YouTube Gives Users a New Homepage To Try Out

YouTube has been testing a new homepage, and is now letting users try it out if they’d like to do so. They’ve added a button on the current homepage that you can click on if you want to give it a shot. 

YouTube lists the following features of the new homepage:

Google’s Social Layer May Be a Toolbar

Update: A screenshot of what this toolbar might look like has appeared. Google of course says it is always testing features, and has nothing new to announce. 

AOL Reportedly Considering Break Up to Attract Yahoo Merger

AOL and Yahoo both have new focuses on churning out content. This is one reason why some industry analysts have suggested that the two companies would be a good fit for a merger. It’s made for interesting conversation, but there has never been any substantial evidence that the two companies would ever pursue such an endeavor. 

Groupon Responds to Acquisition Rumors

Update 4:  Groupon has reportedly rejected Google’s offer.

Update 3: Kara Swisher is now reporting that Google has offered $5.3 billion for Groupon, citing "sources close to the situation."

Google Reportedly Buying Plannr

Google is buying Plannr, according to unconfirmed reports. Plannr is a mobile social calendar app, or as it’s officially described, "Plannr is the up-to-the-minute, simple way to make plans with your friends."

More “Super Angel” Fun

Update 2: This story is getting more and more interesting. See these reactions from Ron Conway and McClure, as well as this post by Robert Scoble

Rumors Have Apple Acquiring Polar Rose

9to5Mac is pointing to a Norwegian Mac site called Mac1, which claims that Apple has bought all of the shares of Polar Rose, a facial recognition company based out of Sweden. The news is unconfirmed, at this point. 9to5Mac provides this Google Tranlsated excerpt:

Facebook: We’re Not Working on a Phone

Update: The following statement from Facebook was left in the comments:

Unconfirmed: Apple Acquires IMsense?

Numerous signs would seem to indicate that Apple has acquired a company called IMsense, which is known for  technology related to High Dynamic Range phototoraphy, a feature of the latest version of iOS Apple recently touted. Eric Slivka at MacRumors writes:

Confirmed: Google Buying Quiksee

Update: Quiksee has confirmed the acquisition. The company says on its blog:

We are delighted to announce that Quiksee has been acquired by Google! 

We’ve learned a lot from our previous work at Quiksee, and we look forward to bringing our  experience, creativity and insight to Google. Both Google and Quiksee share the same innovative  vision, and while we can’t share any future product plans, we look forward to the opportunity to  contribute and do great things together in the future.