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Daily Dispatch: Blekko launches safeshop vertical; Level 3 fight with Comcast threatens video streaming

Consumer Reports News: November 30, 2010 12:05 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Blekko Gets Into Product Search With New Holiday Shopping Vertical /Safeshop (TechCrunch)

...Blekko’s newly created search vertical, aptly called /safeshop, includes only human selected shopping sites and is designed to thwart spammers and malware distributors.

Google’s Groupon Offer: $5.3 Billion, With $700 Million Earnout (All Things Digital)

According to sources close to the situation, Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, in what would be its largest acquisition yet, if completed.

Level 3 takes spat with Comcast public (cnet)

..."By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content," Thomas Stortz, chief legal officer of Level 3, said in a statement.

Beginner Tip: How to create an iTunes allowance for your kids (TiPb)

Thinking about creating an iTunes allowance for your kids this holiday season? If they’ve got an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you may not want to give them unfettered access to your own iTunes account...

Flickr Hack Makes 3D Model of Any City in a Day (ReadWriteWeb)

...Using a sexy algorithm and the millions of photographs available from Flickr, the team can create a sophisticated three-dimensional model on a single personal computer in under a day.

Namesake [Explanation for naming of new Hotpot Google service](Google Places)

Hot pot, the dish, is about community. You and your friends huddle together and add ingredients to a pot of boiling broth, creating a delicious soup to be enjoyed by all. Sometimes you take your own food from the pot, and sometimes you taste what your friends have added. This shared experience of gathering around a fire to cook and eat communally is a fundamental illustration of how we’ve come together to enjoy food from the earliest days of humanity.

Molecular Biologist Highlights Serious Safety Concerns Over TSA Scanners (techdirt)

...the TSA and FDA are calculating that the dose is absorbed throughout the body. According the simulations performed by NIST, the relative absorption of the radiation is ~20-35-fold higher in the skin, breast, testes and thymus than the brain, or 7-12-fold higher than bone marrow.

Humans Can Only Walk In Circles and We Don't Know Why (GIZMODO)

...If you walk, drive or sail blindfolded, in the middle of the fog or at night, with no stars in sight, you will not be able to keep a straight line.

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