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December 4, 2012, 6:15 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 …
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.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney:
Netflix inks Disney deal, but no new films 'til 2016  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Netflix has inked a high-profile deal with Walt Disney Studios, but you won't see new releases in your streaming queue for another four years.  —  Starting with Disney's 2016 feature films …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
YouTube for iOS updated with iPad, iPhone 5 support, AirPlay and performance improvements  —  Google has today updated the YouTube app for iOS with support for the iPhone 5′s display, as well as the ability to stream videos over AirPlay to the Apple TV or other enabled devices more easily.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Alyson Raletz / Kansas City Business Journal:
Google considers but drops plans to include phone service, too … Google Inc. considered offering phone services with its ultra-fast Internet and TV packages in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., but the company took a pass once it started doing some digging into federal and state regulations, a Google executive said Monday.
More: TechCrunch and Engadget
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 …
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 …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Lifts Two-Per-Customer Order Limit on iPhone 5  —  In yet another sign that Apple's iPhone 5 stocks are returning to normal, Apple has lifted its limit of two iPhone 5's per customer.  The top boilerplate in this image is from last week when Apple began selling the GSM iPhone 5 unlocked in the U.S. …
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.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook to add design team to NYC office  —  Facebook today announced its plans to establish a design team in its New York City office, which currently has about 150 employees mostly focused on sales, advertising and engineering.  —  Designers, of which Facebook currently has about 90 …
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Play comes to Google Apps, letting enterprise customers distribute apps internally  —  Google on Tuesday announced it is extending the Google Play Store to its Google Apps customers.  The goal is simple: the company wants to allow its enterprise customers to internally distribute apps to their employees.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Knowledge Graph Expands To More Languages, Including Italian, French, Japanese And Russian  —  Google Fellow Ben Gomes just took the stage at LeWeb Paris and announced that Google's Knowledge Graph project is now available in a number of new languages, including Italian, French …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Urban Airship Acquires Tello, Maker Of PassTools For Apple's Passbook, Because Not All Brands Need Fully Featured Apps  —  A little over a year after Urban Airship's acquisition of location startup SimpleGeo, the company has moved to once again expand its feature set by acquiring venture-backed Tello in an all-stock deal.
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:

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