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December 2, 2012, 12:05 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Lessons from the Groupon disaster: Maybe international can wait  —  When people say “Go big or go home” they're rarely actually thinking they'll have to go home.  If they actually saw that as a real risk, they'd probably go at least slightly smaller.  —  I've long said that the growth of Groupon …
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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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Father Of Raided 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl Settles Case For 300 Euros  —  After being accused of illicit file-sharing earlier in the year a man from Finland was presented with an unsettling letter.  —  Anti-piracy group CIAPC (known locally as TTVK) said they'd tracked the man's Internet account …
More: BBC

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