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1:50 PM ET, November 19, 2010

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google Turns Its Local Eyes to Groupon-But Who Else Could Enter Bidding?  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Google is in discussions with local deals powerhouse Groupon about buying it.  —  Without making the requisite joke about the deal of the day …
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Henry Blodget / SAI:
Hell, Yes, Google Should Buy Groupon.  And Twitter.  And Foursquare...  Google is in talks to buy Groupon for more than $3 billion, Kara Swisher reports.  —  Good.  —  Google offered $2.5-$4 billion to buy Twitter a few months ago, Nicholas Carlson reports.  —  Also good.
Discussion: The Loop
Tim Berners-Lee / Scientific American:
Long Live the Web  —  The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity—and even our liberty.  Like democracy itself, it needs defending  —  The world wide web went live, on my physical desktop in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1990.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and UMBC ebiquity, Thanks:mathewi
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Developing CDMA-GSM ‘World iPad’?  —  Here's an interesting bit of speculation from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, whose recent Qualcomm channel checks may reveal something about Apple's next-generation iPad.  According to Blair, Apple is developing a “World iPad” based on one of Qualcomm's multimode CDMA-GSM chips.
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Ingrid Lee / DigiTimes:
Sources reveal some PCB suppliers for iPad 2
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Wanted: more than 2,000, in Google hiring spree  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals.  —  The world's largest Internet search engine …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Exclusive: Foursquare's New Partnership With PepsiCo Takes Focus Off of Places  —  Foursquare's pilot program, launching today, breaks away from Facebook Places and Gowalla with badges and discounts based not only on locations but your reasons for being there.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
HTC Merge 360-degree view appears, quickly disappears from Verizon's site  —  Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release?  How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview.  It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here.
Kelly Riddell / Bloomberg:
Cox Communications Takes On AT&T, Verizon With Mobile Offering  —  Cox Communications Inc. is becoming the first U.S. cable company to offer a mobile-phone service as it looks to challenge incumbents AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by bundling wireless handsets with Web and TV.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Mac App Store opening soon, Apple implores developers to submit their apps  —  Apple sent out an email this evening telling Mac developers to submit their Mac ‘apps’ for inclsion in the opening of the store which should happen pretty soon.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Testing A New “People” Tab: All Your Social Graph Steroids In One Place  —  Since the launch of New Twitter in September, things have been pretty quiet on the new feature front.  Yes, they're testing out a new analytics product, but in terms of features that the majority of end users will use …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Another Hacker's Laptop, Cellphones Searched at Border  —  A well-known and respected computer-security researcher was detained for several hours Wednesday night by border agents who searched his laptop and cellphones before returning them to him.  —  The researcher, who goes …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
You Can Now Gift Anyone With An E-mail Address A Kindle Book  —  With the holiday shopping season in full swing, retailers are clamoring to publicize their sales, deals and more.  Amazon issued a release today that customers can now give any of the 725,000 Kindle books to anyone with an email address.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Dish ‘Slings’ TV Everywhere to iPhone, Android Devices  —  Dish Network is pushing new features of its TV Everywhere service, enabling its customers to watch live and pre-recorded programming on the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.  While other pay TV providers are building …
Discussion: PR Newswire and CNET News
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
$399 iPads, fondue sets appearing at TJ Maxx locations across the country  —  Sure, we know where you guys go when you're near a strip mall and have to pick up an irregularly sized Tommy Hilfiger shirt, or when you run out of Paco Rabanne cologne before a hot date, but we definitely did a double …
Electronista:
Carriers threaten Apple over talk of embedded iPhone SIMs  —  European carriers are discussing the possibility of retaliating against Apple if it goes ahead with a rumored plan to use embedded SIMs in iPhones, leaks from the industry alleged Thursday night.  The parent companies of O2 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google to delete Street View data gathered in the UK  —  Technology giant signs commitment to improve its data handling after illegally capturing personal details from Wi-Fi networks  —  Google is to delete the sensitive information - including full emails and passwords …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Video: BoomTown Puts Twitter's Revenue Dude Adam Bain in the Deep Freeze  —  There is no question Adam Bain is a charmer, as you will be see from the video below.  —  He has to be, of course, as a longtime online advertising guy running News Corp.'s Fox Audience Network and now as president of global revenue of Twitter.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Meet the Firehose Seven Thousand Times Bigger Than Twitter's  —  Twitter announced yesterday that for the first time, outside developers will be allowed to purchase access to 50% of all the messages that flow through its network.  The price for half the firehose?  $360,000 per year, payable to partner company Gnip.
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
China Hijacks 15% Of Internet Traffic?  More Like .015%  —  The Internet has been echoing itself all week about the latest example of the digital “China Threat”: A report in National Defense Magazine that quoted a researcher from McAfee's security team saying that China Telecom rerouted 15% …
Discussion: Arbor Networks Security, Thanks:forbestech
Grant Gross / PC World:
Senator Threatens to Block Online Copyright Bill  —  A U.S. senator has vowed to fight attempts to pass a controversial copyright protection bill that would allow the U.S. government to shut down websites suspected of hosting infringing materials.  —  Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat …
Discussion: Music Ally and PlagiarismToday
Mark Milian / CNN:
Twitter CEO chides China  —  (CNN) — “Dear Chinese Government,” began a message sent late Thursday from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.  —  “Year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people,” he wrote on his Twitter profile.
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
Mac OS X 10.6.5 fixes MacBook Air display issues  —  As noted by Mac Rumors, the Mac OS X 10.6.5 software update released last week fixes the display issues some owners were having with their new MacBook Airs.  In a new support document released today titled MacBook Air (Late 2010) …
Shayndi Raice / Wall Street Journal:
Small Deal Brings Scrutiny to Huawei  —  Huawei Technologies Ltd., whose efforts to buy big U.S. companies have been stymied by security concerns, has landed in hot water in Washington for acquiring a small technology firm without first running the deal by the government.
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Salesforce.com's Chatter to Go Freemium  —  Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff reportedly told analysts today that the company will announce a free version of its enterprise activity stream product Chatter at the annual Dreamforce event in San Francisco next month.
Tana Ganeva / AlterNet:
Debt Collectors Stalking, Publicly Shaming People Through Facebook  —  Now that we have debtor's prison again, it's only natural that Americans who owe money be publicly shamed for the sin of being broke during a devastating recession.  —  A Tampa woman who fell behind on her car payments …
Discussion: The Consumerist
Brian Hendricks / Bing:
Announcing the new Bing Maps site with a redesigned left-rail and broader access to Map Apps & StreetSide  —  Today, we're happy to announce the following additions and changes to Bing Maps:  —  AJAX V7 Control  —  The launch of the next version the Bing Maps AJAX control provides consumers …
 
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