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December 7, 2012, 4:35 AM

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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
T-Mobile CEO confirms the iPhone and the death of phone subsidies  —  T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere confirmed that the iPhone will be among the Apple products that T-Mobile sells next year, but he said that T-Mo will sell it in a far different way than other carriers.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google To Rein In Free Version Of Software  —  Google Inc. said it stopped offering its suite of Web-based software for businesses—known as Google Apps—free of charge to groups of 10 or fewer users, as it moves to generate revenue from previously free services.
Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Apple CEO on challenge of keeping company cutting edge  —  Steve Jobs' hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple's battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.
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Ronnie Polidoro / Rock Center with Brian Williams:
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Apple Hires Hacker Who Helped Save Windows From Security Hell  —  Apple has hired a noted computer security researcher who helped Microsoft lock down its Windows operating system.  —  Kristin Paget — formerly known as Chris Paget — now works on Apple's security team.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Series A crunch: By the numbers  —  If you thought the Series A crunch is bad now, you ain't seen nothing yet.  —  FORTUNE — A growing number of tech startups are having trouble graduating from seed or angel funding to traditional venture capital.  And it's only going to get worse.
Wall Street Journal:
Bids for Google's Motorola Set-Top Box Business Due Soon  —  Google Inc. is wrapping up an auction of Motorola's set-top box business, according to people involved in the deal, as it continues downsizing the hardware unit.  —  The Mountain View, Calif., company had set a deadline of Friday …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Facebook And Microsoft Are Working On A Deal, And It Could Change Everything About Advertising  —  Facebook and Microsoft are working on a deal that, if completed, would put Facebook one huge step closer to launching an ad network that could rival Google's in size, and change the way advertising is done online forever.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Post Plans a Paywall  —  The Washington Post, one of the last holdouts against the trend of charging readers for online access to newspaper articles, is likely to reverse that decision in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  While details are being finished …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BitTorrent and uTorrent mobile apps on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone pass 10 million downloads  —  On Thursday, BitTorrent announced an impressive milestone: 10,000,000 mobile downloads, and counting, for its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps.  This is impressive if you keep in mind …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
FCC to FAA: Allow ‘greater use’ of electronic devices during flights  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday pushed for wider in-flight use of electronic portable devices during airplane flights.  —  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Spotify debuts new Discovery engine, Collection, and Follow, which lets users follow friends and celebrities  —  At an event in New York City today, Spotify announced a new Discover section to help users find new music on the service.  Ek admitted that users say Spotify is great …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on: $249 for Windows Phone 8 (video)  —  Surprising a few of us, Nokia yesterday revealed a brand new Windows Phone 8 device, the 3.8-inch Lumia 620, in an explosion of colors.  As its naming convention goes, and at just $249, this is the cheapest device running Microsoft's newly christened mobile OS so far.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Pinterest Cuts Off Spammers (Hey Instagram, Hope You're Next)  —  Pinterest today is undertaking a cleansing of spammy and fake accounts.  It plans to delete them.  —  The site already has a spam reporting system for pins and comments.  It tries to take care of bad behavior …
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Judge May Trim Apple's $1 Billion Patent Verdict  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday appeared ready to reduce a $1.05 billion jury verdict Apple Inc. won over Samsung Electronics.  —  During a hearing in a San Jose federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told lawyers …
Foursquare Blog:
Manage a business?  Now you can add events like trivia nights, wine tastings, and book signings to Foursquare  —  Foursquare is great for helping customers discover things to do nearby.  Starting today, you can add events, like a trivia tournament or open mic night, to Foursquare listings you manage.
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
Special Report: Amazon's billion-dollar tax shield  —  (Reuters) - In 2005, Amazon rented a historic five-storey building in Luxembourg's Grund quarter, right at the bottom of a steep rock-walled valley below the old town.  —  By setting up in Luxembourg, and channelling sales through its units there …

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