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December 11, 2012, 6:10 PM

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Marissa Mayer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the New Yahoo! Mail  —  Email is the ultimate daily habit.  It's often the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing before going to bed.  Why?  Because it's one of the simplest and most basic forms of communication.  And since it's such an important part of our daily lives …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Yahoo releases new mail client for iOS, Android, Windows 8, and the web  —  Yahoo may not be the internet giant it once was, but millions of people still use its mail services — now, that experience has been upgraded with a new Yahoo Mail web client as well as new apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Fortune Exclusive: Larry Page on Google  —  The press-shy Google CEO talks about mobile computing, his tussles with Apple — and the future of search. … Fortune: When you're thinking about the next bet you're going to make, how do you pick?  —  Larry Page: That's something we've been thinking about a lot.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Increases Production and Expands Retail Distribution for Microsoft Surface With Windows RT  —  Makes Surface available at additional retailers, extends successful Microsoft holiday stores into new year.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to make Microsoft Surface available …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms Surfaces coming to non-Microsoft retail outlets  —  Summary: Microsoft is going to expand retail distribution for its Surface tablet/PC devices starting in mid-December, company officials are confirming.  —  As rumored last week, Microsoft is expanding distribution …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft balks at Apple's 30% fee, leaving SkyDrive and apps that integrate with it in the lurch on iOS  —  Microsoft and Apple are currently locked in something of a Cold War over the future of SkyDrive in the iOS App Store.  —  Sources close to Microsoft have detailed to TNW a difficult …
Chitika Insights:
Room for Growth: Microsoft Surface Only Generates 0.13% of All Tablet Web Traffic  —  Two of the biggest players in the computing space - Microsoft and Google - recently launched their most ambitious efforts yet in the tablet marketplace.  Microsoft's Surface was launched on October 26th …
Mayuresh Saoji / Google News Blog:
A better Google News experience on tablets  —  There's something special about reading news on your tablet.  Indeed, swiping through articles brings to mind the familiar feeling of flipping through a favorite magazine or newspaper.  Starting today, Google News feels even more natural and fluid on tablet devices.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
47% of consumers interested in Apple television, willing to pay 20% premium  —  A new survey has found consumers are extremely interested in the prospect of an Apple-branded television, and are willing to pay a 20 percent premium over existing TV prices for such a device.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Google Accidentally Transmits Self-Destruct Code to Army of Chrome Browsers  —  Google's Gmail service went down for about 20 minutes on Monday.  That was annoying, but not exactly unprecedented.  These sorts of outages happen all the time.  What was strange is that the Gmail outage coincided …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ballmer, Sinofsky and the struggle for the soul of Microsoft  —  Steven Sinofsky and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer celebrate the completion of Windows 7 at a Microsoft event in July 2009.  (Microsoft photo).  —  This was the rap on former Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky following …
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Politico:
FTC expected to settle Google patent case  —  After months of negotiations, federal regulators and Google could reach a deal as soon as this week over how the search company uses its acquired stock house of patents to target its competitors, according to sources close to the investigation.
David Faber / CNBC:
Sprint, Clearwire in Active Negotiations  —  Sprint and Clearwire are moving closer to a deal under which Sprint would acquire the roughly 49 percent of the company it doesn't already own, according to people close to the situation.  —  While a deal is not imminent, the two companies …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Netflix's ISP rankings confirm the expected: Google Fiber is ‘the most consistently fast ISP in America’  —  Like there was ever any doubt, right?  Netflix — which serves up over one billion hours of video streaming to some 30 million members per month — owes it to itself to keep track …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
WordPress 3.5 brings new photo flow, mobile-first default theme, and Retina support  —  WordPress.org on Tuesday announced WordPress 3.5, featuring a “completely re-imagined flow” for uploading photos and creating galleries.  You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it's just under 5MB in size).
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Fred Wilson hasn't done a 2012 deal  —  Why can't Fred Wilson find a new startup to back?  —  FORTUNE — Fred Wilson is the best-known venture capitalist east of San Hill Road, thanks to both his wildly-popular blog and early investments in such companies as Etsy, Foursquare, Twitter and Zynga (ZNGA).
Chris Rayner / Bing:
The Bing Social Sidebar Gets a New Look  —  At Bing, we realize that sometimes the most useful information doesn't come from ten blue links.  By bringing together knowledge from social networks with traditional web results, Bing is the only engine that saves you time allowing you to make decisions …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Prioritizing Growth Over Profits, One Kings Lane Raises $50 Million in Capital  —  One Kings Lane, which sells home decor at a steep discount online, just raised its most significant round of capital yet.  —  The $50 million round brings the company's total raised to date to $117 million.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
SkyDrive for Xbox 360 lands today plus 40+ apps before Spring 2013  —  SkyDrive arrives on Xbox 360 today, Microsoft has confirmed, focusing on multimedia sharing as the company teases a gush of more than forty new apps for the console in 2013.  While it's possible to browse all the files …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Rovio Grabs A Producer And Says It Will Finance The Upcoming Angry Birds Film Itself  —  A feature-length Angry Birds film is making baby steps forward.  —  The game's maker Rovio acknowledged that it will be producing and financing the film itself and that it picked up another producer in John Cohen …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Pushes Out Gifts to All U.S. Users (Complete With Holiday Booze)  —  Continuing the charge to ramp up its social gifting product well into the holiday season, Facebook on Tuesday announced the wide rollout of Gifts to Facebook users in the United States.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter switched from Photobucket to an in-house photo storage system called Blobstore in September  —  Today, Twitter has posted up an article on its engineering blog explaining how its in-house photo storage system called Blobstore works.  Twitter built the new storage product in-house …

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