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3:40 AM ET, December 3, 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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SixApart Sells LiveJournal To A Russian Group
Discussion: sup.com and Advertising Lab
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
SixApart Unloads LiveJournal on Russian Media Company SUP
Discussion: Between the Lines and Changing Way
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Video game giants in $18bn deal  —  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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Internet Ad Spend Set To Overtake Radio In '08, Magazines By 2010: Report  —  Despite growing pressures on global advertising dollars in general, ZenithOptimedia's optimistic outlook for online ad spending is undiminished, projecting that the category will surpass radio ad dollars in 2008 and the amount spent on magazines by 2010.
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Forecast for '08 Is OK, but Only Online Shines  —  ZenithOptimedia's 6.7% Global Growth Prediction Inflated by Presidential Election, Olympics, Soccer  —  It's a good thing working in the media business is fun, because the forthcoming ad-spending forecast from ZenithOptimedia offers many reminders that it's also plenty difficult.
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Bans Ads For (Most) Paid Links Marketplaces  —  Google continues to crack down on those text link advertising methods which don't carry the "nofollow" attribute as a "machine-readable disclosure."  The latest move, triggered by communication between Google's web spam team …
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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 …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealing Books For The Kindle Is Trivially Easy  —  If you are willing to violate copyright laws, getting free ebooks is almost as easy as getting free music.  There are numerous sites that have free, legal, out-of-copyright ebook files available for download.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook App Developers Square Off: RockYou!  Overtakes Slide  —  Back in August, we noted that most of the very big Facebook apps seem to be owned by Slide or RockYou!.  At that point Slide had the most popular Facebook app (in terms of users), with Top Friends.
Ivan Krsti / ivan krsti · code culture:
First OLPC deployment: now it's real.  —  This week, Uruguay became the first-ever real, non-pilot deployment site of OLPC XO laptops.  And I was there to hand out the first one.  —  A bit of backstory  —  Early on, when talking to countries interested in OLPC laptops, we heard one serious concern repeatedly: theft.
Discussion: Ted Roche's weblog, Channel 9 and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Roll over, Beethoven: Deutsche Grammophon ditches DRM  —  Universal has been one of the two major labels to drop DRM (along with the UK's EMI), but its support of the MP3 format has been experimental.  Should the experiment not go well, Universal has always reserved the right to slap the padlocks back on its tunes.
Discussion: Mashable! and Podcasting News
Kevin / CNET News.com:
DigiHunter  —  About Kevin (Kilmo) Kang  —  Kevin (Kilmo) Kang is a self-professed IT-savvy guy who's been having the time of his life making tech deals with new business partners in the Asia-Pacific areas.  Like every Korean, he's gadget-crazy and is glad he lives in a country …
Discussion: PMP Today
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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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
 
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Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
NASA Site Seeks to Draw the MySpace Crowd
Discussion: Mashable! and Ajaxian
Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Filter, a Recommendation Engine for Digg - Interview with Founder
Ben Stein / New York Times:
The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs
KathrynV / DSLreports:
How Oregon is Fighting RIAA - State attorney general questions RIAA's tactics
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Shuey / Gulf News:
Gritty AMD's chips are still down
Discussion: Inquirer, Engadget and Gizmodo
bijansabet.com:
Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere
Discussion: Xconomy, PE HUB and HipMojo.com
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
One Laptop Per Child orders surge