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December 3, 2012, 12:35 PM

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp. Shutters The Daily iPad App  —  The Daily, News Corp.'s attempt to create a newspaper for the iPad era, is shutting down after less than two years.  —  The media giant, which also owns this Web site, said it will “cease standalone publication” of the app on Dec. 15.
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.
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 …
BBC:
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.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Instagram vulnerability on iPhone allows for account takeover  —  A security researcher has found a vulnerability in Instagram involving how it handles cookies  —  A security researcher published on Friday another attack on Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing service that could allow a hacker to seize control of a victim's account.
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Same-Day Delivery Becomes a Costly Web Battleground  —  SAN FRANCISCO—To gain a competitive edge in online sales this holiday season, companies including eBay Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are turning to a new weapon: people like Jaclyn Widtfeldt.  —  On a recent Tuesday just before 7 p.m. …
More: The Verge and Wired
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: PhoneArenaTweets: @toddbrix
Dylan Love / Business Insider:
Some Tumblr Blogs Have Been Hacked  —  UPDATE: According to a tweet by Mashable reporter Alex Fitzpatrick, Tumblr is operational again.  —  PREVIOUSLY: Tumblr has been hacked.  —  Check out the Daily Dot's Tumblr page to see what's going on, but be careful - if you visit a hacked page …
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
On the Facebook Menu at Zuckerberg's Recent Dinner With Game Developers: Sushi and a Sliding Pay Scale  —  As mobile gaming gets hotter, Facebook is trying hard to keep more game developers, beyond Zynga, interested in its platform.  —  Last week, Facebook let its longtime dominant gaming partner Zynga …
More: WebProNews
Phil Muncaster / The Register:
Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China  —  Shanghai retailer apologises after reaching settlement  —  Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple announces iPhone 5 hitting South Korea on Dec. 7, 50 additional markets across December  —  Following its Chinese iPad announcements last week, Apple has announced that it will launch the iPhone 5 in South Korea on Friday, December 7, releasing the smartphone in more than 50 additional countries across December.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions  —  I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago.  The entire talk is online (in two parts) here.  If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation …
Tweets: @dhh
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Alibaba reaches 1 trillion RMB ($157B) in sales to become biggest e-commerce company in the world  —  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sold one trillion RMB worth of goods in 2012, the company announced today.  That's $157 billion U.S. in gross merchandise volume (GMV) …
More: ZDNet and Tech in Asia
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mobile Drives Adoption Of Social Media In 2012: Apps & Mobile Web Account For Majority Of Growth; Nearly Half Of Social Media Users Access Sites On Smartphones  —  Research firm Nielsen and NM Incite, a joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey, today published a comprehensive look at the state of the social media ecosystem in 2012.
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: The Next Web and ZDNet

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