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December 5, 2012, 8:20 AM

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Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple  —  As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant's peacemaker and explainer-in-chief.  —  Google's former CEO and current executive chairman met …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Unveils Latest Windows Phone 8 Device: Lumia 620 Packs 3.8 Inch ClearBlack Display, NFC, Costs $249 (Before Taxes)  —  Marko Ahtisaari, Executive VP of Design, Nokia, has unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 device: the Nokia Lumia 620.  The product design chief was speaking at the LeWeb conference taking place this week in Paris.
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
iTunes Gets an Upgrade Without Missing a Beat  —  Apple's iTunes is the world's most popular computer program for playing, managing and buying music, movies and TV shows.  The company estimates the number of copies in active use to be in the high hundreds of millions.
Travis Kalanick / Uber Blog:
DC Council Clears Path for Uber's Future  —  Uber Faithful -  —  Today is a *really* big day for Uber.  REALLY BIG.  One which will keep Uber rolling in the nation's capital for years to come, with the full support of city officials.  Today the DC Council unanimously passed a legislative framework for …
Neil McAllister / The Register:
Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers  —  Top app earners carve up $60m pie  —  Apple's App Store and the Google Play store each claim to offer over 700,000 apps to choose from, but only a tiny fraction of them bring in significant revenue for their developers, according to research from analyst firm Canalys.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Loren Brichter: Designs on the future of iOS apps  —  When is a word game for the iPhone not just entertainment but an experiment into the future of how mobile apps work?  When it's a game made by mobile developer and designer Loren Brichter.  —  At 28, he's already left quite a stamp on mobile interfaces …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung promotes son and heir closer to top job  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co pushed the anointed heir of the company Chairman closer to the top job on Wednesday as the it cemented a global lead in smartphones with a stock price that is close to record highs.
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
Google adds horizontal carousel for web based iPad searches about local places  —  Google updated its web experience for U.S. iPad users who search for local places, such as bars and restaurants, on Google Search.  The Mountain View-based company called the new feature a “horizontal carousel” …
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
PeopleBrowsr Claims “Twitter Changed Position On Eve Of Discovery” Over Federal Jurisdiction Request  —  Tonight, PeopleBrowsr, the company that filed a restraining order against Twitter to keep a hold of its firehose of data after Twitter decided to end the deal it had in place with them, came out to discuss the latest in its case.
More: Kred Blog
Charles Mead / Bloomberg:
Intel Raises $6 Billion in Bond Sale to Buy Back Stock  —  Intel Corp. (INTC) sold $6 billion of bonds in the largest dollar-denominated sale since Abbott Laboratories raised $14.7 billion on Nov. 5, Bloomberg data show.  —  The offering, which topped the company's previous record …
More: Reuters and 24/7 Wall St.Tweets: @pkedrosky
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Karma Launches Its $79 4G Mobile Hotspot And Pay-As-You-Go Data Plan That Reward Users For Sharing Their Bandwidth  —  The founders behind Karma (no, not that Karma) think that there's something fundamentally broken in the market for mobile providers.  And they're hardly alone.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Zite 2.0: A smarter, snappier personalized magazine for iOS  —  With its completely redesigned apps for iPhone and iPad, the CNN-owned Zite is aiming to make it easier than ever to find the news that matters to you.  —  A look at Zite 2.0, as seen on an iPad.

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