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2:25 PM ET, December 2, 2010

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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.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Ebay Acquires Milo For $75 Million.  Investors Make A Killing.  —  An update to our post earlier today: We've confirmed that local shopping startup Milo has in fact been acquired by eBay, for $75 million.  Business Insider first reported on the possible deal earlier today.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Tom Rizzo / Why Microsoft:
Google, the GSA and the Competition
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.
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.
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.
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:
Jack Dorsey's Square Embroiled In Nasty Litigation Over Card Reader Patent  —  Every startup needs an inception story, and that of electronic payment service company Square goes something like this: … As always, the full story of the founding of Square is a tad longer, and much more complex.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Android Gingerbread UI Gets Exposed In The Crispest Video To Date  —  Wow, this went unnoticed for a while, didn't it?  On November 23rd, Google's own GoogleinHK YouTube account posted a video walkthrough of the new Google Voice Search in Cantonese.  With only 2100 views …
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.
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 …
Democracy in America:
Missing the point of WikiLeaks  —  DAVID BROOK's recent column and Ross Douthat's reply to my defence of WikiLeaks have helped me to pin down and articulate the source of a nagging but previously inchoate sense that somehow we're all missing the bigger picture.
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Password Manager LastPass Acquires Xmarks  —  LastPass, an online password manager, 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 and then quickly opened …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IDC: IT spending will shift from hardware to software; 25 billion app downloads in 2011  —  IDC is projecting global IT spending will be $1.6 trillion in 2011, up 5.7 percent from 2010.  But under the hood there are a few key shifts underway in cloud computing, social software and mobile apps.
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.
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.
 
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Willing To Pay $100,000 Per Episode For New TV Episodes
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
55 people think the iPad is more valuable than the Galaxy Tab
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Rambus Sues Broadcom, Nvidia, Four Others, Over Patents
Discussion: Inquirer, VentureBeat and TechEye
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Yahoo Japan: Google deal gets regulatory green light
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple TV users reporting long rental wait times, HDMI issues
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Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
DoubleClick Co-Founder Wants To Help You ‘FindTheBest’
Discussion: Pulse2 and Mashable!
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Google's Bid for Groupon Portrayed as a Bargain
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Why Microsoft loves homebrew and hacking
Paul Graham / Paul Graham's Essays:
Tablets  —  I was thinking recently how inconvenient …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and MacStories
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Windows Phone 7 Update Is No iPhone Killer