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December 2, 2012, 7:50 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 …
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.
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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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.
More: 9to5Mac, CNET, Fortune and ExaminerTweets: @jyarow
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …

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