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December 10, 2012, 1:20 PM

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Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Dell founder ‘turned down Autonomy’  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Michael Dell has revealed that Autonomy was offered to him before it was bought by Hewlett-Packard, but that he rejected the British software firm because it was “overwhelmingly obvious” that it was overpriced.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Samsung hints it is announcing ‘something new’ at CES in January; could it be the Galaxy S4?  —  It's less than seven months since Samsung released the Galaxy S3, its flagship smartphone, in May, but already it appears that the Korean electronics giant is getting ready to unveil its sequel …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in < 6 hours  —  Welcome to Radeon City, population: 8.  It's one of five servers that make up a high-performance password-cracking cluster.  —  Jeremi Gosney  —  A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Australian Police Warn Against Use of Apple Maps Due to Safety Concerns  —  Police in Victoria, Australia issued a warning to motorists this weekend regarding Apple Maps after several travelers became stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park trying to reach the city of Mildura using Apple's directions.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Facebook data suggests Microsoft has sold 4.2 million Windows Phone handsets since October  —  It was big news when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told the world that Windows Phone devices were selling at four times their rate from 2011.  That, along with several other positive factors …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Gmail, other Google services go down for many, repeated Chrome crashes seen by signed-in users  —  Google's Gmail product is currently down for the count on the web, though the service itself appears to be up.  We've confirmed that the Gmail site is down for Apps and regular users of the mail service.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
BBM 7 leaves beta, brings WiFi voice calls into the mix (video)  —  RIM moves quickly: it was just a few weeks ago that BlackBerry Messenger 7 was in beta, and today we're seeing a finished version roll out to BlackBerry App World.  As we saw in mid-November, the revamp lets chatters switch …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Starbucks mobile vets get $10M for Cardfree mobile payments tool  —  Starbucks helped open a lot of eyes to the power of mobile payments and commerce with its Starbucks Card app, which has so far been the most successful mobile payments implementation.  Now, some of the key members of that team …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Five Years In And Profitable, Gilt Refocuses On New Leadership, An IPO In 2013 And More  —  Alexandra Wilkis Wilson walked into famed celebrity designer Zac Posen's showroom in November 2007 prepared to give the pitch of her life.  The Gilt co-founder was attempting to sell Posen and his team …
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Reuters:
Tech guru McAfee's legal appeals win him respite in Guatemala  —  (Reuters) - U.S. software pioneer John McAfee, facing deportation from Guatemala to Belize to answer questions over the death of a neighbor, has bought himself some time with legal appeals, the Guatemalan government said on Sunday.
Brad Reed / BGR:
Cold water for Google Fiber fans: Covering the whole country could cost $140 billion  —  Bad news for those of us who would love to see Google (GOOG) expand its fiber network out to the entire country: Doing so may be prohibitively expensive.  Business Insider points us to a new research note …

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