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December 5, 2012, 9:30 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Twitter Loses Ability to Properly Display Instagram Photos  —  Welcome to the Photo Wars.  —  Instagram on Wednesday disabled the ability for Twitter to properly display Instagram photos on its Web site and in its applications.  The move escalates tensions between the two companies …
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 …
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 …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
Your AT&T Bill Will Soon Be a Video  —  Deciphering wireless bills requires a degree of patience only slightly lower than interpreting the Constitution, so we're very happy to see AT&T making theirs a lot more human-friendly.  Starting today, AT&T is explaining your monthly costs with a simple video.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Offers Restricted Access To Content For Kids From Disney, Nickelodeon, DC Comics, And More  —  Amazon today launched FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service that offers movies, games, and books for the kids.  The launch follows the recent software update to Kindle Fire …
Craig Lloyd / SlashGear:
Verizon to start targeted advertising this week, will be optional  —  If you're a customer of Verizon's, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for an email, text message, or notification mentioning the carrier's new “Verizon Selects” program.  In exchange for sharing your data usage …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Nokia announces the Lumia 920T with China Mobile, available for $739 before end of 2012  —  Nokia has announced that its Lumia 920T smartphone is coming to China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, and it will launch before the end of the year for 4599 RMB ($739 - off contract) with a choice of black, white, yellow and red.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Philips, LG Electronics, 4 others fined $1.92 billion for EU cartel  —  (Reuters) - Philips, LG Electronics, Samsung SDI and three other firms were fined a record 1.47 billion euros ($1.92 billion) by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for fixing prices of TV cathode-ray tubes in two cartels lasting nearly a decade.
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” …
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.
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 …
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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
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.

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