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12:35 PM ET, November 24, 2008


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Twitter Met Facebook: The Acquisition Deal That Fail-Whaled  —  About three weeks ago, Facebook and Twitter ended several weeks of serious talks, in which Facebook was offering to acquire Twitter for $500 million of its stock.  —  While rumors of Facebook's interest were brought …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?  —  It's not the first time we've heard rumors about Facebook looking to acquire Twitter or about an impending deal breaking down.  But this time, Kara Swisher over at BoomTown offers a bit of insight about the deal size.
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:
Twitter Rejects $500 Million Takeover Offer From Facebook
Discussion: Business Week
James Sherwood / The Register:
Samsung demos amazing folding phone  —  A video has appeared online of what's claimed to be an OLED display able to fold itself in half to become a mobile phone.  —  Initially, the phone - which it's thought was recently seen on a Samsung stand at a display tech trade show in Japan …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches cloud computing services  —  IBM on Monday unveiled a series of cloud computing services including business consulting to determine return on investment, design and implementation and security architecture.  —  Big Blue noted that its services will focus on public, private and hybrid cloud computing set-ups.
Arn / Touch Arcade:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone  —  While we had generally considered the iPhone and iPod Touch to be one cohesive platform, as games have started to push the boundaries of these devices, it has become apparent that there are differences in performance between the different models.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RPX: Can it defend against patent trolls?  —  A startup on Tuesday will launch in an attempt to fix the current patent mess and defend against so-called patent trolls.  —  The startup-RPX Corp.-is a so-called defensive patent aggregator.  RPX-short for Rational Patent-aims to reduce …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Meghan Keane / Epicenter: Brings Video Embeds to the iPhone  —  Viewing video on the iPhone is a source of consternation for users, as Adobe's flash player is not yet available (and probably never will be) and YouTube remains the only video provider compatible with the device.
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Laid-Off Journalists, Free Blog Accounts  —  It's a long way from $700 billion, but the media start-up Six Apart is introducing its own economic bailout plan.  —  The TypePad Journalist Bailout Program offers recently terminated bloggers and journalists a free pro account (worth $150 annually) …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Final judgment: SCO owes Novell millions (plus interest)  —  Federal district judge Dale A. Kimball has handed down the final judgment in the SCO case.  The decision dismisses SCO's latest claims, grants declaratory relief to Novell, and sustains the court's previous judgment that SCO owes Novell …
Discussion: Open Source
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Triple “Guild” play for Microsoft  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Microsoft will be filled to the gills with “The Guild.”  —  The software giant has an exclusive lock on the long-awaited second season of the Internet cult hit, which will be the first to be distributed worldwide …
Arthur Klausner / PE Hub News:
Zuberance Raises $4 Million  —  Zuberance, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of on-demand customer sales force software, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Emergence Capital Partners.  —  PRESS RELEASE  —  Zuberance, the leading provider of on-demand customer sales force software …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Jessica Dolcourt /
Evernote perks up its Windows Mobile app  —  On Monday, Evernote, a good triple-platform note-taking service for Windows, Mac, the Web, and (multiple) mobile platforms (see all), updated its application for Windows Mobile phones (download).  —  Speed is the main story here, with text …
Avner / boxee blog:
boxee on Apple TV 2.3  —  we posted instructions on how to get boxee running on Apple TV 2.3 manually, but it was a bit hackish (you had to open a Terminal, ssh into your Apple TV and run a few commands), which means fun for some of us, and a serious no-go for most of us.
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft takes control of domain - watch out for the Live Search rebrand  —  A few months ago Mary Jo Foley got a tip about some new brand names that were being considered for Live Search.  One of these, Kumo, jumped out at us due to the sheer scale of TLDs that had been acquired during 2008 …
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