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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Confirms $175 Million Amazon Investment  —  The rumors are true!  Amazon and daily deals site LivingSocial have just officially confirmed their partnership, with the e-tailer investing a whopping $175 million in the latter.  This comes at an interesting time for both companies …
Discussion: BoomTown, paidContent, TechFlash and SAI
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hitwise: Groupon Is Getting 79% Of U.S. Group-Buying Visits Vs. 8% For LivingSocial
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.
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 …
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:   In depth: Google's Simon Morrison on its new anti-piracy steps
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 …
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: Pulse2, Engadget, CNET News 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.
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History  —  Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors.  The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
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 …
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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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.
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: IntoMobile, GigaOM, AppleInsider and Fortune
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.
Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Chrome 8 comes out of beta, PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support included  —  Today, Google released a stable and very polished version of Chrome 8 that is now avaliable for consumption on all three major operating systems.  This non-beta version of Chrome features something …
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.
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone sales in China ‘disappointing’  —  But they will improve rapidly, says an analyst, now that Wi-Fi and the iPhone 4 have arrived  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Keegan  —  “In general, smartphones have exploded in China this year,” writes Morgan Keegan's Travis McCourt in a report to clients issued Thursday.
Discussion: Digital Daily and SAI
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: MediaPost, paidContent and SAI
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space  —  Updated. 10gen, the company providing commercial support for the open-source MongoDB database, has raised $6.5 million in third-round funding led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from prior investors Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures.
Discussion: VatorNews, SAI, VentureBeat and CloudAve
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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Research.ly Debuts Real-Time Social Search Platform, Plus 3 Years of Twitter's Archive  —  There's a new tool that online marketers, brand managers and social media experts should be aware of: Research.ly, a new social search platform for researching Twitter conversations and tracking the associated analytics.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast: We bent over backwards to help Level 3! (those bastards)  —  Level 3's inflammatory Monday afternoon press release, in which it basically accused Comcast of trying to whack Netflix streaming traffic and flout net neutrality principles, certainly started a fire.
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 …
Google Watch:
U.S. Senator Kohl Urges DOJ Review of Google ITA Bid  —  It's getting harder and harder for Google to do a big deal in the wake of its $750 million consummation of mobile ad maker AdMob.  —  Against the backdrop of concerns that Google could buy Groupon for $5 billion or so …
 
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Business Wire:
Samsung Reaches Smart TV Milestone with 1 Millionth TV App Downloaded Globally
Discussion: TechCrunch and SAI
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Partnership Paves Way for TV Series
Discussion: Variety, metarand and About Foursquare
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey's Square Embroiled In Nasty Litigation Over Card Reader Patent
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IDC: IT spending will shift from hardware to software; 25 billion …
Discussion: ServerWatch, Business Wire, Bits and TechEye
Michael Kan / PC World:
Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches Groupon-like Site
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Google Maps Image Sparks International Debate In Iran
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Are Companies Scanning Open Source Commit Logs And Patenting What They Find?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Apple TV: Streaming and Renting From Devices
Discussion: Digits
Democracy in America:
Missing the point of WikiLeaks
Discussion: Techdirt
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Quad-core processors coming to Android devices in the near future
Discussion: Liliputing, Computerworld and I4U News
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Google's Bid for Groupon Portrayed as a Bargain
Paul Graham / Paul Graham's Essays:
Tablets  —  I was thinking recently how inconvenient …
Discussion: Kindle Review and GottaBeMobile
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Apple opens up new business with POS systems
 

 
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