December 3, 2012, 8:40 AM

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What's Up With Whatsapp?  Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That's What  —  Whatsapp, the multiplatform mobile messaging app that has been one of the runaway success stories for ad-free, paid services, has been in talks to be acquired by Facebook, according to sources close to the matter.
Texting SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen 20 years on  —  In a world first, on 3 December 1992, an engineer sent the message “Merry Christmas” from a PC to a mobile device using Vodafone's UK network.  —  But the origins of the idea date back further to Matti Makkonen.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel to slash power consumption on Ivy Bridge chip  —  Chip giant plans to make Ivy Bridge more power efficient than the versions that are currently used in the MacBook Air and Windows 8 ultrabooks.  —  Intel is on a mission to cut the power consumption of its chips.  But that's not only future silicon.
Cade Metz / Wired:
How Amazon Followed Google Into the World of Secret Servers  —  Chris Pinkham was walking through a data center that would one day house Amazon's seminal cloud computing service — the Elastic Compute Cloud — when he came face to face with a cage of Google machines.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
New filing: Apple knew almost nothing about jury foreman in Samsung case  —  There have been many, many post-trial machinations following this summer's $1.05 billion patent infringement verdict in Apple v. Samsung.  But the most provocative is surely Samsung's theory that the jury pool …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute Gets Its First Outside Investment, $750K From The Omidyar Network To Top Up UK's $16M  —  The Open Data Institute, a UK-based incubator and promoter of open-data businesses that was first conceived by Tim Berners-Lee and artificial intelligence pioneer Nigel Shadbolt …
More: ZDNet and The Next Web
Vint Cerf / The Official Google Blog:
Keep the Internet free and open  —  Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together.  This wasn't merely philosophical; it was also practical.  —  Our protocols were designed …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
App Maker Uber Hits Regulatory Snarl  —  WASHINGTON — Summoning a taxi or car service with your smartphone feels like the future.  City governments around the world can agree on that.  But many of them are proposing new rules that would run Uber, one of the most prominent ride-requesting apps, off the road.
More: NYT BitsTweets: @agpublic, @brettgurewitz and @kzaleski
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Some new iMacs marked as being ‘Assembled in USA’  —  Apple may be taking some of the burden of assembling the new iMac off Chinese supply partners by performing parts of assembly in the U.S., as a number of newly-purchased standard units are showing an “Assembled in America” notation usually reserved for made-to-order machines.
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
A Free-Market Fix for the Copyright Racket  —  While most of the punditocracy was chattering earlier this month about Mitt Romney's “gifts” gaffe, another Republican took an unexpectedly bold stand about a huge and controversial special-interest handout that largely benefits Democratic constituencies.
Surur / WMPoweruser:
Microsoft claims 100% + increase in app downloads, developer revenue after WP8 debut  —  On Twitter Microsoft's Todd Brix, Senior Director, Windows Phone Apps Team, has announced that Windows Phone app downloads and developer revenue has more than doubled since the advent of Windows Phone 8 in November.
More: PhoneArena
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
As Retail E-Commerce Sees Three Billion Dollar-Plus Days In The Past Week, Online Holiday Sales Jump 15 Percent To $20.4B  —  We've been wowed by the record breaking Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending data, but it looks like consumers are continuing to spend online for holiday shopping. comScore …

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