December 9, 2012, 4:05 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's battle for consumers: it's time to drop the Windows name  —  In a mobile world, the brand is the biggest crutch  —  The Windows brand has served Microsoft well for over 25 years, but with increased competition from mobile operating systems and web services, it's time for the software maker to rethink its approach.
More: Windows 8 Beta, PhoneArena and NeowinTweets: @tomwarren
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
The Rise and Fall of Jeremy Hammond: Enemy of the State  —  As a devastating series of cyberattacks struck the heart of the national-security establishment, the Feds set out to destroy the legendary hacker and radical anarchist by any means necessary  —  On a cold day in mid-December 2011 …
More: The VergeTweets: @gambe_
Jason Grieves / The Windows Blog:
The secrets of the Windows Phone 8 keyboard  —  From the day Windows Phone 7 made its debut, we've gotten lots of kudos for its on-screen keyboard and intelligent suggestions and corrections.  Engadget called it “one of the best and most accurate virtual keyboards we've used on any platform.”
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Authoritarian regimes push for larger ITU role in DNS system  —  China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia want expanded ITU authority online.  —  Mr Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), UAE, speaking in meeting at Day 5, WCIT 2012  —  itupictures
More: ZDNet and FierceTelecom NewsTweets: @wcitleaks
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Kickfolio Brings iOS Applications To The Browser  —  Kickfolio, a 500 Startups-backed company bringing iOS app testing to the browser, is today opening up its service to all developers.  Similar in some respects to recent Facebook acquisition Pieceable or the Android-focused AppSurfer …
More: 9to5MacTweets: @luxelogic

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