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December 3, 2012, 5:40 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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
No, Facebook's Not Buying WhatsApp (But Keep an Eye on It)  —  WhatsApp hit the tech news circuit today because of a somewhat speculative article in TechCrunch asserting that Facebook has been sniffing around the mobile messaging company.  —  But the Facebook acquisition talks aren't happening, said multiple sources.
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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 …
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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Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel to slash power consumption on Ivy Bridge chip  —  Chip giant plans to make Ivy Bridge more power efficient than the versions that are currently used in the MacBook Air and Windows 8 ultrabooks.  —  Intel is on a mission to cut the power consumption of its chips.  But that's not only future silicon.
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 …
The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Gets Social with Facebook  —  Today, we're excited to announce that Firefox is getting social with Facebook Messenger for Firefox, which is built on a new Social API for the Web.  —  Firefox is the Web browser of choice for hundreds of millions of people worldwide and as social sites …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Have 7 Days Starting Now To Vote On Clarified Policy Changes And If They'll Keep Voting  —  Facebook has integrated feedback from regulators and users into a clarified set of site governance and privacy policy changes, and starting now users will have seven days to vote for or against them.
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.
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 …
More: PC Magazine and GigaOM
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.
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) …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Legacy iPhones Biting Apple in the ASP  —  The launch of Apple's iPhone 5 was unquestionably a successful one.  The company sold more than five million units during the device's first three days of availability, setting a new opening-weekend sales record.  Yet, by some metrics …
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 …
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.
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Autonomy's Founder Takes His Fight Against H.P. to the Web  —  Mike Lynch, the founder of the British software firm Autonomy, is not to walk away from his fight with Hewlett-Packard over the technology giant's claims of accounting fraud.  —  In fact, he apparently intends to keep the battle very public.

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