Will Google Buy LivingSocial?; Courtroom Tweets; Michael Dell's $100 Million Christmas Gift: The Week in Social Buzz

The Ad Age/OneRiot Brand Buzz Chart, Dec.16-23

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In this week's charticle -- a collaboration between Advertising Age and real-time buzz tracker OneRiot -- some hardcore last-minute Christmas shopping: Dell founder Michael Dell bought $100 million worth of his company's stock (which is down 7% this year; he thinks it's undervalued). And Google, having been spurned by Groupon, is reportedly on the hunt for one or more Groupon rivals, including, possibly, LivingSocial and BuyWithMe.

Hulu employees and investors will have to wait for until at least 2011 to unwrap an IPO. But British journalists got an early Christmas gift in the form of a high-court ruling that allows tweets in courtrooms -- if it's done quietly.

The Story The Spin Key Source
1 Apple Apple Pulls WikiLeaks iPhone/iPad App :-| The Huffington Post: WikiLeaks App Removed From App Store
2 Hulu No Hulu IPO, For Now :-| Reuters: Hulu Freezes IPO Plan, Mulls More Pay Services
3 Twitter British Chief Justice OKs Courtroom Tweets :) The Telegraph: Twitter: Judge Approves Microblogging From Court
4 Dell Michael Dell's $100 Million Christmas Gift (to Himself) :-| WSJ: Michael Dell Buys $100 Million in Company Stock
5 Toyota Toyota Socked With $32 Million in NHTSA Fines :( Reuters via Yahoo News: Toyota to Pay Maximum $32 million Fine in U.S. Safety Probe
6 Sony Sony Launches 'Music Unlimited' Streaming Service in U.K., Ireland; U.S., Other Countries Set for 2011 :) PC World: Sony Launches Subscription Internet Music Service
7 Google Is Google Trying to Buy LivingSocial or BuyWithMe? :-| New York Post: Google Shopping for Groupon Wannabe

ABOUT THIS CHART: OneRiot has created a proprietary Trending Topic Engine that surfaces stories trending right now across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Digg. Advertising Age parses brand-related data collected by OneRiot over a one-week period, assigns a "spin" to each story based on the nature of the prevailing coverage, and selects a "key source" from among the news outlets whose links are being shared most widely on the social web. For more about the OneRiot advertising network, which helps brands and marketers reach an influential audience on the realtime social web, click here.

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