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8:55 AM ET, December 1, 2010

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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 …
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 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
Discussion: SAI, Erictric and Googling Google Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bidding War For Twitter Raises Valuation To Nearly $4 Billion.  Kleiner Perkins Currently In Pole Position  —  Two weeks ago we reported that Twitter was mulling over raising a big new round of financing and the expected valuation was in the $3 billion range.  Things have developed since then, it seems.
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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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Groupon buys 3 discount sites, expands into Asia  —  (Reuters) - Online group discount website Groupon said on Wednesday that it has acquired three deal websites in Asia, expanding the company's reach across East and Southeast Asia.  —  Groupon Inc, which is rumored to be close to being bought …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Groupon Grows Beyond One Deal Per Day
Discussion: 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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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 …
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 …
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2011 and Beyond  —  Predictions Show Clear Linkage of IT Investments and Business Results Becoming an Imperative for IT Organizations  —    Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2011 and beyond.
Wall Street Journal:
Race Is On to ‘Fingerprint’ Phones, PCs  —  IRVINE, Calif.—David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.  —  He's off to a good start.  So far, Mr. Norris's start-up company, BlueCava Inc., has identified 200 million devices.
Discussion: TechEye
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.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Future Is Here: DoubleTwist Brings Wireless Sync To Android For Music, Photos & Video  —  Earlier today, Winamp released a new version of its Android application that allowed users to sync their music wirelessly with their Windows desktop (disclosure: Winamp and TechCrunch are both owned by AOL).
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.
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.
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.
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:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Every Tweet Counts: Google News Adds “Most Shared” Section  —  Google News has begun experimenting with a section titled “most shared” on its home page, apparently tracking activity on outside social networks including Twitter.  When people say that some amount of social technology …
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.
Rob Walker / Fast Company:
Inside the Wild, Wacky, Profitable World of Boing Boing  —  Happy Mutants: From left, Mark Frauenfelder, David Pescovitz, “band manager” John Battelle, Cory Doctorow, and Xeni Jardin |  It's eccentric.  It's unprofessional.  And it makes money.  How four people who do exactly what they want run …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and ChasNote
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Microsoft reaches out to Windows Phone 7 jailbreak developers, unlocking tool pulled  —  It seems like its all happening over at ChevronWP7, the Windows 7 unlocking tool.  Just minutes after we reported that the first homebrew application for Windows Phone 7 had been developed and published …
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.
Softpedia News:
Flash Player 10.2 Beta Adds Full GPU Acceleration for Video and Multi-Monitor Support  —  Adobe has announced the launch of the Flash Player 10.2 Beta.  The latest testing release of the popular plugin comes with several new features and broader hardware acceleration for videos.
 
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Julia Angwin / Digits:
A New Type of Tracking: Akamai's ‘Pixel-Free’ Technology
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Multiple Touch & MacBook Tablet Patents
Discussion: TUAW and CrunchGear
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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)
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter's Great Big Problem Is Its Massive Opportunity
Discussion: graysky
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron Duo review
 Earlier Items: 
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Visa to Use Your Phone's Location to Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Discussion: Avivah Litan, Geek.com and Examiner
Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
Microsoft exec says Google is ‘failing’ in the enterprise
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Incredible Stupidity Of Investigating Google For Acting Like A Search Engine
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Winamp Wants To Be The iTunes Of Android; Now Out Of Beta With Wireless Sync