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7:05 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 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: Erictric, Googling Google Blog and SAI
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, SAI and Howard Lindzon
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and The Next Web
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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
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.”
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
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Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
HP Pulls Out of the Windows Home Server Market, Leaves Vail Out in the Cold
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Discussion: All Things Digital
Sui-Lee Wee / Reuters:
China arrests hundreds of hackers, says situation “grim”
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Multiple Touch & MacBook Tablet Patents
Discussion: TUAW and CrunchGear
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Gearing Up For A Chrome Web Store Launch (For Real This Time)
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Visa to Use Your Phone's Location to Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Discussion: Avivah Litan, Geek.com and Examiner
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter Trusts, No Longer Verifies
Discussion: Techland and TUAW
Rob Pegoraro / Faster Forward:
Amazon charges Kindle users for free Project Gutenberg e-books
Discussion: PC World and TeleRead