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December 11, 2012, 7:15 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.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft Pressing Apple to Take a Smaller Cut on Sales Inside Office for iOS  —  Apple has indeed rejected — not merely delayed — an update to Microsoft's SkyDrive app for iOS following a disagreement over whether it is owed the 30 percent cut of in-app purchases it typically demands.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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).
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Apple, Samsung, RIM push Congress for more airwaves  —  A coalition of technology companies sent a letter to key lawmakers on Tuesday, calling for Congress to provide more airwaves for smartphones and tablet computers.  —  The letter was signed by Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Cisco, Ericsson …
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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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Grokr brings Google Now mobile search smarts to iOS  —  One of the coolest recent additions to Android has been Google Now, a quasi mind-reading app that pushes you relevant data based on your habits, location and other signals.  Now, iOS users are poised to get a similar app though it won't be coming from Google.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Intel intros Atom S1200 SoC for enterprise apps, data centers  —  Summary: Unveiling its latest technology for data centers, Intel talks up the potential benefits alongside execs from HP and Facebook.  —  Rachel King  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In one of its final announcements of the year …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Touch-enabled Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Windows 8 goes on sale from $1,399  —  Lenovo has announced a new (and previously leaked) touchscreen version of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook.  The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch is much the same as its predecessor, but comes with Windows 8 pre-loaded along …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's Find My iPhone app gets driving directions  —  Apple's tool for finding lost iOS devices and Macs now lets you hunt down your missing gadgets by car, with built-in driving directions.  —  Apple today made a slight new addition to its Find My iPhone software (iTunes) that gives owners driving directions right to a lost device.
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 …

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