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1:20 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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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, WebProNews and Mashable!
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.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone
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 …
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
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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: The Open Road and Open Source
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook awarded $873 million in suit against spammer  —  Spam marketing messages on Facebook have been getting worse over the last year as the site has grown — but maybe spamming is about to stop.  On Friday, the company won a court battle against spam perpetrator Adam Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital …
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook
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 …
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 …
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) …
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.
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Effectively Shuts Down Largest Fan Edit Movie Site  —  One of the great things about Matt Mason's The Pirate's Dilemma books is the never-ending examples of how allowing people to take content and remix it leads to greater overall creativity and almost always opens up new opportunities …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
CircleID:
Phishers Expand Number of Top Level Domains Abused, Policy Changes Found Effective in Prevention  —  The new Global Phishing Survey released by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) this month reveals that phishing gangs are concentrating their efforts within specific top level domains (TLDs) …
Discussion: Business Wire
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
MOTO QA30 leaked: Motorola's first QWERTY slider  —  Why look what we have here: MOTO QA30, the very first Motorola slider that features a full QWERTY keyboard.  —  The QA30 has a pretty weird form factor, somehow resembling AT&T's Samsung Propel.  —  Unlike the Propel, however …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
New PS3 Holiday Bundle Includes Ratchet, Bond  —  Courtesy of a friendly neighbourhood Best Buy employee, here's a look at a new PlayStation 3 holiday hardware bundle, just in time for Black Friday.  It's an 80GB console that comes packed with a copy of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, as well as Casino Royale on Blu-Ray.
 
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Symantec says Internet underground economy is organized and rich
Discussion: The Register and TECH.BLORGE.com
David Carr / New York Times:
Google Seduces With Utility
Discussion: The Precursor Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Rebrand Search. Will It Be Kumo?
 

 
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