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December 6, 2012, 6:15 AM

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Reuters:
Guatemala detains software guru McAfee, to expel him to Belize  —  (Reuters) - Guatemalan police arrested U.S. software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Here's Apple's Settlement Pact with HTC (Well, the Parts We're Allowed to See)  —  When Apple and HTC settled their legal disputes in a surprise deal several weeks back, the two companies provided little in the way of details on the agreement.  —  Now, thanks to Apple's dispute with Samsung …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Apple loses $34.9 billion in market cap in its worst trading day in 4 years, but why?  —  Gene Munster has a target of $900 for Apple's stock, which is a touch awkward today as the company shed 6.43% of its value, to settle at a valuation of a mere $508 billion.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Lack of Distribution Is “Killing” Surface  —  If Microsoft is being coy about revealing Surface sales data, it may be for good reason.  Early demand for the company's first tablet is lousy.  How lousy?  Put it this way: If Microsoft really did manufacture three million to five million Surface tablets …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.N. summit votes to support Internet eavesdropping  —  Deep packet inspection standard adopted despite Germany's warning that it will “empower” censorship.  Other uses: detecting BitTorrent transfers and identifying “copyright protected audio content.”  —  A United Nations summit …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google Now takes on Passbook, adds QR code airport check-in and camera search  —  Google promised that it would continue improving predictive search assistant Google Now to make it more powerful, and today it looks like the company has looked to Apple for some inspiration.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
They Screwed Us.  Right Before They Screwed Us Again. #poohead  —  We just got screwed.  More on this below.  —  Nobody says “Web 2.0” anymore.  The term just didn't stand the test of time, long ago it became cliched.  —  But a handful of years ago it had real meaning to a lot of us.
Wall Street Journal:
The More Pandora Sells, the More It Loses  —  A tenth of a cent might not sound like a lot of money.  But Pandora Media Inc.'s 18% stock drop Wednesday is a sobering reminder that those fractions add up—especially when advertising sales don't keep pace.  —  Pandora's music royalty costs …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Time Spent In Mobile Apps Is Starting To Challenge Television, Flurry Says  —  Now that usage of mobile apps has overtaken browsing on the desktop web, it's starting to challenge television, Flurry says.  The San Francisco-based mobile analytics startup says that consumers are spending 127 minutes per …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Sophisticated botnet steals more than $47M by infecting PCs and phones  —  Behold—the Eurograbber, visualized.  —  Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock  —  A new version of the Zeus trojan—a longtime favorite of criminals conducting online financial fraud—has been used in attacks …
Kostas Tsioutsiouliklis / Twitter Blog:
See Trends for 100 more cities  —  Today, we're bringing Trends to 100 more cities around the world including Istanbul, Frankfurt, Guadalajara and Incheon.  With this update, we now surface the ‘most breaking’ news in more than 200 locations.  To view Trends for different locations, just click “Change” in the Trends section.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Updates OneBox Results Design To Match Mobile Interface  —  Google announced they have updated their OneBox results, also known as quick answer results, to match the mobile and tablet designs they released back in August.  The new results are cleaner, take up more space, but also are more interactive.
Deepak Dhingra / Engadget:
Casio's iPhone-friendly G-Shock finally out, will adorn wrists for $180  —  It seems Casio's G-Shock GB6900 hasn't been mindful of its own raison d'être, turning up much later than expected.  After making its first appearance way back in March 2011, rolling through FCC in July the same year …
Brian McClendon / Google LatLong:
Building a better map of Europe  —  More than a billion people use Google Maps each month to find their way around town and around the world.  To help these people get exactly the information they need, the Google Maps team works constantly to ensure that the geographic data behind our maps is comprehensive and accurate.
Josh Kopelman / Redeye VC:
Why First Round Capital funded a lawsuit  —  You can imagine the scene in the board room.  —  The CEO of our portfolio company, Techforward, is discussing a “make the company opportunity” — Best Buy wants us to to power their nation-wide buyback program.  And Best Buy is talking about launching it with a Super Bowl commercial!
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Rhapsody tries to steal thunder from Shazam with free SongMatch app  —  Music subscription service Rhapsody launched a free Android app dubbed SongMatch Wednesday that aims to compete with Shazam's music recognition app.  The app, which can be downloaded from Google Play …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
UK ISPs Unblock Pirate Bay's Artist Promos After Protests  —  Last week we reported on the launch of The Promo Bay, an artist promotion initiative supported by The Pirate Bay crew.  —  The website is entirely dedicated to promoting the work of independent musicians, filmmakers and other content creators.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Twitterrific 5 review: terrific new interface, some old flaws  —  Back in the summer of 2008, when I first joined Twitter, there weren't very many good Twitter apps around.  I had a Mac and an iPod touch, and I wanted a way to keep up with the few people I was following on those devices.

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