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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Tech Confidential, Webware.com, Contentinople, Technologizer, Tech Central, Alley Insider, Mark Evans, HipMojo.com, Regular Geek, John Battelle's Searchblog, bub.blicio.us, PR 2.0, paidContent.org, Media Bullseye, Pulse2, Profy, VatorNews, Valleywag, Inside Facebook, MarketingVOX, Texas Startup Blog, The Social Times, MediaFile, Guardian, Microblink, WebProNews, The Equity Kicker, AppScout, Distorted-Loop.com, Data Center Knowledge, Pat Phelan and broadstuff
Paul Bonanos / Tech Confidential: Twitter spurns Facebook's $500M buyout offer
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com: Twitter rebuffs a Facebook poke?
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: Twitter Sounds Like a Good Fit for Facebook
Murad Ahmed / Tech Central: Why the Facebook-Twitter merger didn't happen
Henry Blodget / Alley Insider: Twitter Rejects $500 Million Takeover Offer From Facebook*
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: A Dealmaker's Take on the Facebook/Twitter Non-Deal: Madness
Robdiana / Regular Geek: What is The Right Price For Twitter?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Really Guys. “Gossip Baiter”?
Briansolis / bub.blicio.us: Facebook + Twitter = Fail Whale
Brian Solis / PR 2.0: Facebook's Attempt to Acquire Twitter = Fail Whale
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org: This Phantasmagoric Life: Acquisition Talks Between Facebook And Twitter Break Down
Chip Griffin / Media Bullseye: Twitter Users React to Possible Facebook Deal
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Rumor: Facebook Wanted To Buy Twitter For $500 Million In Stock
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy: Twitter Too Good to Be Sold for $500 Million to Facebook
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: Twitter rejects Facebook $500 mln stock offer
Paul Boutin / Valleywag: Why Twitter's CEO turned down Facebook's $500 million
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook: Facebook Tries to Buy Twitter, Thinks Status Updates are Very Important
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog: Facebook has lost 80% of its value?
Sinead Carew / MediaFile: Facebook-Twitter: the deal that could have been
Jemima Kiss / Guardian: Facebook buying Twitter? Talks have died...
Mike Templeton / Microblink: Twitter Passes on Acquisition Deal with Facebook
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Twitter Declines Acquisition Deal From Facebook
Brian Heater / AppScout: Facebook Tries, Fails to Buy Twitter
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Facebook, Twitter End Talks on $500M deal
Pat Phelan / Telecomms Disruptor: Did Twitter turn down Facebook?
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND THE GOOGLE THAT GOT AWAY.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?
Acquisition Dance Between Facebook And Twitter Over For Now?
Discussion: Twitterrati, atmaspheric, /Message and Technology Live
Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric: What would Facebook hope to get from Twitter?
Brett Molina / Technology Live: Coffee Break: — Biotech firms short on cash …
Daya Baran / WebGuild:
Google Layoffs - 10,000 Workers Affected — Google has been quietly laying off staff and up to 10,000 jobs could be on the chopping block according to sources. Since August, hundreds of employees have been laid off and there are reports that about 500 of them were recruiters for Google.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Google Layoffs: How to Reverse a 55% Stock Decline
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog: Noted: Does Turkey=Layoffs?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Have Google & Yahoo Begun Laying Off More Workers?
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Google Shrinking Holiday Parties, Payroll?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog: Did You Used to Work at Google? Laid Off?
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.
James Falconer / IntoMobile: 2G iPod Touch Faster than the iPhone 3G
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech: IPod Touch 2G Faster than iPhone for Gaming
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets: 2nd-gen iPod Touch's faster processor gives clue about Touch platform progression
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Faster iPod Touch pointing to faster iPhone?
Arnold Kim / MacRumors: 2nd Generation iPod Touch Faster than iPhone
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report: 2nd generation iPod Touch is the fastest touch device yet from Apple
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget: iPod touch gets Street View, beats iPhone 3G at tennis
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac: New iPod Touch is a different animal..
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: iPod touch 2G faster than previous model, iPhones?
Josh Holat / Appletell: iPod touch generation 2 faster than the iPhone?
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear: 2G iPod Touch fastest “by far” of the Apple family for games
David Gonzales / Unwired View: iPhone lags behind iPod Touch 2G in 3D gaming
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Why the iPod Touch Didn't Get Google Street View — The new 2.2 update for the iPhone brings a lot of great new features. Google Street View, direct viewing, listening and download of podcasts and a few small but neat tweaks. The iPod Touch also got a 2.2 upgrade, but it lacks one headline feature: Street View.
Bill Stiteler / Appletell: Why there's no Google Street View on the iPod touch
EMG Technology Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple — CENTURY CITY, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro (JMBM) announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit on behalf of EMG Technology, LLC against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) …
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Inventor files patent suit over iPhone Web browsing
Dan Moren / PC World: Apple Sued Over IPhone's Mobile Browsing
Apple sued for patent infringement over iPhone — EMG Technology on Monday announced it has filed suit against Apple in the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in the Tyler Division. The suit claims that Apple infringes an EMG patent in the way that the iPhone navigates the Internet.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Apple Slapped With Patent Suit Over iPhone's Browser
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, OLED-Info, blogs.telegraph.co.uk …, Boing Boing Gadgets and Electronista
Claudine Beaumont / blogs.telegraph.co.uk …: Samsung shows off mobile phone with foldable OLED screen
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Blip.tv Brings Video Embeds to the iPhone — Viewing video on the iPhone is a source of consternation for users, as Adobe's flash player is not yet available (and probably never will be) and YouTube remains the only video provider compatible with the device.
Discussion: Contentinople, Beet.TV, Mashable! and WebProNews
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople: Blip.tv Enables ‘Magic’ iPhone Embedding
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV: Beet.TV On the iPhone via Clever Work Around from Blip.tv
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: HOW TO: Make Your Blip.tv Videos iPhone Compatible
Chris Crum / WebProNews: YouTube Gets Some Company on the iPhone
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.
Discussion: eWeek, Data Center Knowledge, InfoWorld and Beyond Search
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek: IBM Finally Recognizes ‘Cloud’ Computing, Offers System ‘Validation’ Services
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: IBM Targets Cloud Services Market
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: More on IBM's Cloud Play
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook awarded $873 million in lawsuit against spammer — Spam marketing messages on Facebook have been getting worse over the last year as the site has grown — but maybe such spamming is about to stop. On Friday, the company won a court battle against spam perpetrator Adam Guerbuez …
Discussion: Facebook Blog, TechCrunch, Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Max Kelly / Facebook Blog: Making Facebook Safe Against Spam
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Facebook Wins An $873 Million Judgment Against Spammers That It Will Never Collect
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Breaking: Facebook Awarded $873 Million in Damages
Dan Frommer / Alley Insider:
‘GPhone’ Sales Strong: HTC Eyes 1 Million G1s Shipped In 2008 (GOOG) — Google's (GOOG) first cellphone — the T-Mobile G1 — seems to be finding an audience. HTC, the Taiwanese company that makes the phone, just jacked its sales estimates. — HTC now thinks it'll ship 1 million G1s this year …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag: Googlephone sales 50 percent better than expected
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC raises shipment forecasts for G1 and Touch Diamond handsets
HTC raises shipment forecasts for G1 and Touch Diamond handsets
Discussion: VentureBeat, Unwired View and wmpoweruser.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: A million G1s by the end of 2008
David Gonzales / Unwired View: HTC expects to ship 1 million G1's and 3 million Touch Diamonds
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, CrunchGear, Danger Room, Kotaku, Destructoid, PC World, GamePolitics News, videogaming247, bit-tech.net, AppScout, Edge Online, GamesIndustry.biz and Blue's News
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News: Report: Army to sink $50 million into combat training games
Matt Burns / CrunchGear: Army to utilize $50M, next-gen FPS training system; 24-hour LAN parties imminent
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room: Army Launches $50 Million Videogame Push
Owen Good / Kotaku: U.S. Army Investing $50 Million in Video Games
Conrad Zimmerman / Destructoid: US Army investing $50 million into training games
Matt Peckham / PC World: Army Ponies Up $50M to Fund Combat Video Games
Joe Martin / bit-tech.net: US army creates videogame training unit
Brian Heater / AppScout: Army to Spend $50 Million on Training Video Games
Rob Crossley / Edge Online: U.S. Army Gets Game Training Program
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz: US Army investing $50 million in combat games
Blue / Blue's News: US Army Game Plans
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: Linux-Watch.com, The Open Road and Open Source
Matt Asay / The Open Road: Ding, dong SCO is dead
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source: Is the era of open source legal stupidity over?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Approves Smutty iPhone App By Mistake — Over the weekend, an interesting app made its way into the iPhone app store: Wallpaper Universe, a naughty little number that let you decorate your homescreen with pictures of women in various states of undress.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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, VentureBeat, Valleywag and Tech Confidential
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch: Zuberance Raises $4 Million, Lets Your Customers Work For You
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Zuberance lets companies turn their customers into volunteer salesforce
David Shabelman / Tech Confidential: On-demand software firm Zuberance raises $4M
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Xing's CEO Lars Hinrichs Steps Down, Denies LinkedIn Is Getting Any “Real Traction” In Europe — Germany-based business networking service Xing today announced its CEO Lars Hinrichs will step down and be replaced by Ebay Germany head Stefan Gross-Selbeck effective January 15, 2009.
Discussion: Jobwire, net.work.xing and TechCrunch UK
Doug Coleman / Jobwire: Xing Hires New Ceo
Lars Hinrichs / net.work.xing: A New Chapter in the Company History
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK: Xing CEO quits, replaced by former eBay drone
Intel builds 32Gb, 34 nanometer flash chips — Intel and its memory making partner Micron today said they have begun mass producing their promised first 34nm NAND flash memory. The smaller manufacturing process lets the two firms build individual chip layers with 32 gigabits (4GB) …
Shawn Ingram / Gadgetell: Intel to manufature small-size, high-capacity flash memory
Stewart Meagher / Inquirer: Intel and Micron push the button on 34nm flash fab
Donald Melanson / Engadget: Intel, Micron start churning out 34nm, 32Gb NAND Flash chips
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: Boy Genius Report, Engadget, SlashGear and Gizmodo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget: Motorola's Attila even more cruel in the wild
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Motorola MOTO QA30 Alltel QWERTY slider
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: Motorola QA30 Leaked: Moto's First QWERTY Slider
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
New PS3 Holiday Bundle Includes Ratchet, Bond — Courtesy of a friendly neighbourhood Best Buy employee, here's a look at a new PlayStation 3 holiday hardware bundle, just in time for Black Friday. It's an 80GB console that comes packed with a copy of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, as well as Casino Royale on Blu-Ray.
Discussion: Crave, SlashGear, CrunchGear and Opposable Thumbs
Joseph Kaminski / Crave: The gadget blog: Sony PS3 Holiday bundle
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: $400 PS3 holiday bundle spotted: 80GB system, Ratchet, Casino Royale
Joe M / Stuff.tv:
Does LG's multitouch display mean a touchscreen iMac is coming? — Here in Korea, LG's just given me a quick look inside one of their factories. And beyond the sight of 100in TVs being cranked out faster than Lewis Hamilton on a flying lap, one interesting nugget of info caught my eye.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Distorted-Loop.com, SlashGear, Boing Boing Gadgets and MacDailyNews
Jessica Dolcourt / Webware.com:
Evernote perks up its Windows Mobile app — On Monday, Evernote, a good triple-platform note-taking service for Windows, Mac, the Web, and (multiple) mobile platforms (see all), updated its application for Windows Mobile phones (download). — Speed is the main story here, with text …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Effectively Shuts Down Largest Fan Edit Movie Site — One of the great things about Matt Mason's The Pirate's Dilemma books is the never-ending examples of how allowing people to take content and remix it leads to greater overall creativity and almost always opens up new opportunities …
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: The Open Road