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8:45 PM ET, November 30, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Board Will Meet Tomorrow To Decide On Google Deal  —  Amidst everyone in the world writing about the $5.3 billion dollar Google Groupon offer at the moment, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal has not yet been sealed and that Groupon's board of directors are holding …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Groupon Offer: $5.3 Billion, With $700 Million Earnout  —  According to sources close to the situation, Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, in what will be its largest acquisition yet if completed.  —  Sources said the deal for the social buying site seemed likely to be struck …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
New Enterprise Associates Poised to Score Big on Groupon Thanks to Old Ties
Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Analysts on Groupon Deal: Google Upping Its Fight with Facebook?
Discussion: paidContent
George Ou / Digital Society:
Level 3 outbid Akamai on Netflix by reselling stolen bandwidth  —  Level 3 communications raised a lot of eyebrows earlier this month when it outbid rival Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider Akamai to deliver Netflix content to large parts of the United States.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How Comcast became a toll-collecting, nuke-wielding hydra  —  Wharton Business School professor Kevin Werbach dubs Comcast's actions this week a “turning point in US Internet policy.”  Law professor Susan Crawford calls Comcast a terrifying, hat-wearing hydra—and she's looking for a Hercules to cut it down to size.
Wall Street Journal:
Web-Traffic Tension Rises  —  U.S. regulators are looking into a dispute between two large companies that shuttle traffic around the Internet, a business invisible to most consumers but increasingly fraught with tension.  —  The issue gets to the heart of a longstanding argument: Who should pay for the Internet?
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission probes allegations of antitrust violations by Google  —  The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search, in violation of European Union rules (Article 102 TFEU).
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Incredible Stupidity Of Investigating Google For Acting Like A Search Engine  —  I did a search at Google today for “cars” and was shocked.  Rather than list links allowing me to search for “cars” on Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Voila, Naver and Yandex, Google instead favored its own search results.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture  —  Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold.  —  The long-delayed venture—Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer …
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures  —  The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Fed up with ICANN, Pirate Bay cofounder floats P2P DNS system
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Rumor: January Windows Phone 7 update to be massive, catches up with iPhone  —  We've been covering the rumored software update for Windows Phone 7 for sometime now, even having our forum members add some info to the mix.  So far, the update is suppose to have the following features:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs: AirPlay Video Streaming Coming to Safari and Third-Party Apps in 2011  —  One of the major new features deployed in iOS 4.2 last week was AirPlay, Apple's solution for streaming video, audio, and photos from portable iOS devices to the new Apple TV for display on users' televisions.
Vijay Sankaran / Nokia Siemens Networks Blog:
New iPhone OS supports our network technology to boost smartphone performance  —  With its latest iPhone iOs 4.2 software, it looks like Apple is joining efforts to cut smartphone signalling down to size.  Tests by Nokia Siemens Networks have shown that iPhone iOs 4.2 supports …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Winamp Wants To Be The iTunes Of Android; Now Out Of Beta With Wireless Sync  —  Today Winamp for Android is coming out of beta, a month after its initial launch and more than 500,000 downloads later.  The public Android release lets you manage your music downloads on your Android and will offer …
Nick Denton / Lifehacker:
Why Gawker is moving beyond the blog  —  The 2011 template represents the most significant change in the Gawker model since the launch of Gizmodo and Gawker in 2002.  One could go further: it represents an evolution of the very blog form that has transformed online media over the last eight years.
Royal Pingdom:
Mobile OS usage splits the world (chart)  —  Where do you think Apple's iPhone is the most popular?  Where does Nokia's Symbian phones dominate?  How is it going for Android in different parts of the world?  What about Blackberry?  —  We're going to answer all of those questions and more in this article …
Discussion: Internet2Go
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon sucks at Photoshop: confuses the Droid X for an iPhone  —  Man, Motorola's not going to be pleased about this!  The Droid X is justifiably one of Verizon's marquee devices for this holiday season and takes pride of place on the carrier's Cyber Monday offers page, but wait …
Emre Peker / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Gives Bankers IPads, Signaling Danger to RIM  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. will give its investment bankers iPads to provide an additional mobile tool as Apple Inc. expands its domain to Wall Street, threatening Research in Motion Ltd. in a market it traditionally dominated.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple makes PhotoFast stop production of speedy 256 GB MacBook Air SSDs  —  Back in late October we reported that PhotoFast began producing 256GB SSD upgrade kits for Apple's latest MacBook Air lineup.  PhotoFast's third-party SSD upgrade for the new MacBook Airs read and write at 250MB/s …
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec says Google is ‘failing’ in the enterprise  —  In Q&A, Microsoft's Tom Rizzo says Google doesn't understand business needs  —  Computerworld - Raising the stakes in its war of words, Microsoft today said Google simply doesn't understand what businesses need, and is failing at pushing its way into the enterprise.
Discussion: WinRumors and The Next Web, Thanks:hornokplease
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Trusts, No Longer Verifies  —  On the Internet no one knows you're a dog.  And on Twitter, no one knows if you're really Kim Kardashian.  Unless Twitter says so, via its “verified account” badge.  —  But that system, introduced by Twitter back in June 2009, is going away.
Discussion: Techland and TUAW
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola to finally split on January 4th  —  Motorola announced Tuesday that its board has approved a reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-7, and the company will finally split into two separate entities on January 4th, 2011.  In just over a month, Motorola will change its name to Motorola Solutions …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony claims it has shipped 4.1M PlayStation Move units, but doesn't give sell-through number  —  Sony said today that it has shipped 4.1 million units of its PlayStation Move motion controller to retailers around the globe.  But, as is its custom, the Japanese company did not say how many of those units have been sold to consumers.
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books  —  Kindle readers, take note: You may have been paying for books you could legally download for free—in nearly identical editions—elsewhere.  The titles in question aren't just public-domain books that have long been freely available at such sites as Project Gutenberg.
Discussion: TeleRead
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Visa to Use Your Phone's Location to Prevent Credit Card Fraud  —  Sure, you like all the great benefits of having your phone know where you are.  Looking up directions or local weather information becomes that much faster.  But outside companies and agencies are equally delighted to have access …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
First Look: Branson's Virgin iPad Project Frustrates With Complexity  —  The future of publishing, if Virgin's new iPad-only magazine is anything to go by, is messy - Project is a decent-enough male lifestyle title, beset by horrid UI and frustrating Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) delivery...
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Those Yahoo Layoffs Starting To Roll Out Today?  —  After we reported on rumors that Yahoo plans to cut as much as 20 percent of its workforce a few weeks ago, Yahoo called that number “misleading.”  But layoffs do seem to be brewing, judging by the increasing number of tips we've been getting.
Discussion: CNET News and SAI
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Gearing Up For A Chrome Web Store Launch (For Real This Time)
Microsoft Tax Dodge:
Ex-Microsoft Executive to Lead Washington State Department of Revenue
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and TechFlash
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter's Great Big Problem Is Its Massive Opportunity
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron Duo review
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Awesome: DIY Data Tool Needlebase Now Available to Everyone
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Q&A with MySpace CEO Mike Jones
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sued For Having Privacy Controls In Place. Yes, Seriously.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Founder Institute Publishes Blacklist Of “Unsavory Characters”
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Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt
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