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Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online Including Its European Subsidiary Ciao, a Leading European Price Comparison and Shopping Site  —  Microsoft Corp today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenfield Online Inc, owner of Ciao GmbH, one of Europe's leading price comparison …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield For $486 Million; Selling Off Most Of It  —  In a complex and slightly confusing transaction, Greenfield Online, the online market research and surveys company, which earlier this week rejected a bid by media PE firm Quadrangle …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Reuters and The Next Web
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Cap Goes Live October 1 - Updated: Comcast confirms our story...  Back in May I broke the news that in addition to throttling back high-consumption users to “DSL like speeds,” Comcast was considering implementing a 250GB monthly cap as part of their shift toward “protocol agnostic” network management.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Comcast's Web limits: Saving bandwidth or stifling innovation?
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: a user-driven content distribution system  —  When we talk to developers, a common topic is the challenge of getting applications in the hands of users.  That's why today I'm happy to share early details of Android Market—an open content distribution system that will help end users find …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?  —  Judy Estrin, who has built several Silicon Valley companies and was the chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, says Silicon Valley is in trouble.  In a new book, “Closing the Innovation Gap,” which will be in bookstores Tuesday …
Android Developers Blog:
Presenting the Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I  —  Since we started the first Android Developer Challenge late last year, we all have been eager to see who the winners of $275,000 and $100,000 would be.  All 50 applications that emerged from Round 1 of ADC I showed great promise …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Golden Age of Streaming  —  Comcast's decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it.  Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era.  As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers - 75.5 million streams …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Down Mash, 0-4 On Social Networking  —  First came 360, launched in 2005 as an early attempt to get Yahoo into social networking, was unceremoniously shut down earlier this year.  In 2006 Yahoo was unable to close a transaction with Facebook, despite being willing to pay up to $1.62 billion.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival  —  DENVER—An unusual phenomenon has recently appeared on Craigslist's Denver Web site.  Sex-wanted ads spiked this week, which happens to coincide with the Democratic National Convention.  —  Ads seeking casual sexual encounters through …
Discussion: WebProNews
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen multi-touch techniques for tablet Macs  —  In a revised company filing discovered by AppleInsider, iPhone maker Apple Inc. illustrates a number of techniques that would pave the way for tablet Macs that display a near full-sized multi-touch keyboard and run an undiluted version of the Mac OS X operating system.
Bloomberg:
Google to Start Yahoo Deal by October, Schmidt Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., facing U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of its advertising partnership with Yahoo! Inc., will proceed with the agreement by early October, Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
GamesIndustry.biz:
Will Wright: E3 is “the walking dead”  —  Games design legend Will Wright has added to E3 organiser the ESA's woes by claiming “the real E3 died a couple of years ago”, branding this year's heavily criticised Los Angeles event “the walking dead”.  —  Wright, who delivered an on-stage presentation …
Discussion: Joystiq, Destructoid and GoNintendo
Priya Ganapati / Wired News:
Once Mighty Bell Labs Leaves Behind Transistor, Laser, 6 Nobels  —  Bell Labs' decision to abandon basic physics research marks the end of a brilliant chapter for the iconic institution.  Many of the Labs' most famous discoveries, such as the transistor and the laser, originated …
Discussion: Negative Approach
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Steve Jobs' obit got published  —  The first rule of publishing is that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  (A corollary favored at Time Magazine, where I labored for nearly three decades, is that all copy is guilty until proved otherwise.)  —  None of this excuses …
Dell:
Share Gains in All Product Categories and Regions Fuel Dell Revenue Increase in Second Quarter  —  Q2 FY'09 Financial statements in .pdf Format (Acrobat File)  —  Dell reported fiscal second quarter revenue of $16.4 billion, up 11 percent year-over-year and driven by a 19 percent increase in worldwide product shipments.
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