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2:40 PM ET, December 2, 2007

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
A Well-Deserved Court Loss For Facebook  —  It should come as no surprise, of course, given it was essentially a legal temper tantrum on the part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  But a judge in Massachusetts wisely denied an inane request by the Palo Alto, Ca.-based social networking startup …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
NYT: Facebook's Zuckerberg Lied To Us; Coke: Ditto
Andrew Miller / Your Search Advisor:
Google Apps Presentation in Ann Arbor  —  I had the privilege to attend a Google Apps presentation in Ann Arbor last night.  The event was hosted by Google in coordination with The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce at the Boardwalk Creative Center.  The presentation was basically an intro …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Reveals 2008 Plans For Google Apps  —  Google is usually fairly tight lipped about future product releases.  But they were surprisingly revealing about upcoming plans for Google Apps at an event in Ann Arbor earlier this week.  Blogger Andrew Miller took some great notes from a presentation …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Vivendi to Acquire Control of Activision  —  In a deal that creates the biggest independent video game publisher in the world, Vivendi announced Sunday it plans to acquire a controlling stake in Activision.  —  Under the arrangement, the companies said Vivendi would pay $1.7 billion in cash …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Game giants in $18bn merger  —  The companies behind Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are merging in a deal which could shake up the global video games industry.  —  Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).
Discussion: Joystiq, Slashdot and Digg
Scott Shuey / Gulf News:
Gritty AMD's chips are still down  —  Dubai: When Abu Dhabi investment company Mubadala announced that it had purchased an equity stake in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for $622 million, it looked like silicon and oil really could mix.  —  Since the announcement, things have not improved …
Discussion: Inquirer and Gizmodo
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
One Laptop Per Child orders surge  —  Peru wants 260,000 machines; Mexican billionaire signs up  —  Despite slower-than-expected sales and tough competition from commercial rivals, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation of Cambridge is enjoying a surge of new orders.
Discussion: TeleRead, Hightouch, The Open Road and Digg
bijansabet.com:
Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere  —  I have always been against the non-compete clause for employees.  —  Conventional wisdom says we need them to protect employers and companies.  But in California they are demmed illegal and against public policy.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
For the 2008 Race, Google Is a Crucial Constituency  —  LAST century, General Motors assembly plants were a regular stop on the itineraries of presidential candidates.  This election cycle, Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., has become a favorite destination.
Alex Wright / New York Times:
Friending, Ancient or Otherwise  —  THE growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Second Life has thrust many of us into a new world where we make "friends" with people we barely know, scrawl messages on each other's walls and project our identities using totem-like visual symbols.
Discussion: Putting people first
Gary Cutlack / Tech Digest:
Mini MOB retro mobile for those who miss the pioneering early days of mobile telecommunication  —  Mobile phones are now officially old enough for ironic retro models to start appearing.  —  Like this thing - the Mini MOB.  Packing your usual basic phone features into a businessman's phone case from 1988 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget Mobile and Crave
New Scientist:
Organic transistor improves with age  —  Ageing may be as important to electronics as it is to good wine.  A plastic transistor doubles its performance if simply left to sit at room temperature for a week.  —  Cheap to mould, pentacene transistors are a promising candidate for organic electronics.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Denise Caruso / New York Times:
Lots of Little Screens: TV Is Changing Shape  —  INEXPENSIVE broadband access has done far more for online video than enable the success of services like YouTube and iTunes.  By unchaining video watchers from their TV sets, it has opened the floodgates to a generation of TV producers for whom the Internet is their native medium.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
BugLabs.net's really cool reconfigurable gadget in depth  —  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  —  If you like playing with electronics you'll WANT one of these.  —  Introducing BugLabs.net's BUG.  Here's BugLabs' founder/CEO Peter Semmelhack and marketing guy Jeremy Toeman showing off the devices ind epth.
 
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
Change is in the airwaves  —  As cellphone firms consider …
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Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Google Street Views Hides Your Face. What Took So Long?
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