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December 1, 2012, 12:30 AM

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Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
Google snaps up Waterloo startup BufferBox  —  BufferBox Inc. is moving on up to Google Inc. Quite literally.  —  That's because home base for the team behind the Waterloo, Ont.-based startup — which includes founders Mike McCauley, Aditya Bali and Jay Shah — is currently the VeloCity Garage inside …
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Could It Happen In Your Country?  —  How hard is it to disconnect a country from the Internet, really?  —  That's the number one question we've received about our analysis of the Egyptian and Syrian Internet blackouts, and it's a reasonable question.  If the Internet is so famously resilient …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
David Pierce / The Verge:
Apple iMac and Mac mini review (late 2012)  —  From its smallest desktop to its largest, Apple's computers get a 2012 refresh  —  As soon as it was unveiled on stage in October, I started looking forward to getting the new iMac in for review.  See, my main machine is a 13-inch MacBook Air, which I mostly love.
Mike Hibberd / Telecoms.com:
Apple vetting operators on LTE network performance  —  Apple is vetting networks before allowing operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device  —  Apple is not allowing mobile operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device unless they pass the Californian vendor's own …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces variable cost iTunes Gift Cards to third party retailers for the holidays  —  Rolling out to your favorite supermarket or retail store this holiday season are new Apple iTunes gift cards that can be bought in any denomination between $15 and $500.
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
A Warning for Airbnb Hosts, Who May Be Breaking the Law  —  Back in September, Nigel Warren rented out his bedroom in the apartment where he lives for $100 a night on Airbnb, the fast-growing Web site for short-term home and apartment stays.  His roommate was cool with it …
More: PandoDailyTweets: @bjbernstein and @gregsiegal
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Instagram's Mike Krieger on apps: are you getting the design right or do you have the right design?  —  App and mobile design has come a long way in the past few years, with many popular services shifting their focus more towards to improving the way their apps look.
More: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fab Has Its First Million-Dollar Day; Sold More Than $6.5M Worth Of Products This Past Week  —  Design-focused e-commerce site Fab released a number of data this morning, and it's impressive to say the least.  Fab has sold more than $6.5 million worth of product this past week, up from $1.7 million during the same period last year.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook launches Photo Sync automatic picture uploading feature for Android and iOS  —  Facebook on Friday announced it is rolling out photo sync, a feature that makes it easier to share photos from your phone.  If you turn it on, up to 2GB of photos from your phone can be synced automatically …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Productivity App Evernote Gets Another $85M, ~$64M In Secondary Financing, Led By London's AGC Equity  —  Evernote, the personal data and productivity app that now has over 45 million users, is today announcing it has raised another $85 million, with 75% of that, $63.75 million, in the form of a secondary investment.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Ouya dev consoles shipping to backers on December 28th, SDK available same day  —  Developer kits for the Ouya were given a ship date of December 28th today, alongside news that the system's software development kit ("ODK") will be available that same day.  In case it wasn't already clear …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
BitTorrent's Plan for 2013?  Go Legit  —  BitTorrent, the start-up behind the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing system of the same name, has an unusual resolution for 2013: to align itself with the entertainment industry and legally distribute movies, music and books online.

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