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1:25 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 …
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?
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 …
Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down  —  You may have received an email recently regarding the shut-down of Mash on September 29, 2008.  To provide more information about what will happen to your Mash profile, and how you can save your profile information, please see the list of FAQs below.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
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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
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Yahoo Sheds Some Skin, Drops Mash
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
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
Discussion: CrackBerry.com blogs
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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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Google Android Challenge Winners  —  Google announced the winners of the first phase of the Android Developer Challenge.  Android is the mobile operating system and software library to-be pushed by Google and others.  Here are some of the ideas whose creators received $275,000 …
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.
Discussion: Brandon Live!
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 …
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Datamation
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book  —  If an anonymous source is correct, the confirmed screenplay-in-the-works about Facebook's origins by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is tied to a forthcoming book about the social network by Bringing Down The House author Ben Mezrich.
Discussion: 02138mag.com and Valleywag
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News - Apple:
iPhone data plan promotion extended in Canada
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Joe Guy Collier / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coke testing fountain that dispenses 100 beverages
Discussion: Engadget and PSFK
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery
Discussion: eWeek
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
An A to Z of confusion  —  A few days ago I blogged about my paper …
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Register
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Bloggers Take Office In Malaysia, Gov't Orders ISPs To Block Certain Blogs
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Mail.ru Buys Into Online Dating Platform Mamba
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google's weird ways with open-source licenses
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Microsoft fails to buy Yahoo, so it buys...some European comparison shopping sites?
Discussion: AppScout
Agence France Presse:
Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
GamesIndustry.biz:
Will Wright: E3 is “the walking dead”
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
Discussion: WebProNews and Digg
 

 
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