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3:37 AM ET, November 30, 2008


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John Waples / Times of London:
Microsoft in $20bn Yahoo deal  —  SOFTWARE giant Microsoft is in talks to acquire Yahoo's online search business for $20 billion (£13 billion).  —  The proposal forms the centrepiece of a complex transaction that would see Microsoft support a new management team to take control of Yahoo.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A new, elaborate $20 billion deal for Microsoft to buy Yahoo Search?  [Update: Levinsohn says no]  —  Updated with a quote from Levinsohn below.  —  Stop me if you've heard this before: There's a report out there that Microsoft is in talks with Yahoo.  The report, by the UK-based Times Online …
Discussion: Joe Duck
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
“Total Fiction”: There Is No $20 Billion Microsoft Deal To Buy Yahoo Search  —  A report in the Times of London in which Microsoft would buy Yahoo's search business in a convoluted $20 billion deal that would include well-known Internet execs Jon Miller and Ross Levinsohn, is-in the words of one key player-"total fiction."
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why I Love Twitter  —  If you care what I think, you know that Twitter is just about the best way to learn what I'm paying attention to.  I pass along tidbits of O'Reilly news, interesting reading from mailing lists and blogs I follow, and of course, tidbits from the twitterers I'm following.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Joe Duck
John Markoff / New York Times:
You're Leaving a Digital Trail.  What About Privacy?  —  HARRISON BROWN, an 18-year-old freshman majoring in mathematics at M.I.T., didn't need to do complex calculations to figure out he liked this deal: in exchange for letting researchers track his every move, he receives a free smartphone.
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Google's Gatekeepers  —  In 2006, Thailand announced it was blocking access to YouTube for anyone with a Thai I.P address, and then identified 20 offensive videos for Google to remove as a condition of unblocking the site.  —  ‘If your whole game is to increase market share,’ says Lawrence Lessig …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
10,000 iPhone Apps  —  148Apps, which tracks and reviews iPhone Apps, says 10,000 applications have now been released on the iPhone App store (the site is named after the fact that you can add up to 148 applications to an iPhone or iPod touch).  —  A tribute page shows a mini icon for every application.
Discussion: MacRumors, PMP Today and IntoMobile
Arn / MacRumors:
‘Push’ Notifications Coming in iPhone 2.2.1?  — claims that they have seen iPhone 2.2.1 Beta 1 and that it implements Push notifications as well as over-the-air MobileMe syncing with Notes support.  —  As proof they've posted a screenshot showing the Notes and Calendar applications …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Easy Access to Online Storage Services  —  Gladinet is a free Windows application that makes it easy to view and manipulate files stored in online services like Google Docs, Picasa Web Albums, Windows Live Skydrive and Amazon S3.  Instead of using the web interface in a browser …
Discussion: Datamation
Paul Graham:
The Other Half of “Artists Ship”  —  One of the differences between big companies and startups is that big companies tend to have developed procedures to protect themselves against mistakes.  A startup walks like a toddler, bashing into things and falling over all the time.  A big company is more deliberate.
Tony Levene / Guardian:
Porn bill for couple who can't download  —  Innocent people are getting letters from lawyers claiming they should pay for films they've never seen.  Tony Levene investigates  —  Consumers have received bills for downloads they know nothing about  —  A Hertfordshire couple in their 60s …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Three Reasons Why Netbooks Just Aren't Good Enough  —  The debate about Netbooks, which are very small and very cheap laptop devices, is beginning to heat up.  The category is only about a year old but sales are expected to top 5 million this year.  —  Lots of people think Netbooks …
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