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1:55 AM ET, December 1, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Groupon Board Will Meet Tomorrow To Decide On Google Deal  —  Amidst everyone in the world writing about the rumored $5.3 billion dollar Google Groupon offer at the moment, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal has not yet been sealed and that Groupon's board of directors is holding …
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DealBook:
Google's Gambit for Groupon Raises Concerns  —  Google's $6 billion bid for Groupon, an online coupon start-up, is an aggressive move by the company to dominate local online advertising and help with its long-sought move into social networking.  —  Google has offered Groupon $5.3 billion …
Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks to Buy Groupon  —  Google Inc. is in talks to buy local deals site Groupon Inc., said people familiar with the matter, a move that would mark Google's biggest acquisition yet and a major push into local advertising.  —  The two sides weren't prepared to announce a deal as of Tuesday …
Discussion: Googling Google Blog, Erictric and SAI
George Ou / Digital Society:
Level 3 outbid Akamai on Netflix by reselling stolen bandwidth  —  Level 3 communications raised a lot of eyebrows earlier this month when it outbid rival Content Delivery Network (CDN) provider Akamai to deliver Netflix content to large parts of the United States.
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J T. Ramsay / Comcast Voices:
How Internet Peering Works  —  In the last couple of days, since Level 3 challenged Comcast's “Internet peering” practices and said they violated the principles of “net neutrality,” a lot of people have been trying to understand just how “Internet peering” works.
Vijay Sankaran / Nokia Siemens Networks Blog:
New iPhone OS supports our network technology to boost smartphone performance  —  With its latest iPhone iOs 4.2 software, it looks like Apple is joining efforts to cut smartphone signalling down to size.  Tests by Nokia Siemens Networks have shown that iPhone iOs 4.2 supports …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Set to Launch E-Book Venture  —  Google Inc. is in the final stages of launching its long-awaited e-book retailing venture, Google Editions, a move that could shake up the way digital books are sold.  —  The long-delayed venture—Google executives had said they hoped to launch this summer …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Incredible Stupidity Of Investigating Google For Acting Like A Search Engine  —  I did a search at Google today for “cars” and was shocked.  Rather than list links allowing me to search for “cars” on Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Voila, Naver and Yandex, Google instead favored its own search results.
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission probes allegations of antitrust violations by Google
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook Engineering Director Aditya Agarwal Departs  —  Facebook director of engineering and very early employee Aditya Agarwal is leaving the company after more than five years, he announced last night.  —  In a note published on his Facebook profile, Agarwal said:
Andrew / Groublogpon:
Coming Soon: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed  —  This summer, we launched personalization to bring you deals that better suit your interests.  We weren't about to stop there - today, we're giving you a sneak peak of some new stuff that will bring you even more deals you love: Groupon Stores and the Deal Feed.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Groupon Grows Beyond One Deal Per Day
Royal Pingdom:
Mobile OS usage splits the world (chart)  —  Where do you think Apple's iPhone is the most popular?  Where does Nokia's Symbian phones dominate?  How is it going for Android in different parts of the world?  What about Blackberry?  —  We're going to answer all of those questions and more in this article …
Discussion: Technologizer and Internet2Go
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs: AirPlay Video Streaming Coming to Safari and Third-Party Apps in 2011  —  One of the major new features deployed in iOS 4.2 last week was AirPlay, Apple's solution for streaming video, audio, and photos from portable iOS devices to the new Apple TV for display on users' televisions.
Nick Denton / Lifehacker:
Why Gawker is moving beyond the blog  —  The 2011 template represents the most significant change in the Gawker model since the launch of Gizmodo and Gawker in 2002.  One could go further: it represents an evolution of the very blog form that has transformed online media over the last eight years.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Winamp Wants To Be The iTunes Of Android; Now Out Of Beta With Wireless Sync  —  Today Winamp for Android is coming out of beta, a month after its initial launch and more than 500,000 downloads later.  The public Android release lets you manage your music downloads on your Android and will offer …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Kindle Feels iPad's Heat, Sees E-Reader Lead Going Up in Smoke  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs first announced the company's new iBookstore and iBooks application for the iPad back in January, he said that while Amazon had done a great job with its Kindle e-book reader, Apple planned to “stand on their shoulders and go a little further.”
Emre Peker / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Gives Bankers IPads, Signaling Danger to RIM  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. will give its investment bankers iPads to provide an additional mobile tool as Apple Inc. expands its domain to Wall Street, threatening Research in Motion Ltd. in a market it traditionally dominated.
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron Duo review  —  When Dell first demoed the Inspiron Duo and its vertically rotating screen on stage at IDF in September, our mouths nearly hit the floor.  It looked like a plain old netbook until its 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen did a magical backflip and folded down over its keyboard to morph into a tablet.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, SAI and Liliputing
Sui-Lee Wee / Reuters:
China arrests hundreds of hackers, says situation “grim”  —  (Reuters) - China has arrested more than 460 hackers from start of this year to the end of November, but the prospects to prevent future assaults on computer security remain grim, the ministry of public security said.
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec says Google is ‘failing’ in the enterprise  —  In Q&A, Microsoft's Tom Rizzo says Google doesn't understand business needs  —  Computerworld - Raising the stakes in its war of words, Microsoft today said Google simply doesn't understand what businesses need, and is failing at pushing its way into the enterprise.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Cuts Off AppNexus, and the Ad Tech World Shudders  —  AppNexus, a high-flying ad technology start-up, just had a bad few days.  The next few weeks could be rough, too.  —  That's because over the weekend, Google suspended the company's access to the ad giant's “real time” ad exchange.
Bing:
Bing Feature Update: Shop, compare and share on Facebook with new Bing shopping features  —  Having a tough time deciding between Xbox 360 Slim or Xbox Kinect?  Black pumps or knee-high boots?  Netbook or notebook?  —  Bing shopping has always let you compare prices, see product reviews and links to where you can purchase.
Discussion: All Things Digital
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures  —  The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system.
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP Pulls Out of the Windows Home Server Market, Leaves Vail Out in the Cold  —  HP today announced an immediate withdrawal from the Windows Home Server market.  —  In a briefing earlier this month, the company explained that the recent acquisition of Palm had led to a shift in business priorities across …
Discussion: The Windows Blog, Bink.nu and WinRumors
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Multiple Touch & MacBook Tablet Patents  —  In a second wave of granted patents published by the US Patent and Trademark Office for Apple Inc. today, we see that they've won several key touch related patents including two relating to virtual keyboards.
Discussion: TUAW and CrunchGear
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Trusts, No Longer Verifies  —  On the Internet no one knows you're a dog.  And on Twitter, no one knows if you're really Kim Kardashian.  Unless Twitter says so, via its “verified account” badge.  —  But that system, introduced by Twitter back in June 2009, is going away.
Discussion: Techland and TUAW
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Report: In-Game Purchases To Blow Mobile Games Revenues Past $11 Billion By 2015
Discussion: Market Wire, VatorNews, Techland and TechEye
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Every Tweet Counts: Google News Adds “Most Shared” Section
Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
FCC moves to free more spectrum for mobile broadband
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For Start-Ups, the Ultimate Goal: Becoming a Verb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Gearing Up For A Chrome Web Store Launch (For Real This Time)
Microsoft Tax Dodge:
Ex-Microsoft Executive to Lead Washington State Department of Revenue
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter's Great Big Problem Is Its Massive Opportunity
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 Earlier Items: 
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Visa to Use Your Phone's Location to Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Awesome: DIY Data Tool Needlebase Now Available to Everyone
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
New Enterprise Associates Poised to Score Big on Groupon Thanks to Old Ties
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Are Those Yahoo Layoffs Starting To Roll Out Today?
Discussion: CNET News and SAI
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Sued For Having Privacy Controls In Place. Yes, Seriously.
Discussion: paidContent
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon sucks at Photoshop: confuses the Droid X for an iPhone