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12:00 PM ET, December 4, 2010

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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.
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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?
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.
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Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Sources: Google-branded Chrome OS netbook to launch on December 7th  —  The headline pretty much reveals the brunt of it, but indeed, it looks like next week Google is going to start talking about how its Chrome operating system is coming along.  Multiple sources have told us that Google …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Begins Emailing Extension Developers To Get Ready For Chrome Web Store
Discussion: SAI
Adam Mills / The Next Web:
Google Confirms Chrome Event For December 7th
Discussion: Engadget, Startup Meme and Gadgetell
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
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 …
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Guardian:
Julian Assange answers your questions
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.
Mario Queiroz / The Official Google Blog:
On demand is in demand: we've agreed to acquire Widevine  —  With rapidly improving broadband and wireless speeds, more powerful smartphones, and higher resolution screens on devices of all shapes and sizes, it's becoming easier than ever to watch video wherever you want, whenever you want.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Buys On Demand Video Service Widevine To Bolster Its Own TV Efforts
Discussion: Widevine Technologies
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.
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 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Shares Only Gain 1.2% Since Last Week  —  Ok, I flat out love these auctions that SecondMarket are holding for privately held Facebook shares.  Last week the first one closed, and $40 million of stock changed hands at $20.76 per share, valuing the company at roughly $50 billion.
 
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DealBook:
A Silicon Bubble Shows Signs Of Reinflating
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Time Warner Leads $6 Million Round For Media Check-In App Maker AdaptiveBlue
Discussion: Mashable!
Oliver Chiang / SelectStart:
Digg's New Notifications Feature Looks A Lot Like Facebook's
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Next Web
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Roku Readies Pay-Per-View System for Small Publishers
Discussion: GigaOM
John Ciancutti / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Why We Choose HTML5 for User Experiences on Devices
Discussion: IntoMobile and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
LimeWire Makes It Official: It's All Over
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
The creators of no-longer-with-us products explain what went wrong
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google News Dropping Sites, Reviewing Inclusion Standards
Discussion: Techie Buzz
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
IPhones account for 23% of business smart phones to BlackBerry's 51%, ComScore says
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Facebook's big move to Madison Avenue
Discussion: WebProNews and All Facebook
Terrence O'Brien / Switched:
Droid 2 Allegedly Explodes in Man's Ear
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:
Foursquare revokes mayor editing rights
Discussion: Pulse2
Caleb Cox / The Register:
Sony sells Playstation-packing TV
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Free London paper City AM says Christian May will return as EIC after four years away, and signs a deal to provide business and financial news to Reach titles

 
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