December 8, 2012, 2:55 PM

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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.
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Why Apple Got a ‘Made in U.S.A.’ Bug  —  Apple's decision to make some of its computers in the United States may be a positive for American jobs.  It is certainly a marker of where much of the global computer industry has gone.  —  Today, rising energy prices and a global market for computers …
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.
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.”
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple's upcoming iOS update to unlock full Bluetooth keyboard control for Apple TV  —  As we first discovered the iOS software code a year ago, Apple is finally ready to implement Bluetooth in its Apple TV products.  The latest Apple TV beta not only has a new Bluetooth menu …
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 …
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 …

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