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December 3, 2012, 3:25 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.
Peter Ha / Gizmodo:
What It Was Like Launching the Doomed iPad Magazine The Daily  —  I was the 19th employee hired by The Daily.  My first day as the tech editor was on November 1, 2010, and the plan was to launch the next month.  Needless to say, I was scared s**tless.  —  “You know you're going to go work for the devil, right?”
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.
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 …
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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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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
OMGPOP's Chief Revenue Officer Wilson Kriegel Becomes President, COO of Video Chat Startup Paltalk  —  Another one of Zynga's recent departures has landed.  —  Wilson Kriegel, who was OMGPOP's chief revenue officer until the Draw Something maker was acquired for $210 million in cash and retention …
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.
More: Digits and ZDNet
Casey Newton / CNET:
Eric Schmidt's book on the future to be released April 23  —  Alfred A. Knopf says it will print a first run of 150,000 copies for “The New Digital Age,” co-written with Google Ideas director Jared Cohen.  —  Eric Schmidt's treatise on the future will soon be hitting bookshelves.
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 …
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 …
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.
Tweets: @toddbrix
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Shutting Down the Mobile Video Service It Launched in 2005  —  Verizon Wireless is pushing the “off” button on the pioneering mobile video service once known as Vcast Video.  —  The service, which launched in 2005, will go dark on Dec. 15, although the carrier will continue …
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: Digits, Wired and The Verge
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.

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