Fred / A VC:
Invest In The Mess — There's a front page story in the NY Times today about the hyperactivity in web startupland. They quote from a few posts I've made on this blog and I think Jenna and Evelyn did a nice job with the story. — The thing that's clear from reading the story is the hyperactivity …
A Silicon Bubble Shows Signs Of Reinflating — In a memorable scene in the movie “The Social Network,” Sean Parker, the investor played by Justin Timberlake, leans over the table and tells the founders of Facebook in a conspiratorial tone: “A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool?
Discussion: SAI, msnbc.com and Pitos Blog
Melissa Harris / Chicago Breaking Business:
Sources: Groupon rejects Google's offer; will stay independent — The deal didn't tip after all. Chicago-based Groupon Inc. has eschewed an acquisition offer from Google Inc. and is staying independent, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: BoomTown, Learn to Duck, Wall Street Journal, Mashable!, The Next Web, Between the Lines Blog, Chicago Tribune, Runnin' Scared, ITworld.com, Fortune, Softpedia News, V3.co.uk, DealBook, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, msnbc.com, GigaOM, Chicago Business, Reuters, VentureBeat, paidContent, VatorNews, NBC Bay Area, SAI, Social Medium, Erictric, The Seattle Times, Deal Journal, Relevant Results, Search Engine Land, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Thanks, but No Thanks: Did Groupon Just Pull a Facebook?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: Groupon spurns Google: Bad move or brilliant?
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared: Groupon Brushes Off Google's $6 Billion Offer
Chris Nerney / ITworld.com: Groupon to Google: No sale
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Google's Groupon deal is off
Phil Muncaster / V3.co.uk: Groupon rejects Google's $6bn bid
Douglas Macmillan / Bloomberg: Groupon Is Said to Reject Google Offer; Startup Will Decide on IPO in 2011
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Groupon Turns Down Google's Takeover Bid
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business: Groupon board split on Google offer
Steve James / Reuters: Google's bid for Groupon falls through - report
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Groupon spurns Google's paltry $6B offer, makes $2B every year
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent: The Google-Groupon Deal Is Reportedly Dead
Faith Merino / VatorNews: No love for Google: Groupon turns down offer
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Groupon-Google Deal Falls Apart
Mike Isaac / Social Medium: Groupon Turns Down Google's $6 Billion Offer
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Groupon Reportedly Rejects Google's $6 Billion Acquisition Offer
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal: Why Groupon Was Right to Say No to Google
Tom Krazit / Relevant Results: Report: Groupon rejects Google's offers
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Amazing: Groupon Rejects Google Mega-Offer
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: Groupon Reportedly Rejects Google's $6 Billion Acquisition Offer
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Did Groupon Just Spurn Google's $6 Billion In Favor Of An IPO?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Groupon Annual Revenues Actually $2 Billion — According to sources close to the situation, Groupon's actual run rate for this year is clocking in at $2 billion in revenue, rather than the widely quoted $500 million. — Who knew hawking spas treatments and stripper pole lessons could be so lucrative?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Techie Buzz, Androinica, Examiner, The Blog Herald, TechCrunch, Search Engine Journal, CNNMoney.com, Screenwerk, The Next Web and SAI
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Groupon Rebuffs Google: What Now?
Tehseen Baweja / Techie Buzz: With $2 Billion Annual Revenue, Groupon Says NO To Google
Michael Heller / Androinica: Groupon says “No” to Google's $6 Billion Offer
Michael Santo / Examiner: Groupon turns down Google's $6 billion acquisition offer
James Johnson / The Blog Herald: Groupon Says No Thanks To High Priced Google Buyout
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Confirmed: The Groupon/Google Deal Is Off
Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com: Groupon walks away from Google takeover talks - report
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Groupon Says Nyet to Google
Nicholas Carlson / SAI: Here's Why Groupon Should Do The Unthinkable And Turn Down Google's $6 Billion
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
This is the Google Chrome OS netbook keyboard — It's just a Chrome OS sorta day, isn't it? To catch you up here, we told you earlier that Google is planning to announce its own Chrome OS netbook this coming Tuesday, and well, now we're peering at a supposed picture of that very machine's keyboard.
Discussion: Fortune, Go Rumors, The Next Web, Electronista and Erictric
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Google's ChromeOS kills Caps Lock for Search
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors: Google Chrome OS Keyboard To Feature Dedicated Search Button
Adam Mills / The Next Web: Is this a photo of the new Chrome OS netbook keyboard? It has a SEARCH key.
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Rumor Alert: First Google Chrome OS-Powered Netbook to Debut on December 7
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Sources: Google-branded Chrome OS netbook to launch on December 7th
Sources: Google-branded Chrome OS netbook to launch on December 7th
Discussion: Digital Trends, PC World, VentureBeat, Laptops and Desktops Blog, TG Daily, SlashGear, Startup Meme, GottaBeMobile, Newlaunches.com, Softpedia News, eWeek, MobileBurn.com, Epicenter, Liliputing, Gadgetell, Webmonkey, WebProNews, Fortune, Download Squad, iClarified, internetnews.com, Electronista, Pulse2, TechSpot, Erictric, Gizmodo, SAI, TechCrunch, WinRumors, The Next Web and MediaMemo
Frank Kobola / Digital Trends: Google hosting Chrome Event December 7, likely unveiling Chrome OS netbook
Woody Leonhard / PC World: Google Chrome: Meet the Contender
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: Google's Chrome OS netbook coming Dec. 7th
Sardar Mohkim Khan / Startup Meme: Google Chrome OS Coming On December 7, Hold Steady Windows!
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile: Google Chrome OS Netbook Launching Tuesday?
Clint Boulton / eWeek: Google Chrome OS Netbook Set for Dec. 7 Unveiling
Michael Oryl / MobileBurn.com: Google possibly launching Chrome OS netbook on Tuesday
Michael Calore / Epicenter: Chrome Store Possibly Launching Dec. 7
Robert Nelson / Gadgetell: Google: Chrome event scheduled for December 7th
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey: Chrome 8 Offers Built-in PDF Tools, Security Fixes
Chris Crum / WebProNews: Google Cloud Picker Feature Discovered Prematurely
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: December 7: ChromeOS (Beta) launch day?
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Google to hold Chrome event - and demo! - December 7th
Quin Street Corporation / internetnews.com: Google Chrome 8 Stable Addresses 800 Flaws
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: Google Chrome Netbook Launching On December 7 [RUMOR]
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: Rumor: Google-branded Chrome OS netbook on December 7
Bertrand Vasquez / Erictric: Confirmed: Google to Hold Chrome Event on December 7
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo: Google Introducing Chrome OS Netbook Next Week? UPDATED
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Google's Chrome App Store is going to debut next Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch: Google Begins Emailing Extension Developers To Get Ready For Chrome Web Store
Adam Mills / The Next Web: Google Confirms Chrome Event For December 7th
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: Finally! Google's Chrome App Store Coming Next Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Director Of Monetization Tim Kendall Steps Down — Tim Kendall, Facebook's Director of Monetization, has left the company. This is particularly noteworthy because Kendall first joined Facebook nearly five years ago, in June 2006. He architected all of the company's early monetization strategies …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
PlayStation Phone ‘Zeus Z1’ caught on video again, this time you can actually see it (update) — Wow guys, we just spotted a new video of the PlayStation Phone, codenamed Zeus Z1, and this time we get a long, loving look at the entire device — a refreshing contrast to last time's blurry tease.
Discussion: The Escapist, Androinica, BGR, IntoMobile, Kotaku, The Next Web, MobileCrunch, VG247, Zatz Not Funny!, Startup Meme, Destructoid, Android Police, Eurodroid, TiPb, PhoneArena, Fortune, AppleInsider, MacStories, SlashPhone, Mashable!, Electronista, LaptopMemo, Phones Review, Go Rumors, Joystiq, Mobilized, Digital Trends, techeblog.com and Gizmodo
Tom Goldman / The Escapist: PlayStation Phone Video Emerges on YouTube
Michael Heller / Androinica: Clear New Video of PSP Phone
Zach Epstein / BGR: New PlayStation Phone videos show PlayStation app
Kelly Hodgkins / IntoMobile: PlayStation Phone spotted with Android 2.3 Gingerbread [Video]
Matt Brian / The Next Web: Playstation Phone emerges on video again, this time with more Playstation
Devin Coldewey / MobileCrunch: Playstation Phone “Zeus” In Legit Hands-On Video
Nathan Grayson / VG247: Rumor: More PlayStation Phone videos leak out, bare all
Sardar Mohkim Khan / Startup Meme: The Sony PlayStation Phone “Zeus Z1″ On Android Gingerbread Hands On [Video]
Samit Sarkar / Destructoid: More evidence of PlayStation Phone in video form (Update)
Jaroslav Stekl / Android Police: Test Pictures Taken By Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone Show Up On Picasa
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: PlayStation Phone... is an Android app?!
Seth Weintraub / Fortune: Here's the Sony Playstation Android Phone
Cody Fink / MacStories: Marcus, Step Yo Lame Castle Up
Effie Tjhai / SlashPhone: Zeus PlayStation Phone Hands-On Video
Ben Parr / Mashable!: The PlayStation Phone in Action [VIDEOS]
Stefan Etienne / LaptopMemo: PlayStation Phone: This Is As Real As It Gets
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors: New PlayStation Phone Video Demo Out
Randy Nelson / Joystiq: PlayStation Phone reportedly caught on (very clear) video
Ina Fried / Mobilized: Oops, Was That a PlayStation Phone I Dropped?
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo: PlayStation Phone Caught On Video
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RadioShack takes $50 off Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS — RadioShack announced a limited-time promotion on Friday that offers a $50 discount on Apple's iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS. The promotion applies to brand new devices — not refurbished phones — and there are no tricky terms and conditions to be afraid of.
Discussion: AppleInsider, App Advice, L.A. Times Tech Blog, SlashPhone, Go Rumors, everythingiCafe, Phones Review, Electronista, GigaOM, 9 to 5 Mac, iLounge, Apple Gazette and iClarified
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog: RadioShack offering $50 off iPhone 4; $125 off with trade-in of 3GS
Effie Tjhai / SlashPhone: iPhone 4G and 3GS Get $50 Off By RadioShack
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors: Buy iPhone 4/3GS From Radio Shack On $50 Discount
Tim Barribeau / everythingiCafe: RadioShack to Knock $50 Of iPhones
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Save Up to $175 on iPhone at RadioShack
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac: iPhones $50 off at Radio Shack through December 11
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Radio Shack to offer $50 iPhone discount Dec 4-11?
Tanner Godarzi / Apple Gazette: $50 Off iPhones At Radio Shack
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Skype Staffing Up For A Big Push To The Cloud — As Skype prepares for an IPO in the next year, the VoIP company has been looking for new ways to expand its business both in terms of revenue and product development. One avenue the company is exploring to bring in more revenue …
Discussion: BGR and VoIP Watch
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR: Skype gearing up for a huge cloud-based offering?
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch: Skype's Hiring for Cloud/Voice/Video/Presence
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
PayPal Cuts WikiLeaks' Access to Funds Amid Global Scrutiny — Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — PayPal Inc., the payment processor owned by EBay Inc., cut access today to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.org for violating its acceptable use policy. — PayPal suspended the account after the U.S …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, SAI, Mashable!, The Next Web, Go Rumors, The PayPal Blog and Guardian
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb: PayPal Announces It Will No Longer Handle Wikileaks Donations
Tris Hussey / The Next Web: PayPal Cuts Off WikiLeaks' Cash Flow
Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors: Wikileaks Funding Squeezed - Paypal Blocks Wikileaks' Access
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Half of US population to use smartphones by end of 2011 … via comScore Reports October 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share - comScore, Inc. — Separately, Nielsen reports on the same market: … via U.S. Smartphone Battle Heats Up: Which is the “Most Desired” Operating System? Nielsen Wire.
Discussion: comScore, Inc., Android Phones, Tips …, MobileBurn.com, Fortune, TechSpot and WebProNews
The Droid Guy / Android Phones, Tips …: 1 in 3 Phones in US Will Be either Android or iPhone by end of 2011
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Asymco: Half of the U.S. will use smartphones by the end of 2011
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: Android to pass iOS before iOS catches up to BlackBerry
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: Android Comes Up On iOS In October
Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
The strange, unpredictable pricing of 3G data plans — You'd think a megabyte would cost the same no matter what device used it. You'd be wrong — Cellular carriers inhabit a Twilight Zone universe. For example, they offer “unlimited” data plans that are, in fact, limited and subject to …
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile: The Curious Pricing of 3G Data Plans