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According to multiple reports, Groupon has walked away from a rumored $6-billion acquisition offer from Google, and is choosing to go it alone, and possibly file for an initial public offering. The two-year-old company is said to have annual revenues of close to $2 billion. Read more »

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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone caused a stir when he mused during an interview about the company helping to create a “Twitter News Service” for major news organizations. But the reality is that Twitter is already a distributed news network — it just needs better filters. Read more »


Thanks to email and instant messaging and smartphones and iPads, virtually any time is work time — and that includes family-oriented holidays like Thanksgiving, according to a recent survey. Almost 60 percent of people said they checked their work mail while they were on holiday. Read more »

Rupert Murdoch

Billionaire Rupert Murdoch has spent the past few years misunderstanding how the Internet works, railing against its most powerful features and failing to take advantage of its potential. The News Corp. founder’s new “iPad newspaper” idea sounds like yet another example of this unfortunate tendency. Read more »


Quora founder Charlie Cheever doesn’t really like the word “community” that much. But whatever he chooses to call it, building one is at the core of what he is trying to do with the startup, along with his co-founder and fellow Facebook alumnus Adam D’Angelo. Read more »

Robin Sloan, Twitter, at NTVL 2010

Although television has become more fragmented thanks to the web, millions of people still tune in for certain shows. The real-time conversation that Twitter allows makes it a perfect companion for those events, staffer Robin Sloan told attendees at GigaOM’s NewTeeVee Live conference this morning. Read more »

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