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7:10 AM ET, November 24, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Twitter Met Facebook: The Acquisition Deal That Fail-Whaled  —  About three weeks ago, Facebook and Twitter ended several weeks of serious talks, in which Facebook was offering to acquire Twitter for $500 million of its stock.  —  While rumors of Facebook's interest were brought …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?  —  It's not the first time we've heard rumors about Facebook looking to acquire Twitter or about an impending deal breaking down.  But this time, Kara Swisher over at BoomTown offers a bit of insight about the deal size.
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft takes control of Kumo.com domain - watch out for the Live Search rebrand  —  A few months ago Mary Jo Foley got a tip about some new brand names that were being considered for Live Search.  One of these, Kumo, jumped out at us due to the sheer scale of TLDs that had been acquired during 2008 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Rebrand Search.  Will It Be Kumo?  —  Microsoft will relaunch Windows Live Search under a new brand sometime early next year, says a source within the company.  What we don't know is what that new brand will be, although a few names have been thrown around.
Discussion: Marksonland and The Microsoft Blog
David Carr / New York Times:
Google Seduces With Utility  —  Not long ago, someone invited me out to the Googleplex, the nickname for Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  —  The fact is, I already live there.  And it's starting to worry me.  —  Having grown up in the vapor trail of the '60s …
Stars & Stripes:
Not playing around: Army to invest $50M in combat training games  —  GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Army has created a video game unit and will invest $50 million over five years on games and gaming systems designed to prepare soldiers for combat.  —  Lt. Col. Gary Stephens …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
For Laid-Off Journalists, Free Blog Accounts  —  It's a long way from $700 billion, but the media start-up Six Apart is introducing its own economic bailout plan.  —  The TypePad Journalist Bailout Program offers recently terminated bloggers and journalists a free pro account (worth $150 annually) …
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Sony's Crackle.com set to roll out new Web shows  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Web site owned by Sony Corp is expected on Monday to unveil a slew of new Internet programs in the latest move by a division of a major media company to bolster online entertainment.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Watching the Times struggle (and what you can learn)  —  Page by page, section by section, the influence of the New York Times is fading away.  Great people on an important mission, but their footprint is shrinking and the company is losing stock value and cash and power and the ability to have the impact that they might.
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Weather Underground seeks to form a community  —  (11-23) 15:11 PST — What was the weather like the day Pearl Harbor was attacked?  —  If this type of trivia intrigues you, chances are you'll fit right in with the community at Weather Underground.  At www.wunderground.com …
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Small is the New Big on the Way to Hyper-Local  —  The turmoil in financial markets is revealing an interesting truth, “too big to fail” is fraught with public policy and financial risk.  Seriously, is anyone really comfortable with the notion of any bank or insurance company having so much scale …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Up Takes on ‘Patent Trolls’  —  Firm Plans to Defensively Buy Patents and Charge Fixed Membership-License Fees  —  A San Francisco start-up is disclosing details of a new service to address patent risks facing technology companies, and has lined up Cisco Systems Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. as initial members.
Discussion: TechFlash
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Pricing and release info for Verizon's Samsung Omnia
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Did “Lazy Sunday” make YouTube's $1.5 billion sale possible?
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David Meyer / CNET News:
Kernel vulnerability found in Vista
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