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3:30 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  —  Less than three years after it acquired LiveJournal, San Francisco-based blogging software company, SixApart has decided to sell the business to a Russian group, SUP.  SixApart is the company behind well known publishing platforms, TypePad and MoveableType.
Discussion: sup.com and Advertising Lab
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
SixApart Unloads LiveJournal on Russian Media Company SUP
Discussion: Between the Lines and Changing Way
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
Alvaro Molina / 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:
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.
Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Filter, a Recommendation Engine for Digg - Interview with Founder  —  This is a guest post by Muhammad Saleem, a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites.  —  We have been hearing about an upcoming new way to discover content on Digg for quite a while now.
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Pradnya Joshi / New York Times:
NASA Site Seeks to Draw the MySpace Crowd  —  Cool nebula LOL ; - ).  —  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, concerned that people in the social networking generation have not shown enough interest in its work, has renovated its Web site to appeal more to the 18- to 25-year-old set.
Discussion: Mashable! and Ajaxian
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 …
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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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KathrynV / DSLreports:
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Scott Shuey / Gulf News:
Gritty AMD's chips are still down
Discussion: Inquirer, Engadget and Gizmodo
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Getting rid of the non-compete clause everywhere
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
One Laptop Per Child orders surge