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9:40 AM ET, November 29, 2010

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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Google buys Groupon for $2.5 billion?  —  While neither company has confirmed the story, the acquisition follows a week of buyout rumors  —  Google has just purchased Groupon for $2.5 billion, according to an unnamed insider who spoke with VatorNews.  Neither Google nor Groupon …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google M&A Lead Congratulates Groupon CEO On Um, Something  —  Rumors of a Google Groupon acquisition are circling through the blogosphere this Sunday night/Monday morning and for good reason, the scrappy little Vator.tv has come up with a 2.5 billion dollar acquisition price for the deal, according to sources.
New York Times:
Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels  —  WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WikiLeaked Diplomatic Cables Confirm China's Politburo Was Behind …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
WikiLeaks And The Failure Of Cyberattacks As Censorship
Courtney Comstock / SAI:
Morgan Stanley's Legendary Tech Analyst Mary Meeker Moving To Kleiner Perkins  —  Kleiner Perkins just poached Mary Meeker, Morgan Stanley's star tech analyst, says CNBC, citing WSJ.  —  Meeker has been a huge name since the .com days, and every year comes out with a hugely influential report/overview of the industry.
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Microsoft develops shape-shifting touchscreen  —  Microsoft this week filed a patent application covering a novel way to construct a “tactile” touchscreen - a display that uses technical tricks to convince users they are actually touching the ridges, bumps and textures of a displayed image.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's “Gold Standard” Search Results Take Big Hit In New York Times Story  —  The New York Times has a great, detailed story out today about a merchant with an unusual marketing strategy: be mean to customers.  Any publicity, even negative publicity, means a win with Google's ranking algorithms.
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Thor Muller / Social Studies Blog:
When businesses attack...their customers
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What should Google do?  —  Twitter was abuzz last night …
Discussion: Conversation Agent
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
Can you really see who viewed your Facebook profile?  Rogue application spreads virally  —  Once again, a rogue application is spreading virally between Facebook users pretending to offer you a way of seeing who has viewed your profile.  —  As we've described a couple of times before …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Go Rumors
Bloomberg:
Apple Lawyers Up for Patent Showdowns With Nokia, Motorola, HTC  —  Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) — Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.'s iPhone one of the best-selling smartphones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications.  Now he's adding lawyers to the mix.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PhoneArena and SAI
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Microsoft in talks for new TV service: sources  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has held talks with media companies to license TV networks for a new online pay-television subscription service through devices such as its Xbox video game console, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters.
Discussion: paidContent and WinRumors
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Now a Giant, Google Works to Retain Nimble Minds  —  When a product manager at Google told his bosses this year that he was quitting to take a job at Facebook, they offered him a large raise.  When he said it was not about the money, they told him he could have a promotion …
Discussion: SAI
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
The Mac that saved Apple (and Steve Jobs)  —  Deep inside the Bondi Blue  —  This Old Box On May 6, 1998, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iMac at the Flint Center Theater in Apple's home town of Cupertino, California — the same venue where he had unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984.
Electronista:
Apple Cyber Monday gives discounts on audio, cases  —  The Apple Store today kicked off a post-Thanksgiving Monday sale that has swung attention to accessories and some of Apple's secondary services.  Audio is a focus and sees Beats' Beatbox speaker dock and Solo HD headphones drop down by $40 and $20 respectively, to $360 and $180.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and everythingiCafe
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
For PayPal, the Future Is Mobile  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Scott Thompson, the president of PayPal, chats with executives at its parent, eBay, he is diplomatic about the size of his business compared with eBay's marketplace.  —  “I hope — honestly, genuinely — that we never get bigger than you,” he tells them.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
George W. Bush to answer live questions from Facebook HQ tomorrow
Discussion: Mashable!
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Unlock for iPhone 3GS and 3G on iOS 4.2.1 Released !
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Amid economic doldrums, Apple has a spectacular year
Discussion: Guardian
Tal Ater / Green Any Site:
Is Facebook Preparing to Launch Video Chatting In a Partnership with Skype?