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December 1, 2010

Morning roundup: pick of the comment, December 01 2010

Our pick of the morning reading


Facebook sued for having privacy controls in place. Yes, seriously. (TechCrunch)
Last week Facebook was hit with yet another patent lawsuit, this time by Walker Digital, an "invention company" founded by Jay S. Walker, co-inventor of And boy does this one come straight out of left field.

Google goes coupon-clipping with Groupon (Financial Times)
I am struggling to believe in Groupon, which Google is reported to be considering buying for $5.3bn, making it the company’s largest acquisition. Despite Groupon having some social media trappings, and being profitable, it feels oddly old-fashioned, says John Gapper.

Why Google buying Groupon is a bad idea (Forrester)
Gapper is not the only person thinking the deal is a strange one. Here Sucharita Mulpuru outlines why she thinks the deal is "crazy".

Net neutrality rules: coming December 21 (Ars Technica)
Tis shortly after midnight in Washington, DC, and at least one person is stirring over at the Federal Communications Commission — the FCC’s Jen Howard. She’s just sent out the tentative agenda for the agency’s December 21 Open Commission meeting.

Apotheker signals post-Hurd atmosphere at HP by upping R&D (CBR Rolling Blog)
Recently signed HP CEO Leo Apotheker has told Wall St he plans to up research and development spend at the organisation. The move signposts a clear break from the Mark Hurd era, as the firm released strong end of year numbers last week, says Gary Flood.

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