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December 4, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes Music Store Launches in 56 New Countries, Movies Arrive in Four  —  Earlier today, we noted that the iTunes Music Store had gone live in Russia and Turkey, but now that changes have propagated throughout iTunes and we've had time to collect reports, it now appears that Apple …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why ‘The Daily’ Failed  —  Jeff Sonderman, writing for Poynter: … #1 I agree with.  The Daily had no personality, no focus.  It wasn't tawdry enough to be a New York Post-style tabloid, and wasn't serious enough to compete with the New York Times.  #2 I completely disagree with.
Peter Ha / Gizmodo:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger for Android drops account requirement, taking on SMS and WhatsApp  —  The race to replace SMS is on  —  Facebook has entered the race to replace SMS in earnest today, announcing that its messenger app for Android will no longer require a Facebook account to sign up.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Mary Meeker's Latest Must-Read Presentation On The State Of The Web  —  Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker is doing a year-end presentation on the state of the web at Stanford tonight.  —  We have the slides of her presentation here.  —  As usual, it's a must read for anyone in the industry, or anyone with interest in technology.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of Steve Jobs to debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January  —  This coming January is likely to be the first time that anyone outside of a production facility will get a look at jOBS, the new biopic of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia selling Espoo headquarters to raise cash, but won't be moving out  —  Nokia is about to add roughly $220 million to its balance sheet through the sale of its central HQ building in Espoo, Finland.  The company will continue to operate within the premises as previously …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
Google Cranks Up Its Patent Engine  —  Google has been accelerating its patent production impressively in the last few years, even before it bought Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 billion.  —  That is one nugget in a new report from Thomson Reuters.  The report, “2012 Top 100 Global Innovators …
More: Washington PostTweets: @blachab
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak  —  (Reuters) - Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland's intelligence service, European national security sources said.
More: ZDNet and SecurityWeek
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Last.fm Founders' Next Track: Lumi, A Site That Uses Your Browsing History To Help You Discover Things On The Web  —  Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel, two of the co-founders of the music discovery and streaming site Last.fm, went into a kind of startup hibernation two years after selling their early-moving …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Nest's Tony Fadell Talks Thermostats, Apple, Kickstarter And Hardware Startups At LeWeb  —  At LeWeb Paris this morning, Nest Labs' Founder and CEO Tony Fadell took the stage with the Iliad Group's founder Xavier Niel to talk about his advanced thermostat and the Internet of Things.
More: CNET and memeburn
Jamie Yap / ZDNet:
Sharp gets $120M investment from Qualcomm  —  Summary: Both companies agree to jointly develop and commercialize display panel technology, after Qualcomm agrees to inject US$120 million equity investment into Sharp and become a minority stakeholder.  —  Jamie Yap
Jonathan Rudenberg:
SMS Vulnerability in Twitter, Facebook and Venmo  —  Twitter users with SMS enabled are vulnerable to an attack that allows anyone to post to their account.  The attacker only needs knowledge of the mobile number associated with a target's Twitter account.  Messages can then be sent to Twitter with the source number spoofed.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Their Own Films, Facebook and Wikipedia  —  Ever since Google announced that it would publish the DMCA requests it receives as part of their transparency report, the number of notices being sent have shot through the roof.  —  While the majority of the requests …
Graham Cluley / Naked Security:
How the Tumblr worm spread so quickly  —  Although Tumblr is now cleaning-up pages which were affected by today's worm, SophosLabs was able to briefly explore how the infection spread.  —  It appears that the worm took advantage of Tumblr's reblogging feature, meaning that anyone who was logged …
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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