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December 12, 2012, 4:55 AM

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Tests Designs for TV  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers in Asia to test several TV-set designs, people familiar with the situation said, suggesting the U.S. company is moving closer to expanding its offerings for the living room.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
WSJ reports Apple has tested TV designs — don't get too excited  —  In a saga that makes its lawsuit against Samsung seem like only a brief moment in time, the rumors of an Apple-built HDTV are going around again.  After CEO Tim Cook dropped a nugget about TV being an intense area of interest …
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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 …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
For Twitter, a lofty purpose as Pope Benedict XVI makes his first tweet  —  It may look as if Pope Benedict XVI's first tweet on the auspicious date of 12/12/12 will be a divine act.  But orchestrating the pontiff's debut on Twitter has been a far more earthbound effort, involving an elaborate behind-the-scenes production.
Sara Morrison / CJR:
The limits of Internet research  —  “Rule number one of the Web: You don't mess with The Oatmeal”  —  Internet research helped Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef unmask @ComfortablySmug, the Twitter account that earned ire for posting false information during Hurricane Sandy.  Stuef was praised for his work then.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Linux 3.7 arrives, ARM developers rejoice  —  Summary: The latest major Linux kernel release is here and it includes features that ARM developers and network administrators will love  —  Only months after the arrival of Linux 3.6, Linus Torvalds has released the next major Linux kernel update: 3.7.
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.
Reuters:
Compromise emerges in global talks on Internet oversight  —  (Reuters) - Hopes rose on Tuesday for a compromise agreement that would keep intrusive government regulation of the Internet from being enshrined in a global treaty.  —  As a 12-day conference of the International Telecommunication Union drew near …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Broadcom unveils a four-way radio chip to slash the costs of NFC  —  More than 1 million Android mobile devices are shipping each week with a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which allows you to tap your phone to another a device and transfer data instantly.
Josh Hudgins / Google Drive Blog:
Introducing the Save to Drive extension, plus enhancements to images  —  The new Save to Drive Chrome extension gives you a few new ways to capture content from anywhere on the web and store it neatly in Drive.  After you install the extension, you can click on the Drive extension icon to save:
Kevin Clark / Wall Street Journal:
San Francisco 49ers Raid Silicon Valley, Hiring Former Facebook, YouTube Talent  —  San Francisco 49ers Aim to Change the NFL by Poaching Talent From Tech; ‘Open Source’ Scouting?  —  San Francisco  —  The San Francisco 49ers have a long tradition of borrowing ideas from Silicon Valley.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Facebook is the best place to work; Steve Ballmer, Amazon enjoy better approval ratings  —  Mark Zuckerberg continues to keep his employees happy at Facebook.  —  The employees have spoken: Facebook is the best place to work.  —  Glassdoor.com released its fifth annual “Employees' Choice Awards” …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The Redbox Verizon Movie Service Is Almost Ready to Take On Netflix  —  Here comes the next video service that wants to take on Netflix: Redbox and Verizon are finally ready to launch their long-awaited joint venture.  —  Well, almost ready: “Redbox Instant by Verizon” …
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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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 …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Google Shuts Down Its Shopping Service in China  —  Google just announced it is shutting down its Google Shopping China service.  The website is still online, but Google confirmed its closure in a post on its China blog (link via Google Translate).  It stated:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Jibe Mobile Raises $8.3M To Grow Its Cloud-Based App Developer Platform — Wants To Teach Carriers How To Win In An All-IP World  —  Jibe Mobile has closed an $8.3 million funding round from investors including Vodafone Ventures, the VC arm of the telco, and Japanese mobile content provider MTI, plus other unnamed investors.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“Dexter” malware steals credit card data from point-of-sale terminals  —  Enlarge / Administration panel for Dexter, a malicious application that steals credit card data from point-of-sale systems.  The malware was recently found on hundreds of computers around the world.  —  Seculert
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.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon's latest experiment: Installing your TV and other household items  —  In another example of Amazon expanding its footprint in new ways, the online retail giant is now contracting with a Seattle area company to install TV mounts right in your home.  —  Currently in beta mode and available …

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