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December 6, 2012, 6:25 PM

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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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
T-Mobile and Apple sign agreement to launch products in 2013  —  T-Mobile and Apple have entered an agreement and will be launching products beginning next year.  The announcement was posted —nearly as an afterthought, oddly enough — as part of a press release in which Deutsche Telekom spelled out its financial plans through 2015.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
T-Mobile finally gets aggressive: ‘You love your iPhone, but you hate AT&T’  —  2013's lineup boasts LTE, a merger with MetroPCS, new value plans, and a little thing called the iPhone  —  T-Mobile has just wrapped an analyst presentation that was full of more aggressive forecasts for the company …
More: AllThingsD and Examiner
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 …
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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.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Cloudera Closes Massive $65 Million Funding Round at $700 Million Valuation  —  Whenever you hear the phrase “big data” these days, and depending on whom you're talking to, the word Hadoop usually isn't far behind.  When companies and large organizations seek to tackle the biggest …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Amazon's Appstore is on fire: 500% more downloads this year  —  Even without a platform of its own, Amazon is doing just fine when it comes to mobile apps.  The company announced on Thursday that “[a]pp downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.”
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.
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?”
Moira Burke / Facebook:
How Families Interact on Facebook  —  Every day, people use Facebook to connect with a variety of people in their lives—close friends, colleagues and acquaintances.  Nowhere are these connections more important than among family members.  —  With the holidays approaching …
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Facebook hires its first head of travel, Lee McCabe  —  Wondering if your travel business is using Facebook effectively or if you are trying to run before you can walk?  Facebook recently hired Lee McCabe, its first head of travel, and he may be the go-to-guy for this kind of advice.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Amazon making Kindle Fire more accessible via voice, touch controls  —  Summary: Amazon is expanding support for two important accessibility features to its entire Kindle Fire series.  —  Rachel King  —  Amazon is making strides to make its entire Kindle Fire tablet series more accessible …
More: Amazon.com
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
As of February, you'll have two fewer characters to tweet with when you share a link on Twitter  —  As of February 20th, 2013, you're going to have two fewer characters to send a message on Twitter when you're sharing a link.  The t.co wrapper that Twitter is using to shorten web addresses …

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