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5:20 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SixApart Sells LiveJournal To A Russian Group
Discussion: sup.com and Advertising Lab
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:   Six Apart says goodbye to LiveJournal
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
SixApart Unloads LiveJournal on Russian Media Company SUP
Discussion: Between the Lines and Changing Way
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
RockYou climbing past Slide, to be number one widget-maker?  —  RockYou, the company behind popular Facebook applications and Myspace Flash widgets, may soon pass its arch-rival Slide to be the largest widget-maker in the world.  —  Some have accurately called these applications "mostly silly …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Mashable!
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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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Times of London
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Nat Ives / AdAge:   Forecast for '08 Is OK, but Only Online Shines
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.
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Facebook Founder Finds He Wants Some Privacy  —  Social networking Web sites can seem dedicated to the idea that nobody's personal life is worth keeping private, but when it comes to Mark Zuckerberg — the founder of Facebook, one of the largest networks — Facebook disagrees.
Discussion: Techdirt and Joe Duck
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Push for faster net 'premature'  —  The push for next-generation broadband could be premature, according to some senior industry figures.  —  Both regulator Ofcom and BT have expressed doubts about whether the time is ripe for rolling out what would be expensive fibre optic networks.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
JotSpot to Spawn Google Sites - Can it Make Intranet CMS Dinosaurs Extinct?  —  A well linked to post over the weekend was Andrew Miller's notes on a Google Apps presentation.  The main presenter was Scott Johnston, former VP of Product Development at JotSpot - one of my favorite Web Office apps …
Discussion: Crave and Insider Chatter
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.
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
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TeXtra's Natali Del Conte Leaves Podshow For CNET TV  —  TeXtra, a tech news video show hosted by former TechCrunch writer Natali Del Conte, may be shutting down well shy of its first birthday this upcoming February 13.  That's because CNET has poached Natali away from Podshow, which owns TeXtra.
Discussion: Valleywag
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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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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sony Invests In Community Site Gaia Online; Signs Up For Virtual Movie Screenings
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mashable!
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The Long and Short of It at Goldman Sachs
KathrynV / DSLreports:
How Oregon is Fighting RIAA - State attorney general questions RIAA's tactics
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bijansabet.com:
Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere
Discussion: Xconomy, PE HUB and HipMojo.com