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December 7, 2012, 1:20 PM

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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.
China Real Time Report:
Besides Scalpers, Few Turn Out for iPad Mini Launch in Beijing … The release of Apple Inc.'s iPad Mini on Friday at its flagship store in Beijing was missing the massive and unruly crowds reminiscent of some the company's previous product launches in China, but scalpers were still …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
For Netflix and the SEC, a Facebook Share Should Be Public Enough  —  Most people worry about over-sharing on Facebook.  Under-sharing?  Not so much.  —  Except, that is, for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is considering taking action against Netflix for a Facebook post made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
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 …
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 …
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader of Cisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company.  —  In an interview at Cisco headquarters this week …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Live Blog: Google's Vic Gundotra At SMX Social Media Marketing  —  Our SMX Social Media Marketing conference is winding down today and the final event on the agenda is a keynote conversation involving Vic Gundotra, the Senior VP of Engineering for Google+, and our own Editor-in-Chief, Danny Sullivan.
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 …
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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Galaxy S III ‘Premium Suite’ features detailed: Multi-Window, Page Buddy and more (video)  —  Samsung started pushing a new Jelly Bean update to its Galaxy S III phones yesterday, and it's posted a video breaking down some of the features.  Many of the “Premium Suite” upgrades are cribbed …
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 …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
U.S. judge names lead plaintiffs in Facebook litigation  —  (Reuters) - A group of investors including state pension funds in North Carolina and Arkansas will be the lead plaintiffs in securities lawsuits arising out of Facebook Inc's $16 billion initial public offering, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday.
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.
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.
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
AMD cuts chip orders to GlobalFoundries as PC market slumps  —  Advanced Micro Devices has cut orders to contract chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries, expecting a “choppy demand environment” in the next few quarters.  —  Advanced Micro Devices has cut orders to contract chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries …
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 …
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Graham Spencer / MacStories:
Mapping Apple's Retail Expansion  —  Apple opened its first retail stores on May 19, 2001 - one in Virginia and the other in California.  In the Steve Jobs biography, author Walter Isaacson wrote how Jobs had wanted Apple to have its own stores so that their iMacs didn't have to …

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