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11:30 PM ET, December 2, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Sells LiveJournal To Russia's SUP  —  Six Apart has sold its hosting blogging platform LiveJournal, which it acquired in January 2005, to Moscow-headquarted SUP (pronounced "soup"), the company said this evening.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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LiveJournal & SUP  —  Six Apart Announces New Home for LiveJournal  —  Acquisition of LiveJournal, creation of new operating company and investment fund by SUP promise new innovation and expansion for pioneering online community  —  San Francisco, CA - December 3, 2007 - Six Apart …
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Six Apart says goodbye to LiveJournal  —  Six Apart is selling its LiveJournal blogging platform to Russian media company SUP.  —  The two companies declined to disclose the financial terms.  —  Moscow's SUP, which stands for "single user portal," will start a San Francisco company called LiveJournal …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
SixApart Unloads LiveJournal on Russian Media Company SUP  —  Six Apart, the blogging software and services company, has sold its network of topic-based blogging communities LiveJournal, Inc. to SUP, an international media company based in Russia.  The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Changing Way
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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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Facebook: The canary in the social networking coal mine  —  Facebook has stirred up a great deal of controversy and now harsh criticism with its Beacon advertising program.  Three weeks after launching Beacon Facebook, the company did a 180-degree turn to make it more palatable for users rather than advertisers.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Video 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).
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Vivendi to Acquire Activision  —  Vivendi said Sunday that it planned to acquire a controlling stake in Activision in a deal that creates a rival to Electronic Arts as the world's largest independent video game publisher.  —  The deal combines Activision and Vivendi Games …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
BLOGGING IS DEAD?  ACCORDING TO WHOM?  —  As a blogger, the last three years have been interesting ones, to say the least.  —  2005 was the year blogs came of age.  For a lot of people around me at the time, the key moment was when Businessweek's now-legendary article, "Blogging Will Change Your Business" made the front cover.
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
Lessig Blog:
Some important news from Wikipedia to understand clearly  —  As you'll see in this video, there has been important progress in making Wikipedia compatible with the world of Creative Commons licensed work.  But we should be very precise about this extremely good news: As Jimmy announces …
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Jamendo Blog:
Breaking news: Wikipedia announces Creative Commons compatibility!
Discussion: Open Access News, Slashdot and Digg
Zephoria / apophenia:
Who clicks on ads?  And what might this mean?  —  Advertising is the bread and butter of the web, yet most of my friends claim that they never click on ads, typically using a peacock tone that signals their pride in being ad-averse.  The geekier amongst them go out of their way to run Mozilla scripts …
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 deemed illegal and against public policy.
Discussion: PE HUB and HipMojo.com
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.
Ben Stein / New York Times:
The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs  —  FOR decades now, as a writer, economist and scold, I have been receiving letters from thoughtful readers.  Many of them have warned me about the dangers of a secret government running the world, organized by the Trilateral Commission …
 
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