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December 4, 2012, 4:10 PM

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Matthew Izatt / Gmail Blog:
The Gmail app for iPhone and iPad: version 2.0  —  Six months ago, our team set out to completely rebuild the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad to give you you a faster, sleeker, and easier experience on iOS.  The result?  Version 2.0.  With version 2.0 of the app, you'll get a totally new look and feel …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Netflix scores US subscription service exclusive to Disney's first-run films in multi-year deal  —  Today, Walt Disney studios and Netflix entered into a multi-year agreement that makes the online video distributor the only US subscription service with licensing to show first-run live-action and animated films from the studio.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft opens its Socl social-search site to any and all testers  —  Summary: Microsoft is opening up its Socl social-networking research project.  There are still no public plans as to when, how and if Microsoft will take Socl commercial.  —  On December 4, Microsoft's FuSE team took …
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
US Patent & Trademark Office Grants Apple Registered Trademarks for “Retina” & “Game Center” Icon  —  On December 4, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple two Registered Trademarks.  The first trademark covers the word “Retina” representing Apple's brilliant Retina display …
More: CNET and Redmond Pie
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google I/O 2013 dates announced: starts May 15th, registration to open early next year  —  Hope your calendar's clear for next May.  Google has just announced the dates for I/O 2013, with the event kicking off on May 15th and concluding on May 17th.  After setting up shop in San Francisco this June …
Douglas Macmillan / Bloomberg:
No VC: Why Techmeme's Gabe Rivera Resists Investors  —  This is the fifth in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley.  —  Gabe Rivera often hears from Silicon Valley's elite …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Evernote Expands Its Premium Offerings: Evernote Business Now Live In 7 Countries With Sharing, More Data And A New Searching Algorithm  —  Evernote, the popular personal information and productivity app that last week announced another $85 million in financing and more than 45 million users …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Is Said to Reach Deal With China Mobile on Lumia 920  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK), the Finnish mobile-phone maker trying to win back customers of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone and devices using Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android, is set to unveil a version of its flagship smartphone for China's largest wireless carrier …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft-Intel Push to Rival Apple in Tablets Sputtering  —  A push by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Intel Corp. (INTC) to combat Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPad in the $63.2 billion tablet market is getting off to a slow start.  —  Of more than a dozen tablets Microsoft and Intel touted for the new version …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Soundcloud revamps site as users hit 180 million  —  The ‘YouTube of audio’ claims to now reach 8% of the world's internet population as mobile audio takes off  —  If the future of the internet is mobile, things are looking very good for Soundcloud, the Berlin-based sound-sharing site.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo Acquires Startup OnTheAir  —  Yahoo has acquired a startup called OnTheAir.  —  OnTheAir launched in March of this year.  —  It's been described in the past as a “Skype Meets Google+ Hangouts.”  —  A Mashable review of the product says this is how it works:
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple hiring ‘dozens’ of former Texas Instruments engineers to boost chip-making operations in Israel  —  Apple has been expanding its workforce in Israel over the past couple of weeks, tapping a pool of former Texas Instruments (TI) employees in the country to build up research and development centers …
More: CNET and Ubergizmo
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Google Ventures leads $10M investment in firm that measures mobile ads  —  As more consumers use smartphones to help them shop, advertisers are growing worried about how they will reach those customers.  Unlike web sites, which allow brands to target specific users, mobile phones …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
More music in your living room: Rhapsody debuts Xbox app  —  As promised, Seattle-based on-demand music service Rhapsody launched its Xbox Live app today.  The service is available for current Rhapsody subscribers and Xbox Live Gold members.  —  “Many families will be gathering around …
Jonathan Rudenberg:
SMS Vulnerability in Twitter, Facebook and Venmo  —  Update: Twitter has fixed the issue for users of short codes.  Users that use a “long code” should enable the PIN code in their account.  —  Twitter users with SMS enabled are vulnerable to an attack that allows anyone to post to their account.
Reuters:
U.S. fails to win early limit on Net controls at global gathering  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. and Canadian proposal to protect the Internet from new international regulation has failed to win prompt backing from other countries, setting up potentially tough negotiations to rewrite a telecom treaty.
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
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.

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