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2:35 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 …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple and AT&T Developing iPhone Tethering Plan  —  According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one's phone.
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?
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: BB Geeks and CrackBerry.com blogs
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Down Mash, 0-4 On Social Networking
Greg Atwan / 02138mag.com:
Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich Are Now Friends.  —  It turns out the Aaron Sorkin Facebook movie is also the Ben Mezrich Facebook movie.  —  The Sorkin project (with producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment) has created a media buzz since its recent disclosure on Facebook.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery  —  Google has signed a deal under which GeoEye will supply the search giant with imagery from a satellite due to launch in coming days, the companies said.  —  Under the deal, Google is the exclusive online mapping site that may use the imagery …
Discussion: eWeek and Gadget Lab
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.
Lewis Page / The Register:
Psychologist invents new uber-wiki  —  ‘Mememoir’ tech to make Wikipedia obsolete?  —  An American psychologist has invented a new form of wiki in which every word is directly linked to its author.  He believes the so-called “mememoir"* project will “revolutionize publishing in all of science”.
 
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Cable, Quietly, Introduces an Anytime Elections Channel
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Psystar files answer to Apple complaint - “M” word used enthusiastically
Discussion: Digital Daily
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Report Slams U.S. Host as Major Source of Badware
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Urges Copyright Office to Fix Digital Music Mess, but Carefully
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News - Apple:
iPhone data plan promotion extended in Canada
Discussion: Bus error
Cade Metz / The Register:
Engineer accidentally deletes cloud
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Bloggers Take Office In Malaysia, Gov't Orders ISPs To Block Certain Blogs
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
New Android Market is YouTube for mobile applications
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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
eWeek:
Google A Go For Search Ad Deal With Yahoo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Novell: Quietly developing some momentum
Discussion: Datamation and Seeking Alpha
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”
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival
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Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment

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Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

 
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