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10:55 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Thor Muller / Social Studies Blog:
When businesses attack...their customers  —  Get Satisfaction is better known these days for providing a platform for companies to “love their customers,” but at times it's also a channel for consumers to make their voices heard to companies that actively spurn them.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
What should Google do?  —  Twitter was abuzz last night …
Discussion: Conversation Agent
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Gartner Cuts PC Shipment Estimates As Tablets Gain  —  Gartner has cut its estimates on PC shipments, saying tablets are increasingly serving as substitutes for PCs for light data consumption.  The firm said that worldwide PC shipments were on pace for 352.4 million units this year …
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Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
Will Tablets Kill the PC Star?
AppleInsider:
Apple sees strong iPad, 11-inch MacBook Air sales on Black Friday  —  Wall Street analysts kept a close watch on sales at Apple stores and authorized retailers on Black Friday, and found a healthy demand for the company's products across the board.  —  Analyst Gene Munster and his team …
Discussion: Fortune, SAI, MacRumors and iPodNN
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.
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
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Samsung Nexus S reappears at the FCC with a pair of new antennas  —  Thinking that the not-yet-announced Samsung GT-i9020T (a.k.a. Nexus S) might be delayed due to a last minute addition of a dual-core processor, as recently seen in the seemingly similar i9100?
comScore, Inc.:
Black Friday Boasts $648 Million in U.S. Online Holiday Spending, Up 9 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Thanksgiving Day Surges 28 Percent to $407 Million as Consumers Increasingly Use Day for Online Shopping  —  comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
 
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Electronista:
Apple Cyber Monday gives discounts on audio, cases
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Etsy's Facebook-Powered “Shop For A Friend” Site Is Awesome
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Lifechanger: Happiness Is a Loaded Sonos
Owen Fletcher / Digits:
Return of the China Twitter Clone?
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Sprint fires another shot at Verizon; launches 4G in six more markets
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Momento Is Perhaps The Perfect Passive Diary App
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
Google Maps faces July 2011 deadline on China regulations
Aleks Krotoski / Guardian:
The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
George W. Bush to answer live questions from Facebook HQ tomorrow
Discussion: The Register, Post Tech and 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
 

 
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