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8:40 PM ET, December 2, 2010

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Confirms $175 Million Amazon Investment  —  The rumors are true!  Amazon and daily deals site LivingSocial have just officially confirmed their partnership, with the e-tailer investing a whopping $175 million in the latter.  This comes at an interesting time for both companies …
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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 …
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:   In depth: Google's Simon Morrison on its new anti-piracy steps
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.
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 …
Amar Toor / Switched:
YouPorn, Perez Hilton Exploit Bug to Obtain Your Browsing History  —  Researchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a bug that many sites are using to track the browsing behavior of their visitors.  The flaw was found on some 485 websites, including YouPorn …
Discussion: BBC and Telegraph
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Maybe We Should Start Burning Books, Too  —  Tableau Software: … WikiLeaks has never been found guilty of violating a single U.S. law.  As Glenn Greenwald writes, Lieberman, using his position as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is pressuring hosts to drop WikiLeaks content …
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: Pulse2, CNET News, Engadget and Electronista
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Research In Motion / Inside BlackBerry:
RIM welcomes TAT!
John Battelle / SAI:
Google Admits Algorithms Are Subjective  —  Wow, I've never seen this before.  Check out Google's post, responding to the New York Times story about a bad actor who had figured out a way to make a living leveraging what he saw as holes in Google's approach to ranking.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
55 people think the iPad is more valuable than the Galaxy Tab (updated)  —  If you read tech news today, expect to see a story making the rounds concerning a “consumer poll” rating the iPad versus the Galaxy Tab.  According to the report, an “overwhelming majority” of consumers prefer Apple's tablet …
Discussion: IntoMobile, GigaOM, AppleInsider and Fortune
W.J. Hennigan / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
WikiLeaks' new home is in a former bomb shelter  —  WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing top-secret government information, has found a new home for its trove of covert dossiers: inside a Cold War bomb shelter.  —  Truly the stuff of spy films, the site features solid steel doors …
Discussion: CNN and SAI
Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Chrome 8 comes out of beta, PDF viewer and Chrome Web Store support included  —  Today, Google released a stable and very polished version of Chrome 8 that is now avaliable for consumption on all three major operating systems.  This non-beta version of Chrome features something …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast: We bent over backwards to help Level 3! (those bastards)  —  Level 3's inflammatory Monday afternoon press release, in which it basically accused Comcast of trying to whack Netflix streaming traffic and flout net neutrality principles, certainly started a fire.
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.
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: MediaPost, Pulse2, SAI and paidContent
Tom Rizzo / Why Microsoft:
Google, the GSA and the Competition  —  Today, the General Services Administration made the decision to replace several different versions of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino software with Google for its own email.  While we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Going, Going: LimeWire Shutters Online Store, Too  —  LimeWire, the high-profile file-sharing company, more or less shut down in October, following a federal court ruling.  But there are bits and pieces of the company still up and running.  —  Not for much longer, it seems.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
10gen Raises $6.5M to Dominate the NoSQL Space  —  Updated. 10gen, the company providing commercial support for the open-source MongoDB database, has raised $6.5 million in third-round funding led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from prior investors Flybridge Capital Partners and Union Square Ventures.
Discussion: VatorNews, SAI, CloudAve and VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Research.ly Debuts Real-Time Social Search Platform, Plus 3 Years of Twitter's Archive  —  There's a new tool that online marketers, brand managers and social media experts should be aware of: Research.ly, a new social search platform for researching Twitter conversations and tracking the associated analytics.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhone sales in China ‘disappointing’  —  But they will improve rapidly, says an analyst, now that Wi-Fi and the iPhone 4 have arrived  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Morgan Keegan  —  “In general, smartphones have exploded in China this year,” writes Morgan Keegan's Travis McCourt in a report to clients issued Thursday.
Discussion: Digital Daily, SAI and Electronista
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Billboard tracks artists' social-media popularity  —  Billboard has unveiled a new chart, the Social 50, that ranks artist popularity on social media.  To calculate the 50 most popular artists each week, Billboard uses the number of weekly additions or subtractions in followers …
Discussion: iMedia Connection
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix Willing To Pay $100,000 Per Episode For New TV Episodes  —  Netflix is making a big move to get more content for its live streaming service, offering $75,000-$100,000 for new episodes of TV shows in the middle of a TV season, the New York Post reports.
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 …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon LTE Blows Through Monthly Data Cap in 32 Minutes  —  Verizon's new 4G LTE network is so fast that you can use up your entire 5GB, $50 monthly allotment in 32 minutes.  —  I'm in the middle of testing Verizon's new LTE network, and the 2010-era speeds are soured by the 2005-era thinking on data plans.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Amazon Denies Dropping WikiLeaks Because Of ‘Government Inquiry’  —  Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) says that a “government inquiry” did not drive its controversial decision to stop hosting WikiLeaks' site Monday.  In a short blog post, the company says charges that a government inquiry prompted …
Discussion: TechFlash and CNET News
Google Watch:
U.S. Senator Kohl Urges DOJ Review of Google ITA Bid  —  It's getting harder and harder for Google to do a big deal in the wake of its $750 million consummation of mobile ad maker AdMob.  —  Against the backdrop of concerns that Google could buy Groupon for $5 billion or so …
Paul Krill / Computerworld:
Google upgrades its cloud platform  —  InfoWorld - Google will upgrade on Thursday its Google App Engine cloud platform and its software development kit, adding capabilities for real-time communications and increased data replication.  —  The company will roll out Google App Engine 1.4.0 …
 
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Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys Mobile Gaming Developer Newtoy
Michael Kan / PC World:
Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches Groupon-like Site
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and TechEye
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Image Sparks International Debate In Iran
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Password Manager LastPass Acquires Xmarks
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Gowalla 3.0 Unifies Check-Ins, Places With Facebook, Twitter, And Yes, Foursquare
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
BBC Plans Subscription-Only U.S. iPlayer On iPad