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4:35 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.
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
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.
Andrew Sykes / Gizchina:
Genuine White iPhone 4 On the Grey Market in China!  —  This week it's all been about the iPhone 4, more specifically the elusive yet to be released (rumored to be axed) White iPhone 4.  We've brought you pictures of a genuine white iPhone 4 complete with video and we've even managed to track …
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
China's 18-Minute Mystery  —  When the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its report to Congress this week, something slightly unusual happened: people read it.  And there, buried on pages 236-247, a mystery was revealed, and the media have greedily amplified it.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
China Hijacks 15% Of Internet Traffic? More Like .015%
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.
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
A New Fund Helps Facebook Employees Exercise Stock Options  —  Google's initial public offering in 2004 turned hundreds of Googlers into instant millionaires thanks to stock options that soared in value.  The same will likely happen to Facebookers if and when Facebook decides to go public.
Discussion: SAI
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Why the Mac keeps growing  —  When the iPhone vs. Android rhetorical war heats up, both sides bring up the history of Macs vs. Windows PCs.  The commonly held thesis is that Windows triumphed as the PC was commoditized (and modularized).  This triumph was at the expense of the over-serving and over-priced Mac.
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Tumblr dives into a boatload of money  —  Tumblr, the lightweight blogging company, has raised between $25 million and $30 million in new VC funding, Fortune has learned.  The valuation is in the ballpark of $135 million.  —  BusinessInsider first reported on the existence of a new round last week …
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.
Pete Warden / ReadWriteWeb:
Secrets of the LinkedIn Data Scientists  —  I suffer from severe data envy when it comes to LinkedIn.  They have detailed information on millions of people who are motivated to keep their profiles up-to-date, collect a rich network of connections and have a strong desire from their users …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Changewave maps carrier remorse: More than a third wish they could buy iPhone  —  A fun survey from the folks from Changewave today.  They asked US smartphone customers not on AT&T if they would have liked to have purchased the iPhone, if their carrier ...carried it.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Oracle Rests SAP Case, Slams HP CEO  —  Just a day or so left now before the jury in the Oracle-SAP trial begins its deliberations.  Oracle called its last rebuttal witness early Friday and closing arguments will soon follow.  In the end, Oracle opted not to show former SAP chief Léo …
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
How Facebook learned from MySpace's mistakes  —  Facebook and MySpace were neck and neck competitors for years, but with yesterday's announcement, Mark Zuckerberg became the clear victor of this round of social.  Here's how Facebook did it.  —  In six fast years, Facebook has grown from startup into a billion dollar enterprise.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
 
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Rebecca Mackinnon / Wall Street Journal:
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Brian Hendricks / Bing:
Announcing the new Bing Maps site with a redesigned left-rail …
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