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December 7, 2012, 8:55 AM

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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.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Google Apps discontinues basic package, asks new customers to pony up $50 per user for premium  —  Looking towards Mountain View to provide a suite of digital tools for your new business?  Make sure to pen per-user costs into your ledger — Google Apps isn't free anymore.
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:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Facebook in Talks to Buy Microsoft's Atlas Ad Platform  —  According to sources close to the situation, Facebook is looking seriously at purchasing Microsoft's Atlas Solutions ad-serving platform.  —  Sources said the social networking giant has been conducting due diligence …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal:
Google Nearer to Selling Motorola Set-Top Line  —  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 for the last round of bids …
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.
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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.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Netflix CEO Gets A Warning From The SEC Over A Facebook Post  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings got a Wells notice from the SEC.  —  A Wells notice comes when the SEC is giving a company a heads-up that it's likely to bring some sort of action against it.  —  In this case, the Wells notice relates …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Intel prepping Atom bombs to drop on ARM microservers  —  Roadmap is top secret, dual-core ‘Centerton’ Atom looms  —  To hear Intel Fellow Matt Adiletta tell it, Chipzilla not only invented the term microserver but saw the trend towards wimpy computing coming way ahead of the all this fawning …
More: GigaOM
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
BlueStacks Hits 5M Installs, Rumored To Be Bringing 750K+ Android Apps To Windows RT Devices  —  It appears that BlueStacks isn't just a flash in the pan.  The Silicon Valley-based startup, which makes software that allows users to run their Android apps on Macs and PCs …
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.
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 …
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Richard O'Dwyer's two-year extradition ordeal ends in New York  —  TVShack founder avoids prosecution under copyright laws and says: 'It is a pity the UK government didn't try and resolve this'  —  A British student's two-year fight to avoid extradition to the US ended in less than five minutes on Thursday …
More: BBC and TorrentFreak
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Broadcom eyes entry into LTE chip market soon  —  (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp said on Thursday that entering the market for chips supporting the latest high-speed speed wireless services will be a priority for it in 2013.  —  Chief Executive Scott McGregor, on the webcast of an analyst meeting …

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