend. I'm KyleOrl on Battle.net if you want to try and track me down. Use the secret code "Ars Technica is the best site ever!" so I know you're not a stranger.

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Readers were asking about the existence of triggers on Razer's Project Fiona, so here is a picture of the back of the hardware. See? Triggers!

We were at CES this week, and here are some of the stories we brought back. If Nintendo is going to launch the Wii U in 2012, the company doesn't have much time to give us some actual details about the hardware and the games we can expect. On the other hand, that's probably what E3 is for. Come inside and check out the biggest gaming stories of the week, and to see what we thought of the Fiona itself.

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This week, our top Apple news discussed Apple's first update to Lion, why Nintendo won't dive into iOS devices just yet, fake Apple stores in China, and Apple's actions against Samsung in Europe. There's also some renewed buzz about Apple's still-unannounced fall Apple event, as well as new rumors about LTE iPhones. Read on for the roundup:

22 more "fake" Apple Stores found in China; how many more are there?: First, the Internet went crazy over a blogger's account of an "Apple Store" in China that happened to be entirely unauthorized. Then two were shut down. Now, 22 more have been ordered to quit using Apple's trademarks in China. But this is just the beginning.

We may want Mario on the iPhone, but Nintendo won't slit own throat: Nintendo has so far refused to release games for Apple's popular mobile devices. With slagging sales of the Wii and the lackluster launch of the 3DS causing the company a loss for the second quarter, investors are asking the company to reconsider. But it won't happen as long as president Satoru Iwata is in charge.

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So... played any good games lately? Our admittedly harsh review of Duke Nukem Forever drew strong thoughts from both sides of the debate, as did the resulting PR implosion when a company working on the game's publicity threatened to blacklist certain outlets based on poor reviews. If I thought I had it bad having to play this game and then continually talk about it, I have to admit that's nothing next to losing your job for trying to defend it.

In better news, Skyrim looks great, and we know a bit more about the power of the Wii U. It has been quite the week, so stop by and see what stories you might have missed.

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