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December 8, 2012, 1:40 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple Joins Google in $500 Million-Plus Bid for Kodak Patents  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) have joined forces to offer more than $500 million to buy Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ)'s patents out of bankruptcy, said two people with knowledge of the situation.
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
A Tax Hike That Scares Away the Technorati?  Fat Chance  —  Earlier this week, tech entrepreneur Ethan Anderson compared a recently passed, temporary tax measure, Proposition 30, to expropriation and suggested it could “dampen enthusiasm for starting new business in California specifically.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Android's Google Now services headed for Chrome, too  —  The all-purpose alert system isn't just for Android.  Google Now is being built into Chrome as well, taking advantage of its notifications system.  —  It looks like Chrome users, not just Android users, will get access to Google Now …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Nook Simple Touch drops to $79 starting tomorrow  —  Barnes & Noble offered its Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $79 during last year's Black Friday sale, and now it's making the discount permanent.  The device launched back in June 2011, and the company has since launched a newer model …
Bloomberg:
Apple CEO's Pledge to Make Macs in the U.S. Seen Adding 200 Jobs  —  The pledge by Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to invest in making Mac computers in the U.S. will probably create about 200 jobs if he follows the pattern of companies such as Lenovo Group Ltd. and LG Chem Ltd.
Rob Fishman / BuzzFeed:
Google's Lost Social Network  —  How Google accidentally built a truly beloved social network, only to steamroll it with Google+ .  The sad, surprising story of Google Reader.  —  Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Another Apple touch-screen patent in trouble after second look  —  U.S. patent office rules that all 20 claims included in an Apple patent covering interaction with touch-screen devices — a patent used in a suit against Motorola — are invalid.  But the decision isn't final.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:

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