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December 6, 2012, 11:00 AM

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Ronnie Polidoro / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces plans to manufacture Mac computers in USA  —  In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC's “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year.
Josh Tyrangiel / Business Week:
Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks  —  Prior to his death on Oct. 5, 2011, Steve Jobs made sure that the elevation of Tim Cook—his longtime head of operations and trusted deputy—to Apple chief executive officer would be drama-free.  “He goes, ‘I never want you to ask what I would have done,’” recalls Cook.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Foxconn Plans American Expansion as Clients Seek Made in U.S.A.  —  Foxconn Technology Group, the major supplier to Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), seeks to expand its operations in North America as customers request more of their products be Made in U.S.A.
More: Engadget
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple, Samsung Back in Court  —  Companies Battle Over $1.05 Billion Damages From Patent Trial's August Verdict  —  Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. return to a Silicon Valley courtroom Thursday, as Samsung fights to get a federal judge to throw out or soften a $1.05 billion patent judgment against the Korean company.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
HTC agreed not to ‘clone’ Apple's products, but the pinch-to-zoom gesture is licensed  —  A few hours ago Samsung filed a less-redacted version of the Apple-HTC settlement and license agreement.  AllThingsD and CNET have published it.  Two weeks ago I reported on a much more heavily-redacted version …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Meet Google+ Communities: Google's answer to Facebook Groups aimed at helping you meet new people  —  Google has launched a new feature to its social network, Google+, that will aid in meeting new people.  It's called Google+ Communities and it's Google's attempt of competing against Facebook Groups.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
WordPress' Mullenweg: Users lose in Twitter-Instagram spat  —  It's a problem when Internet companies try to restrict users to their own turf, says the founder of a widely used online publishing software and service.  —  The turf battle between Instagram and Twitter shows the sites …
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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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Deep Dive With Google's Snapseed Team: Android App Launches, iOS Is Free And Instagram Should Watch Out  —  One of the things that we hear the most from pundits when Google acquires a company, much like it did Nik Software, makers of the gorgeous and dead-simple to use app Snapseed, is “What will they end up doing with them?”
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Apple's ranking in China smartphone market falls to No.6: IDC  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's rank in China's smartphone market, which is set to become the world's largest this year, fell to No.6 in the third quarter as it faced tough competition from Chinese brands, research firm IDC said on Thursday.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Lenovo exec: We didn't realize how big touch would be  —  Gerry Smith, Lenovo's recently named president of the North America region, tells CNET that the industry underestimated demand for touch on computers.  He also says Lenovo will eventually become the top PC vendor in the U.S., not just worldwide.
More: DailyTech and Neowin
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 …
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.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Senator Al Franken reintroduces privacy act requiring user consent for location sharing  —  Senator Al Franken (D-MN), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, plans to reintroduce legislation that would require companies to obtain express consent from users before collecting …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Inside the IPO pipeline: It's all B2B, all of the time  —  It's shaping up to be an average year for initial public offerings, with about 125 companies listing shares to date.  —  But who are the up-and-comers in the technology industry that could break out in 2013 and beyond, and how many of them are there?
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
‘Anonymous’ Hackers Convicted of Targeting PayPal, MasterCard  —  Four hackers from the online group “Anonymous” were convicted of conspiring to attack the websites of Visa Inc., PayPal Inc., MasterCard Inc. (MA) and others.  —  Christopher Weatherhead was found guilty today and three …
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 …
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 …
More: Softpedia News and CNET

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