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December 7, 2012, 8:20 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …

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