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December 3, 2012, 1:50 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Hackers Behind Tumblr Worm Say They Warned Tumblr of Vulnerability Weeks Ago  —  Tumblr has been flooded by a worm that's spamming thousands of user's feeds with an anti-Tumblr rant.  In an interview, a spokesman for the group that's apparently behind the hack claims they warned Tumblr weeks ago …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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) …
Sruthi Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
Sharp, Qualcomm to jointly develop LCD panels: Nikkei  —  (Reuters) - Sharp Corp and Qualcomm Inc reached a deal to jointly develop an energy-efficient LCD panel for smartphones using the Japanese company's display technology, the Nikkei reported.  —  Sharp will provide its indium-gallium …
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.
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) …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Cops to Congress: We need logs of Americans' text messages  —  State and local law enforcement want wireless providers to store detailed information about your SMS messages for at least two years — in case they're needed for future criminal investigations.  —  AT&T, Verizon Wireless …
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.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
AOL Eliminates CMO Position in Another Corporate Restructuring  —  PR Chief Caroline Campbell Also Slated to Leave Company  —  Jolie Hunt, AOL's CMO and head of communications, is leaving the company in a corporate restructuring less than five months after the company hired her.
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