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December 10, 2012, 3:55 PM

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Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Democracy Is Dead  —  Democracy dies on Facebook in an hour.  The night before Thanksgiving, Facebook quietly announced that it wanted to end a process that's been in place since 2009, which allows users to vote on changes to the way the site's governed.
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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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Microsoft Leaks References to ‘Office Mobile for iPhone’, ‘Excel for iPad’ and ‘PowerPoint for iPad’  —  Building upon a series of reports about Microsoft's apparent efforts to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS, The Verge last month shared a few screenshots and noted that the suite …
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.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Motorola to exit South Korea in 2013, as Google restructuring claims another 500+ jobs  —  Motorola Mobility is to close down almost all of its operations in South Korea next year as its reorganization under the ownership of Google continues.  The phone maker will keep 10 percent of its local R&D staff …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
FTC: Most mobile apps for kids secretly collect and share information  —  A study from the Federal Trade Commission has found that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children including device IDs, phone numbers, locations, and other private information without their parents' knowledge or consent.
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 …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Nike to kick off a Nike+ startup accelerator in March 2013, powered by TechStars  —  Well, this is interesting: apparently TechStars delivers its acceleration programs out-of-the-shoebox these days.  —  TechStars has teamed up with sports footwear and apparel giant Nike to power …
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Detained John McAfee Sells Life Rights for Movie, TV  —  Montreal-based Impact Future Media says it has secured the exclusive IP rights to the embattled anti-virus pioneer, now wanted in Belize over the death of his neighbor.  —  TORONTO - U.S. anti-virus pioneer John McAfee …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In “Seismic Shift,” New COO De Castro Planning to Move Yahoo Ad Sales to Category Model (Backed Up by “Marissa Halo")  —  In what will be a major shift in how the Silicon Valley Internet giant sells online advertising, Yahoo's new COO Henrique De Castro has briefed employees on a plan to move …
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 …

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