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11:30 AM ET, December 1, 2010

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Nielsen Wire:
U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System?  —  According to October 2010 data from The Nielsen Company, 29.7 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers now own smartphones that run full operating systems.  —  The most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: iPhone and Android are tied for ‘most-desired’ smartphones
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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 …
Andrew / Groublogpon:
Coming Soon: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed  —  This summer, we launched personalization to bring you deals that better suit your interests.  We weren't about to stop there - today, we're giving you a sneak peak of some new stuff that will bring you even more deals you love: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Acquires Local Marketing Services Startup Ludic Labs, Expands Some More  —  Groupon is expanding its presence in Silicon Valley with a brand new office and the acquisition of San Mateo-based Ludic Labs, the local marketing services startup behind offerfoundry.com and diddit.com.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Groupon buys 3 discount sites, expands into Asia  —  (Reuters) - Online group discount website Groupon said on Wednesday that it has acquired three deal websites in Asia, expanding the company's reach across East and Southeast Asia.  —  Groupon Inc, which is rumored to be close to being bought …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Groupon Grows Beyond One Deal Per Day
Discussion: Telegraph, SAI and InformationWeek
DealBook:
Google Gambit for Groupon Raises Concerns  —  Google's $6 billion bid for Groupon, an online coupon start-up, is an aggressive move by the company to dominate local online advertising and help with its long-sought move into social networking.  —  Google has offered Groupon $5.3 billion …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks to Buy Groupon  —  Google Inc. is in talks to buy local deals site Groupon Inc., said people familiar with the matter, a move that would mark Google's biggest acquisition yet and a major push into local advertising.  —  The two sides weren't prepared to announce a deal as of Tuesday …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bidding War For Twitter Raises Valuation To Nearly $4 Billion.  Kleiner Perkins Currently In Pole Position  —  Two weeks ago we reported that Twitter was mulling over raising a big new round of financing and the expected valuation was in the $3 billion range.  Things have developed since then, it seems.
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 …
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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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 …
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2011 and Beyond  —  Predictions Show Clear Linkage of IT Investments and Business Results Becoming an Imperative for IT Organizations  —    Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2011 and beyond.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Kindle Feels iPad's Heat, Sees E-Reader Lead Going Up in Smoke  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs first announced the company's new iBookstore and iBooks application for the iPad back in January, he said that while Amazon had done a great job with its Kindle e-book reader, Apple planned to “stand on their shoulders and go a little further.”
Rob Walker / Fast Company:
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing  —  Happy Mutants: From left, Mark Frauenfelder, David Pescovitz, “band manager” John Battelle, Cory Doctorow, and Xeni Jardin |  It's eccentric.  It's unprofessional.  And it makes money.  How four people who do exactly what they want run …
Wall Street Journal:
Race Is On to ‘Fingerprint’ Phones, PCs  —  IRVINE, Calif.—David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.  —  He's off to a good start.  So far, Mr. Norris's start-up company, BlueCava Inc., has identified 200 million devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearly Every Single Topic On Quora Now Has A Twitter Account  —  Early last month, we noted that Quora was doing something rather interesting.  They were using Amazon's Mechanical Turk to mass-create Twitter accounts.  That may sound shady, but it really isn't.  They're doing it as an alternative to RSS feeds.
Discussion: Skeptic Geek
Julia Angwin / Digits:
A New Type of Tracking: Akamai's ‘Pixel-Free’ Technology  —  Akamai Technologies Inc., the large Web infrastructure provider, is promoting a new tracking technique it calls “pixel-free” technology.  —  Pixels are bits of software that tracking companies install on Web pages to monitor user behavior.
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
FCC chair announces net neutrality push without re-asserting role over broadband Internet  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks.
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP Pulls Out of the Windows Home Server Market, Leaves Vail Out in the Cold  —  HP today announced an immediate withdrawal from the Windows Home Server market.  —  In a briefing earlier this month, the company explained that the recent acquisition of Palm had led to a shift in business priorities across …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Future Is Here: DoubleTwist Brings Wireless Sync To Android For Music, Photos & Video  —  Earlier today, Winamp released a new version of its Android application that allowed users to sync their music wirelessly with their Windows desktop (disclosure: Winamp and TechCrunch are both owned by AOL).
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Claims Breakthrough in Laser-Based Chips  —  A race to transform computers with laser-based communications is accelerating, with International Business Machines Corp. the latest to claim breakthroughs in chips that send data at blazing speeds using pulses of light.
Discussion: PC World and Softpedia News
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft reaches out to Windows Phone 7 jailbreak developers, unlocking tool pulled  —  It seems like its all happening over at ChevronWP7, the Windows 7 unlocking tool.  Just minutes after we reported that the first homebrew application for Windows Phone 7 had been developed and published …
comScore, Inc.:
Billion Dollar Bonanza: Cyber Monday Surpasses $1 Billion in U.S. Spending as Heaviest Online Shopping Day in History  —  Cyber Monday Shows 16 Percent Increase vs. Year Ago with Half of Online Spending Coming from Work Computers  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
BlackBerry Mobile Internet Use Overtakes Apple In US
Bing:
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China arrests hundreds of hackers, says situation “grim”
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Apple Wins Multiple Touch & MacBook Tablet Patents
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Facebook Engineering Director Aditya Agarwal Departs
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Google Gearing Up For A Chrome Web Store Launch (For Real This Time)
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