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Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM acquires The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), the SWAT team of UI design  —  RIM's upcoming QNX-based OS is about to get a swift kick in the UI, as the company announced its acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe on Thursday.  Also known as TAT, the team is renowned for its stunning UI work …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM welcomes TAT!  —  Today we are pleased to confirm plans for The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) team to join Research In Motion (RIM).  We're excited that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms.
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Buying Milo.com For $75 Million  —  eBay is acquiring local shopping site Milo.com, we've learned from a reader.  We confirmed it with a second source.  The price tag according to our sources is $75 million in cash.  Milo.com is shopping search engine that lets you find out what's in stock at local stores.
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Being bad to your customers is bad for business  —  A recent article by the New York Times related a disturbing story.  By treating your customers badly, one merchant told the paper, you can generate complaints and negative reviews that translate to more links to your site; which, in turn, make it more prominent in search engines.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google: Now Using Online Merchant Reviews As Ranking Signal
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
BBC Plans Subscription-Only U.S. iPlayer On iPad  —  This is huge.  The BBC will launch the long-awaited global version of its iPlayer TV catch-up service on a subscription-only basis, and initially only on iPad.  —  The service, carrying BBC shows like Doctor Who on-demand …
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Making Copyright Work Better Online  —  There are more than 1 trillion unique URLs on the web and more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.  It's some pretty fantastic stuff - content that makes us think, laugh, and learn new things.  Services we couldn't have imagined ten years ago …
9 to 5 Mac:
Apple opens up new business with POS systems  —  Late last year there were rumors that Apple would release their EasyPay point-of-sale system as a commercial product to third parties.  Last month Apple's first customer, Gap Inc's Old Navy subsidiary began piloting them.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Liberty Exits IAC For Evite, Gifts.com And $220M In Cash - Diller Steps Down As CEO  —  Big move for Liberty Media, IAC and the latter's Barry Diller today.  The former has exchanged its entire equity stake in the Internet holding company for a combination of assets and cash in a transaction intended to be tax-free to both companies.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
For Flipboard, Future is HTML5, RSS & New New Advertising  —  As traditional publishers struggle to find new business models centered on the iPad and other tablets, Mike McCue, the founder of Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile media company, Flipboard, seems to have figured out a business model for his 20-person company.
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks  —  Early this week, after hacker attacks on its site, Wikileaks moved its operation, including all those diplomatic cables, to the greener pastures of Amazon.com's cloud servers.  But today, it was down again and mid-afternoon we found out the reason …
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Democracy in America:   Missing the point of WikiLeaks
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's M&A Head Andrew Siegel Is Departing the Company  —  Andrew Siegel-Yahoo's head of corporate development, who is in charge of its mergers and acquisitions strategy-is leaving the company, according to sources.  —  The former General Electric exec, who came to the Internet giant just over a year ago …
Discussion: SAI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys Mobile Gaming Developer Newtoy  —  Social gaming giant Zynga has had a big week.  The company launched a new game, CityVille, last night; debuted FarmVille in Japan; and teamed up with American Express to allow cardholders to exchange rewards for virtual goods.
Discussion: SAI, EngageDigital and Fortune
Michael Kan / PC World:
Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches Groupon-like Site  —  China's top search engine Baidu has launched its own Groupon-like platform that will not only provide discounts to consumers, but will also allow businesses to freely promote their own group buying deals online.
Discussion: TechEye
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla 3.0 Unifies Check-Ins, Places With Facebook, Twitter, And Yes, Foursquare  —  This past March, I came home from SXSW with a problem.  The so-called “location war” hadn't yielded one check-in service to rule them all.  In fact, several new ones popped up just at that conference alone.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Image Sparks International Debate In Iran  —  Some in Iran are calling for the removal of a Star of David that's still sitting atop the Iran Air headquarters in Tehran, some 30+ years after Iran broke off relations with Israel.  The image above shows the Star on the building's roof …
Discussion: Fox News
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Smart mute and easier ways to unmute  —  If you subscribe to a lot of mailing lists and like to keep an empty inbox, muting (or preventing a conversation from re-entering your inbox) is an essential feature.  We just made a few changes that should make muting even better.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Password Manager LastPass Acquires Xmarks  —  LastPass, an online password manager and form filler, has acquired the social bookmarking and browser synchronization service Xmarks.  —  The San Francisco-based Xmarks has been in the midst of some tumult of late, as it closed down in September …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Quad-core processors coming to Android devices in the near future  —  I'm not sure who coined the phrase first, but those “Chuck Norris quad-core processors” that everyone likes to joke about on Twitter could make their way into Android devices sooner than you think.
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
Apple TV: Streaming and Renting From Devices  —  Of all the set-top boxes designed to bring online and computer content to your TV, perhaps the best known is Apple TV.  But, unlike its maker's other products, Apple TV hasn't caught on in a big way.  In fact, Apple CEO Steve Jobs calls it a “hobby.”
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Are Companies Scanning Open Source Commit Logs And Patenting What They Find?  —  It's funny how often we hear patent system supporters tell us that if you haven't actually gotten a patent for your invention, it's perfectly reasonable for someone else to go and patent it instead.
Peter Baldwin / Official Google Reader Blog:
The Android Google Reader app is here!  —  It's been a long time coming, but the official Google Reader app for Android is finally here.  Let's jump into the features, shall we?  —  The app supports all the basics you'd expect like unread counts, friends, sharing, liking, and starring, but it also has a whole lot more, including:
Mike Bradshaw / The Official Google Blog:
U.S. General Services Administration is going Google  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Enterprise Blog)  —  The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced its decision to move 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government.  GSA oversees the business …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple TV users reporting long rental wait times, HDMI issues  —  Early adopters of Apple's second-generation Apple TV are reporting issues with streaming HD rentals and problems completing “HDMI handshakes” between the new Apple TV and their HD TVs.  —  Several discussion threads …
Paul Graham / Paul Graham's Essays:
Tablets  —  I was thinking recently how inconvenient it was not to have a general term for iPhones, iPads, and the corresponding things running Android.  The closest to a general term seems to be “mobile devices,” but that (a) applies to any mobile phone, and (b) doesn't really capture what's distinctive about the iPad.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple patents glasses-less 3D projection  —  A diagram of how Apple's proposed 3D projection system would work.  —  It's not that much of a surprise that Apple thinks watching 3D content with plastic glasses is dumb.  —  And the company that's all about sleek, cool, and simple has actually …
 
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Rambus Sues Broadcom, Nvidia, Four Others, Over Patents
Discussion: TechEye and VentureBeat
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Yahoo Japan: Google deal gets regulatory green light
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Real to announce new media organizer next week
Discussion: iMedia Connection
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
DoubleClick Co-Founder Wants To Help You ‘FindTheBest’
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 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is “Google Me” Codenamed “Emerald City”?  And Why Is Google Baraza Copying Quora?
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
If Net Neutrality Is Coming, So Is The End Of All-You-Can-Eat Internet Access
Discussion: DSLreports, eWeek, Inquirer and MediaPost
Naval Ravikant / Startup Boy:
There is No Angel Bubble. There are Many Angel Bubbles.
Discussion: Elias Bizannes and broadstuff