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December 5, 2012, 4:00 AM

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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 …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Gmail 2.0 is a promising but ultimately flawed option for iOS users  —  Almost, but not quite the Gmail app we've been waiting for  —  When Google first launched its first dedicated Gmail app for iOS last year, it was a buggy embarrassment that lacked many of the key features found …
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 …
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.
More: 9to5Mac
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Facebook to replace Infosys as part of the NASDAQ 100 Index on December 12th  —  Facebook will replace Infosys as part of the NASDAQ 100, the basket of companies that determine the movement of the NASDAQ index.  —  The move is affirmation of Facebook's status in the technology space …
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.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Obama signs Safe Web Act into law  —  President Obama signed into law on Tuesday a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Trade Commission's authority to clamp down on Internet fraud and online scammers based abroad.  —  Outgoing California Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack was the lead co-sponsor …
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.
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. …
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 …
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 …
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Border Agents' Power to Search Devices Is Facing Increasing Challenges in Court  —  The government has historically had broad power to search travelers and their property at the border.  But that prerogative is being challenged as more people travel with extensive personal and business information …
More: Guardian
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 …

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