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December 4, 2012, 1:15 PM

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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 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
CA to app devs: get privacy policies or risk $2500-per-download fines  —  They had a month—and now it's over.  Any California mobile-app developers who don't have a privacy policy obviously available to consumers need to get one and fast.  If they don't, they could be facing potentially massive fines: up to $2,500 per app download.
More: The Verge
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
HP's Whitman affirms commitment to Autonomy, stresses that HP remains ‘quite profitable’  —  Whitman is trying to right HP's ship following the revelation about accounting improprieties  —  Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has once again affirmed the company's commitment …
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:
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.
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.
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.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Younity skips storage limits, making all your files available on all your devices  —  Despite all the cloud storage and syncing solutions out there, most consumers still struggle with accessing all of their files across multiple devices.  A big part of the problem is that the average user …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Android 4.1 reaches Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T  —  AT&T subscribers can now apply a heaping of Jelly Bean to their Galaxy S3 smartphones.  —  Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is now spilling out for AT&T customers with Samsung Galaxy S3 phones.  —  As of today, AT&T subscribers can update their phones using Samsung's Kies software.
Matthew Cleevely / The n Bells:
Apple - Think Twice.  —  Apple - Think DifferentTwice.  —  I'm writing this because I think Apple may have changed.  I have been a loyal customer for 11 years, but will think twice before every buying from them again.  I hope anyone reading this will do the same.

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