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3:55 PM ET, December 2, 2010

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SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Buying Milo.com For $75 Million  —  eBay is acquiring local shopping site Milo.com, we've learned from a reader.  We confirmed it with a second source.  The price tag according to our sources is $75 million in cash.  Milo.com is shopping search engine that lets you find out what's in stock at local stores.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Ebay Acquires Milo For $75 Million.  Investors Make A Killing.  —  An update to our post earlier today: We've confirmed that local shopping startup Milo has in fact been acquired by eBay, for $75 million.  Business Insider first reported on the possible deal earlier today.
Discussion: paidContent
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM acquires The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), the SWAT team of UI design  —  RIM's upcoming QNX-based OS is about to get a swift kick in the UI, as the company announced its acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe on Thursday.  Also known as TAT, the team is renowned for its stunning UI work …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM welcomes TAT!  —  Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM).  We're excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
BBC Plans Subscription-Only U.S. iPlayer On iPad  —  This is huge.  The BBC will launch the long-awaited global version of its iPlayer TV catch-up service on a subscription-only basis, and initially only on iPad.  —  The service, carrying BBC shows like Doctor Who on-demand …
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Making Copyright Work Better Online  —  There are more than 1 trillion unique URLs on the web and more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.  It's some pretty fantastic stuff - content that makes us think, laugh, and learn new things.  Services we couldn't have imagined ten years ago …
Tom Rizzo / Why Microsoft:
Google, the GSA and the Competition  —  Today, the General Services Administration made the decision to replace several different versions of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino software with Google for its own email.  While we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet …
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Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Android Gingerbread UI Gets Exposed In The Crispest Video To Date  —  Wow, this went unnoticed for a while, didn't it?  On November 23rd, Google's own GoogleinHK YouTube account posted a video walkthrough of the new Google Voice Search in Cantonese.  With only 2100 views …
John Battelle / SAI:
Google Admits Algorithms Are Subjective  —  Wow, I've never seen this before.  Check out Google's post, responding to the New York Times story about a bad actor who had figured out a way to make a living leveraging what he saw as holes in Google's approach to ranking.
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Being bad to your customers is bad for business
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Willing To Pay $100,000 Per Episode For New TV Episodes  —  Netflix is making a big move to get more content for its live streaming service, offering $75,000-$100,000 for new episodes of TV shows in the middle of a TV season, the New York Post reports.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Liberty Exits IAC For Evite, Gifts.com And $220M In Cash - Diller Steps Down As CEO  —  Big move for Liberty Media, IAC and the latter's Barry Diller today.  The former has exchanged its entire equity stake in the Internet holding company for a combination of assets and cash in a transaction intended to be tax-free to both companies.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla 3.0 Unifies Check-Ins, Places With Facebook, Twitter, And Yes, Foursquare  —  This past March, I came home from SXSW with a problem.  The so-called “location war” hadn't yielded one check-in service to rule them all.  In fact, several new ones popped up just at that conference alone.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Flipboard, Future is HTML5, RSS & New New Advertising  —  As traditional publishers struggle to find new business models centered on the iPad and other tablets, Mike McCue, the founder of Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile media company, Flipboard, seems to have figured out a business model for his 20-person company.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys Mobile Gaming Developer Newtoy  —  Social gaming giant Zynga has had a big week.  The company launched a new game, CityVille, last night; debuted FarmVille in Japan; and teamed up with American Express to allow cardholders to exchange rewards for virtual goods.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey's Square Embroiled In Nasty Litigation Over Card Reader Patent  —  Every startup needs an inception story, and that of electronic payment service company Square goes something like this: … As always, the full story of the founding of Square is a tad longer, and much more complex.
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!:
New Michael Jackson Song Premieres Exclusively on Ping  —  Yet another single from Michael Jackson's posthumous record, Michael, has hit the web and this time it can only be found in one place: on Apple's newly minted social network, Ping.  —  The release of “Much Too Soon” …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple TV users reporting long rental wait times, HDMI issues  —  Early adopters of Apple's second-generation Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing “HDMI handshakes” between the new Apple TV and their HD TVs.  —  Several discussion threads …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Going, Going: LimeWire Shutters Online Store, Too  —  LimeWire, the high-profile file-sharing company, more or less shut down in October, following a Federal court ruling.  But there are still bits and pieces of the company up and running.  —  Not for much longer, it seems.
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and SAI
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bitly News Tries To Create A Hacker News For The Rest Of Us  —  What are the headlines people are sharing the most?  A new headline aggregation site called Bitly News tries to answer that by showing the most clicked-on shortened bit.ly links on Twitter.  Bitly News is not an official bit.ly product.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Quad-core processors coming to Android devices in the near future  —  I'm not sure who coined the phrase first, but those “Chuck Norris quad-core processors” that everyone likes to joke about on Twitter could make their way into Android devices sooner than you think.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
55 people think the iPad is more valuable than the Galaxy Tab (updated)  —  If you read tech news today, expect to see a story making the rounds concerning a “consumer poll” rating the iPad versus the Galaxy Tab.  According to the report, an “overwhelming majority” of consumers prefer Apple's tablet …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Fortune
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Password Manager LastPass Acquires Xmarks  —  LastPass, a cross-platform password manager, has acquired the social bookmarking and browser synchronization service Xmarks.  —  The San Francisco-based Xmarks has been in the midst of some tumult of late, as it closed down in September …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Image Sparks International Debate In Iran  —  Some in Iran are calling for the removal of a Star of David that's still sitting atop the Iran Air headquarters in Tehran, some 30+ years after Iran broke off relations with Israel.  The image above shows the Star on the building's roof …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Head Andrew Siegel Is Departing the Company  —  Andrew Siegel-Yahoo's head of corporate development, who is in charge of its mergers and acquisitions strategy-is leaving the company, according to sources.  —  The former General Electric exec, who came to the Internet giant just over a year ago …
Discussion: paidContent and SAI
Business Wire:
Samsung Reaches Smart TV Milestone with 1 Millionth TV App Downloaded Globally  —  Celebrates 200th Application in Global Samsung Apps Smart TV Library  —  SEOUL, South Korea—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. today announced the 1 millionth TV application downloaded globally from Samsung Apps …
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IDC: IT spending will shift from hardware to software; 25 billion app downloads in 2011  —  IDC is projecting global IT spending will be $1.6 trillion in 2011, up 5.7 percent from 2010.  But under the hood there are a few key shifts underway in cloud computing, social software and mobile apps.
 
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Partnership Paves Way for TV Series
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Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches Groupon-like Site
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Google's Bid for Groupon Portrayed as a Bargain
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Why Microsoft loves homebrew and hacking
Paul Graham / Paul Graham's Essays:
Tablets  —  I was thinking recently how inconvenient …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and MacStories
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Apple opens up new business with POS systems