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December 7, 2012, 10:55 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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 …

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