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December 3, 2012, 6:55 AM

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TechCrunch:
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.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
YC W13 Will Be Smaller  —  We just finished interviews for the winter 2013 YC cycle.  We funded a lot fewer startups this time than last.  We funded 84 in summer 2012.  We don't know yet exactly how many we'll have in winter 2013 because we usually add a handful after interviews and sometimes …
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 …
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
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
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.
More: Dynamist
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.
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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Motorola Droid RAZR HD, Maxx HD to get Android 4.1 update as soon as next week  —  Verizon Wireless has announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for its Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Maxx HD smartphones will begin rolling out to users starting next week.
Kimber Streams / The Verge:
Mitsubishi seals the fate of rear-projection TVs, discontinues its last line  —  Mitsubishi has announced that it will be discontinuing its line of rear-projection televisions, marking the end of the affordable but clunky television technology.  The company bet it all on RPTVs last year …

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