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11:55 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.
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider:   Twitter Rejects $500 Million Takeover Offer From Facebook
James Sherwood / The Register:
Samsung demos amazing folding phone  —  A video has appeared online of what's claimed to be an OLED display able to fold itself in half to become a mobile phone.  —  Initially, the phone - which it's thought was recently seen on a Samsung stand at a display tech trade show in Japan …
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OLED-TV Display/Monitor Technology News:
Samsung shows a Full Color Flexible Oled used in a mobile phone  —  in - flexible-oled - foled - mobile-phone - samsung  —  Samsung shows a new mobile phone prototype with an full color flexible OLED Display.  In this amazing Video we can see some main flexible full color Oled display which you can fold to a small mobile phone.
Arn / Touch Arcade:
2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone  —  While we had generally considered the iPhone and iPod Touch to be one cohesive platform, as games have started to push the boundaries of these devices, it has become apparent that there are differences in performance between the different models.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM launches cloud computing services  —  IBM on Monday unveiled a series of cloud computing services including business consulting to determine return on investment, design and implementation and security architecture.  —  Big Blue noted that its services will focus on public, private and hybrid cloud computing set-ups.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RPX: Can it defend against patent trolls?  —  A startup on Tuesday will launch in an attempt to fix the current patent mess and defend against so-called patent trolls.  —  The startup-RPX Corp.-is a so-called defensive patent aggregator.  RPX-short for Rational Patent-aims to reduce …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Final judgment: SCO owes Novell millions (plus interest)  —  Federal district judge Dale A. Kimball has handed down the final judgment in the SCO case.  The decision dismisses SCO's latest claims, grants declaratory relief to Novell, and sustains the court's previous judgment that SCO owes Novell …
Discussion: Open Source
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) …
Arthur Klausner / PE Hub News:
Zuberance Raises $4 Million  —  Zuberance, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of on-demand customer sales force software, has raised $4 million in Series A funding from Emergence Capital Partners.  —  PRESS RELEASE  —  Zuberance, the leading provider of on-demand customer sales force software …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox China Edition: Everything A Local Browser Should Be  —  Did you know that the way you surf the internet may be influenced by your culture?  In the U.S. and Europe, web surfers are leaning forward, one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard, typing and mousing equally.
Discussion: CNET News
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Triple “Guild” play for Microsoft  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Microsoft will be filled to the gills with “The Guild.”  —  The software giant has an exclusive lock on the long-awaited second season of the Internet cult hit, which will be the first to be distributed worldwide …
Discussion: Alley Insider
Avner / boxee blog:
boxee on Apple TV 2.3  —  we posted instructions on how to get boxee running on Apple TV 2.3 manually, but it was a bit hackish (you had to open a Terminal, ssh into your Apple TV and run a few commands), which means fun for some of us, and a serious no-go for most of us.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, GeekTonic and A VC
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
MOTO QA30 leaked: Motorola's first QWERTY slider  —  Why look what we have here: MOTO QA30, the very first Motorola slider that features a full QWERTY keyboard.  —  The QA30 has a pretty weird form factor, somehow resembling AT&T's Samsung Propel.  —  Unlike the Propel, however …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
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.
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft takes control of Kumo.com domain - watch out for the Live Search rebrand
 
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