December 2, 2012, 7:10 PM

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
R.I.P. Frothy Times, A Return To Normalcy  —  Whatever it is, it is palpable.  A sort of buzz in the Valley that all is not well, and a slight nervousness among entrepreneurs, investors and startup employees as they flit about their day-to-day.  We may not be in the middle …
Alexandra Chang / Wired:
Don't Blame Us for Windows 8′s Slow Sales, PC Makers Say  —  Microsoft is publicly touting its Windows 8 sales figures — 40 million licenses sold!  Windows 8 outpacing Windows 7 upgrades!  Windows Store apps double since launch! — but it isn't all sunshine and smiles in Redmond.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
King of Samsung: a chairman's reign of cunning and corruption  —  Lee Kun-hee made Samsung a global power over 25 years, but at what cost?  —  If Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee takes a moment this weekend to reflect on the past 25 years, he could be forgiven for having mixed emotions.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apps Like Rockmelt Ditch Social-Only Signup, Add Email So Privacy Buffs Can “Try Before You Pry”  —  Rockmelt's recently released iPad app only offered signup through Facebook and Twitter, leading 50 percent of users not to sign in at all.  So today it followed Pinterest and Spotify …
David Segal / New York Times:
John McAfee Plays Hide-and-Seek in Belize  —  DANIEL GUERRERO promised during his campaign for mayor here to clean up San Pedro, the only town on this island, a 20-minute puddle jump from the mainland.  But if he ever runs for re-election, don't expect him to mention that vow.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Makes A Huge Data Grab By Aggressively Promoting Photo Sync  —  Facebook was already taking in 300 million photos a day, and that rate is about to dramatically increase.  It's now ushering users onto its background uploads feature Photo Sync with a big banner at the top of its mobile apps' news feed.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
New World Order: is the UN about to take control of the internet?  —  Is there a war on for the web?  —  The future of the web will be decided in a dark room by UN politicians and authoritarian governments — at least according to Google and some other opponents of the International …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
In a blow to Android, judge says Moto patents can't get injunctions  —  Motorola can't use standard-based patents to enjoin Microsoft's Xbox.  —  flickr / Tsahi Levent-Levi  —  The Seattle federal judge who recently oversaw a two-week trial between Microsoft and Motorola …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group “Sysop” Jailed 40 months  —  September last year IMAGiNE stopped distributing new films via their private BitTorrent tracker UnleashTheNet.  As IMAGiNE was one of the Internet's leading BitTorrent release groups, their absence quickly led to rumors that the group had been busted by the feds.
More: The Verge and Wired
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
EBay's double tax base prompts calls for investigation  —  (Reuters) - Britain and Germany may have missed out on a combined $1 billion in sales tax since online marketplace eBay picked a tiny Luxembourg office as its base for EU sales, a shift that lawmakers say should now be investigated.

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