DAILY FIVE (11/29)

29 November 2010

Hope everyone had a great holiday! We’re back with another edition of the Daily Five. Enjoy!

1. Today’s Big Rumor: Google Buys Groupon for $2.5 Billion, Mashable, Stan Schroeder

Google has bought Groupon for $2.5 billion, Vatornews reports citing a “reliable source” familiar with the situation. The acquisition – which is unconfirmed at this point – follows the rumors about Google being in talks to buy the popular local deals site, after Yahoo had failed to negotiate an acquisition for a $2 billion to $3 billion earlier this year.

2. George Bush to field questions on Facebook Live, CNET, Don Reisinger

If you want to ask President George W. Bush a question, you’ll have your chance. Starting at 2 p.m. PT today, the former U.S. leader will be talking about his new book, “Decision Points,” and fielding questions from Facebook users.

3. WikiLeaks Fallout: White House Orders Security Clampdown, InformationWeek, Paul McDougall

The Obama administration on Monday ordered all federal agencies that deal with sensitive information to review and enhance their internal security programs in an effort to staunch the flow of unauthorized documents to WikiLeaks and other rogue Web sites. Among other things, the administration is ordering agency heads to develop stricter criteria for determining which federal employees are given access to secured computer systems and networks that store classified data.

4. High Court to Hear Microsoft Appeal in Patent Case, Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider Microsoft Corp.’s challenge to a $290 million patent infringement judgment that barred the company from selling certain versions of its flagship Word software. The case, which will examine the proper legal standard for determining the validity of a patent, could have significant implications for all companies involved in patent litigation.

5. Bing Search Trends: The Year of the Kardashian, All Things Digital, John Murrell

It’s that time of year again when we are privy to a peek (disturbing as it may be) into society’s collective news appetite as reflected by the year’s search trends. Today, Microsoft’s Bing offered its insights. While last year’s top search queries included serious topics like the stock market, swine flu and Michael Jackson, this year’s Top 10 is almost all celebrity names. The single most popular search on Bing in 2010: Kim Kardashian, by a wide margin over No. 2, Sandra Bullock. The list from there: 3. Tiger Woods; 4. Lady Gaga; 5. Barack Obama; 6. Hairstyles; 7. Kate Gosselin (the sole repeater from last year); 8. Walmart; 9. Justin Bieber; and 10. Free.

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