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12:40 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online Including Its European Subsidiary Ciao, a Leading European Price Comparison and Shopping Site  —  Microsoft Corp today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenfield Online Inc, owner of Ciao GmbH, one of Europe's leading price comparison …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield For $486 Million; Selling Off Most Of It  —  In a complex and slightly confusing transaction, Greenfield Online, the online market research and surveys company, which earlier this week rejected a bid by media PE firm Quadrangle …
Business Wire:
Greenfield Online Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Microsoft …
Discussion: Voices
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, BitTorrent.  Hello, Streaming.  —  Comcast's decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it.  Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era.  As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Memo To Comcast: Show Us the Meter for Metered Broadband  —  Comcast is out defending its bandwidth caps and how they are not bad.  And how 250 GB transfer is plenty and enough to do whatever we want to do.  Of course, in today's terms that is more than enough, but what happens in the future?
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Cap Goes Live October 1 - Updated: Comcast confirms our story...
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Yahoo Sheds Some Skin, Drops Mash  —  Yahoo's bad luck in the social network arena continues: the latest casualty is “Mash,” which never left invite-only beta status since it was launched about a year ago.  —  Yahoo emailed Mash users yesterday to say it was shutting it down next month, TechCrunch reports.
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Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yahoo Mash gets smashed, bashed, quashed
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Down Mash, 0-4 On Social Networking
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?  —  Judy Estrin, who has built several Silicon Valley companies and was the chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, says Silicon Valley is in trouble.  In a new book, “Closing the Innovation Gap,” which will be in bookstores Tuesday …
Android Developers Blog:
Presenting the Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I  —  Since we started the first Android Developer Challenge late last year, we all have been eager to see who the winners of $275,000 and $100,000 would be.  All 50 applications that emerged from Round 1 of ADC I showed great promise …
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold set to be released on AT&T on October 2nd?  —  Consider this a pretty solid bit of info, though it has not been double or triple confirmed like we normally like to do, and well, we saw what happened with Rogers.  We've heard from pretty high up source at AT&T that they're aiming …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Bold Hitting Sept. 12 for $299, Say AT&T Employees
eWeek:
Google A Go For Search Ad Deal With Yahoo  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells Bloomberg Google will move forward with its search advertising deal with Yahoo.  The deal was inked in June as a way to derail Microsoft's hostile bid for Yahoo.  Microsoft wanted Yahoo to boost its flagging search engine business.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
With ‘followers,’ Blogger gets—surprise!—more social  —  With blog platforms Movable Type and WordPress adding social-networking features to their software, it was only a matter of time before Google's Blogger did the same.  A post on the official Blogger blog earlier this week announced …
Discussion: The Social Times and The Inquisitr
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Five Years of Wow  —  I'm staring at the blinking cursor on an empty page.  This page.  And it occurs to me that five years ago today, Skype was that cursor.  An impatient speck on the world's radar screen, vying for attention that would help write a new chapter in the history of communication.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Novell: Quietly developing some momentum  —  Novell's fiscal third quarter was notable for reasons beyond Linux sales and its core product line.  Novell's most recent quarter was the sixth consecutive one that topped expectations.  —  That consistency may mark the days where Novell becomes something more than an afterthought.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Napster: 'We're Open To A Sale'; Vote NO On The Ice Cream Franchisee  —  Troubled online music retailer Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has hired UBS (again) to explore strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.  The news was made in a letter to shareholders, urging them not to vote for three outside activists …
Discussion: Webware.com, Mashable! and PDA
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Bloggers Take Office In Malaysia, Gov't Orders ISPs To Block Certain Blogs  —  Over the last couple of years, we've had a series of interesting stories about how the Malaysian gov't is dealing with “blogs.”  First, a gov't official slammed blogs and tried to pass a law requiring bloggers to register with the government.
Agence France Presse:
Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report  —  BEIJING (AFP) - Around four million Chinese youngsters are addicted to the Internet, mainly attracted by “unhealthy” online games, state media reported Friday, citing a top legislator.
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
Hakon Lie / The Register:
Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise  —  Microsoft said the right things, then blew it  —  Comment In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: “use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default.”  —  Note the last word: default.
 
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Engineer accidentally deletes cloud
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
AT&T's Rivals Are Happy to Attack Over iPhone's Network Woes
Discussion: MediaFile and BloggingStocks
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Mail.ru Buys Into Online Dating Platform Mamba
Ben Hardwidge / Custom PC:
Black screens for pirate copies of Windows
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
New Android Market is YouTube for mobile applications
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Is Military Spending the Key to the Next Silicon Valley?
Discussion: The Open Road
Bill Ray / The Register:
No cookie for Qualcomm as injunction breached
Discussion: Reuters and CNET News.com
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google's weird ways with open-source licenses
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JKK / jkkmobile:
T-Mobile to sell Asus Eee PC 901 GO with internal 3G
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell spills some more Inspiron 910 technical details
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft fails to buy Yahoo, so it buys...some European comparison shopping sites?
Discussion: AppScout
GamesIndustry.biz:
Will Wright: E3 is “the walking dead”
AnandTech:
Hell Freezes Over: NVIDIA Announces Native SLI Support for the Intel X58 Chipset
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot
Kris Graft / Edge Online:
PS3 Targeted in Blu-ray Suit
Priya Ganapati / Wired News:
Once Mighty Bell Labs Leaves Behind Transistor, Laser, 6 Nobels
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival
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