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11:05 PM ET, November 30, 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 …
Discussion: Digits, SAI and Wall Street Journal
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's Groupon Offer: $5.3 Billion, With $700 Million Earnout
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
New Enterprise Associates Poised to Score Big on Groupon Thanks to Old Ties
Stephen Grocer / Deal Journal:
Analysts on Groupon Deal: Google Upping Its Fight with Facebook?
Discussion: paidContent 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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Feature: How Comcast became a toll-collecting, nuke-wielding hydra  —  Wharton Business School professor Kevin Werbach dubs Comcast's actions this week a “turning point in US Internet policy.”  Law professor Susan Crawford calls Comcast a terrifying, hat-wearing hydra—and she's looking for a Hercules to cut it down to size.
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  —  The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search, in violation of European Union rules (Article 102 TFEU).
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 …
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.
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.
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Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Fed up with ICANN, Pirate Bay cofounder floats P2P DNS system
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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:
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: Internet2Go
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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: CrunchGear and TUAW
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Rumor: January Windows Phone 7 update to be massive, catches up with iPhone  —  We've been covering the rumored software update for Windows Phone 7 for sometime now, even having our forum members add some info to the mix.  So far, the update is suppose to have the following features:
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Motorola to finally split on January 4th  —  Motorola announced Tuesday that its board has approved a reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-7, and the company will finally split into two separate entities on January 4th, 2011.  In just over a month, Motorola will change its name to Motorola Solutions …
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.
Discussion: WinRumors and The Next Web, Thanks:hornokplease
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For Start-Ups, the Ultimate Goal: Becoming a Verb  —  When starting a new Web site or Internet service, most technologists are aiming to sell to a larger company or gain hundreds of millions of users.  But for some there is an even bigger glory than cash: their company name becomes a verb.
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
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Verizon sucks at Photoshop: confuses the Droid X for an iPhone  —  Man, Motorola's not going to be pleased about this!  The Droid X is justifiably one of Verizon's marquee devices for this holiday season and takes pride of place on the carrier's Cyber Monday offers page, but wait …
 
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Marin Perez / IntoMobile:
FCC moves to free more spectrum for mobile broadband
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: The Microsoft Blog and TechFlash
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter's Great Big Problem Is Its Massive Opportunity
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Q&A with MySpace CEO Mike Jones
Discussion: Gawker and Digital Trends
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
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books
Discussion: Computerworld and TeleRead
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple makes PhotoFast stop production of speedy 256 GB MacBook Air SSDs