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December 4, 2012, 8:10 AM

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Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Europe v Facebook Privacy Campaign Group Is Preparing To “Fight” Facebook In Ireland, Sets Up Crowdfunding Platform To Fund Legal Fight Against Irish DPA (Updated)  —  As Facebook polls its users on site governance and privacy policy - a poll that looks very likely to result …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
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 …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
Apple's ITunes Would Be One of World's Biggest Media Companies  —  Photograph by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images  —  Apple has more than 435 million iTunes accounts stored in the company's database, according to Talal Khan, an analyst.  —  Google, Facebook and even Yahoo have been hailed …
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.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Facebook ‘Sponsored Stories’ settlement wins judge's approval  —  A federal judge gave preliminary approval Monday to a negotiated settlement of a class-action lawsuit over Facebook's use of its members' names and photos in online advertising, while a public interest lawyer vowed …
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.
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.
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 …
Tweets: @brooke
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple, Microsoft, HP, Samsung and others sued by Washington Research Foundation over WLAN patents  —  Apple, Microsoft, HP, Samsung, D-Link, Parrot and Logitech have been included in a patent lawsuit by non-profit research institution — the Washington Research Foundation (WRF) …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
OneSpot raises $1.5 million to redefine Web banner advertising using rich-media and social  —  The world of advertising is constantly searching for new ways to reach consumers.  One of the well-used mediums has been banner advertising — you know, those things that pop up every once in a while that people often ignore?
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
SEC Filing: Ray Ozzie's Startup Talko Raises $4 Million To Develop Cloud-Based Mobile Backend Services  —  According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Ray Ozzie's startup, Talko, has raised $4 million to fund the development of its mobile communications apps and services.
Diksha Madhok / Reuters:
India sets up seaside ‘village’ to nurture start-ups  —  (Reuters) - Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Indian information technology giant Infosys, stares out from a wall-to-wall poster in a modern office building near Kochi.  —  A caption reads: “We started Infosys in a room about this size; it's your turn now.”

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