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4:35 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 …
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why the iPod Touch Didn't Get Google Street View  —  The new 2.2 update for the iPhone brings a lot of great new features.  Google Street View, direct viewing, listening and download of podcasts and a few small but neat tweaks.  The iPod Touch also got a 2.2 upgrade, but it lacks one headline feature: Street View.
Discussion: Appletell
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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.
Daya Baran / WebGuild:
Google Layoffs - 10,000 Workers Affected  —  Google has been quietly laying off staff and up to 10,000 jobs could be on the chopping block according to sources.  Since August, hundreds of employees have been laid off and there are reports that about 500 of them were recruiters for Google.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook awarded $873 million in lawsuit against spammer  —  Spam marketing messages on Facebook have been getting worse over the last year as the site has grown — but maybe such spamming is about to stop.  On Friday, the company won a court battle against spam perpetrator Adam Guerbuez …
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Max Kelly / Facebook Blog:
Making Facebook Safe Against Spam  —  Last Friday, Facebook won an important victory for our users - and against spam and those who create it.  —  We've all experienced spam - those unwanted and, sometimes, inappropriate marketing messages.  The bad guys behind those messages are always looking …
InfoWorld:
Apple sued for patent infringement over iPhone  —  EMG Technology on Monday announced it has filed suit against Apple in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in the Tyler Division.  The suit claims that Apple infringes an EMG patent in the way that the iPhone navigates the Internet.
Discussion: Technologizer, TechCrunch and Reuters
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Business Wire:
EMG Technology Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple
Discussion: CNET News and PC World
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: The Beginning Of The End?  —  At a moment in time when smartphones are one of the few hot tech products, Palm (PALM), the industry's pioneer, appears to be dying.  —  This morning, Global Crown Capital analyst Pablo Perez-Fernandez cut his rating on the company to Underweight from Neutral …
Discussion: Alley Insider and PalmAddicts
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Gets A Big Thumbs Down
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
RIM To Blow Q3, Says Citi (RIMM)  —  BlackBerry maker Research In Motion just launched three new smartphones, including the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm, which went on sale last Friday.  But RIM is at risk of missing its subscriber growth numbers for its third quarter that ends Nov. 29, Citi's Jim Suva said this morning.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Electronista
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Research In Motion: Taken By A Storm
Discussion: IntoMobile and BetaNews
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
T-Mobile G1 Android gets Opera Mini and visual voicemail  —  It seems like the gold rush of applications for the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks with just a few apps trickling out here and there.  I imagine most of this is because developers …
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 …
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Blip.tv 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.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Xing's CEO Lars Hinrichs Steps Down, Denies LinkedIn Is Getting Any “Real Traction” In Europe  —  Germany-based business networking service Xing today announced its CEO Lars Hinrichs will step down and be replaced by Ebay Germany head Stefan Gross-Selbeck effective January 15, 2009.
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 …
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.
Stars & Stripes:
Not playing around: Army to invest $50M in combat training games  —  GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Army has created a video game unit and will invest $50 million over five years on games and gaming systems designed to prepare soldiers for combat.  —  Lt. Col. Gary Stephens …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Approves Smutty iPhone App By Mistake  —  Over the weekend, an interesting app made its way into the iPhone app store: Wallpaper Universe, a naughty little number that let you decorate your homescreen with pictures of women in various states of undress.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) alpha hops into view  —  The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version.  Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April.
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Video demo: SkyFire's S60 mobile web browser accessing Hulu and YouTube  —  In my first attempt at a video demo — something I hope to do a lot more of — I've been putting SkyFire's new mobile web browser through its paces, running on my S60-powered Nokia e71.
Electronista:
Intel builds 32Gb, 34 nanometer flash chips  —  Intel and its memory making partner Micron today said they have begun mass producing their promised first 34nm NAND flash memory.  The smaller manufacturing process lets the two firms build individual chip layers with 32 gigabits (4GB) …
Discussion: Inquirer, Gadgetell and Engadget
Joe M / Stuff.tv:
Does LG's multitouch display mean a touchscreen iMac is coming?  —  Here in Korea, LG's just given me a quick look inside one of their factories.  And beyond the sight of 100in TVs being cranked out faster than Lewis Hamilton on a flying lap, one interesting nugget of info caught my eye.
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
TV Viewing Higher Than Ever — Take That, Internet!  —  We've all been hearing about the migration of television viewers online for years now, but the shift of TV watchers to the Internet is not yet a reality.  Television viewership is now at an all time high, according to Nielsen.
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter  —  Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream.  —  Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Launches Streamlined People Search  —  LinkedIn has a launched a revamped version of its search engine that aims to streamline the business social network's most oft-used features.  Most of the new features revolve around people-search (not surprising given the network's theme) …
 
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