December 7, 2012, 8:30 PM

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
U.S. patent office declares ‘the Steve Jobs patent’ entirely invalid on non-final basis  —  For the second time in less than two months, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a first Office action tentatively declaring a key Apple multitouch patent invalid.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google to replace M&A chief, launch late-stage investment fund  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is replacing the head of its in-house mergers and acquisitions group with one of its top lawyers and is planning to create a new late-stage investment group that longtime and outgoing corporate …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Hires Away Google's Guido Van Rossum, The Father Of Python  —  The original open source software “Benevolent Dictator For Life” and author of Python, Guido van Rossum, is leaving Google to join Dropbox, the startup will announce later today.  Van Rossum was a software engineer at Google since 2005 …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Surges on Google Takeover Speculation: Chicago Mover  —  Groupon Inc. (GRPN) surged to the highest price in three weeks on speculation that Google Inc. (GOOG) might consider buying the online coupon provider.  —  The shares advanced 23 percent to $4.69 in New York, closing at the highest price since Oct. 19.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Power Within  —  Whether Apple's share-price plunge is justified comes down to one question: Is the iPhone maker a hardware or a software company?  Right now, it is more the latter.  And that is why the 22% drop in the shares since their September peak creates an opportunity for investors.
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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 …
More: TUAW and The Loop
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google SVP Vic Gundotra was told to stop tweeting after infamous ‘two turkeys’ taunt  —  Shortly after the launch of Google+ in June last year, Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra went silent on Twitter.  The logical assumption was that he was showing his faith in the nascent G+ product …
More: BGR and Marketing Land
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Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sells 946K shares for $26.2M gain  —  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg sold 946,588 Facebook shares across two separate transactions on Wednesday, according to a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Sandberg's sales netted her $26.2 million.
More: CNET
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 …
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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