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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Today in Tech: Galaxy Nexus, Black Friday, ‘Skyward Sword’

Galaxy Nexus gets strong early reviews: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google’s next flagship phone, has been getting strong early reviews ahead of its as-yet unannounced U.S. launch date. The phone hit stores in Britain on Thursday, and reviewers are calling it the best Android phone yet. The Galaxy Nexus will launch in the U.S. on Verizon’s LTE network, but the review units handed out by Google run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network — the international version.

AT&T selling phones for a penny:Getting into the Black Friday spirit, AT&T has announced some of its deals for the weekend after Thanksgiving, including a lineup of popular smartphones for . . . a penny.

AT&T isn’t saying much about its offers for Black Friday itself, only that touchscreen devices, including tablets, will start at “unbelievably low prices.” But those looking to get a Windows 7 phone can grab them on Saturday, Nov. 26, for one cent. On what has been called Cyber Monday, the company will also be offering the Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, BlackBerry 9810, HTC Inspire and LG Thrill for a penny.

Google’s Brin gives half a million to Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has been passing the hat via a banner on the Web site for months, asking for small donations to keep the free Web encyclopedia humming along. Answering the call, Google founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, the co-founder of personal genetics company 23andMe, have awarded a $500,000 grant to the Wikimedia Foundation through their own Brin Wojcicki Foundation.

‘Modern Warfare 3’ sets five-day sales record: The Call of Duty franchise has another record-breaking title on its hands. On Thursday, Activision announced that “Modern Warfare 3” had shattered a five-day sales record the studio had set previously with last year’s title “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” According to a release from Activision, the game has made more than $775 million in its first week, as compared to the $650 million set by “Black Ops.”

Of course, Activision had previously set the record in 2009 with the release of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” So really, if “Modern Warfare 3” hadn’t set the record, it would have been seriously letting down its family.

‘The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword’: Firing up Nintendo’s latest addition to the Zelda series, “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” is like stepping into a daydream. The visuals are gorgeous, whether you’re soaring through the sky or fighting off enemies with your trusty sword. The game has many classic elements — you get to play, again, as the stalwart Link — but doesn’t feel dated, only familiar.

While it’s not perfect, “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is a must-have for fans of the series and for those looking for a strong, new title for the Wii. The title launches on Sunday, Nov. 20, and will cost $49.99.

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