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December 11, 2012, 11:05 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
INSIDE BUZZFEED: The Story Of How Jonah Peretti Built The Web's Most Beloved New Media Brand  —  BuzzFeed's office.  The company has 175 employees.  —  Jonah Peretti stretches out casually in his chair, sneaker over knee, in his downtown New York office.  —  The office is encased in glass …
Tweets: @joshconstine
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 …
Tweets: @tweetingacThanks:@johnhcook
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.
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 …
Karen Wickre / Twitter Blog:
This Year on Twitter  —  Every day, we're amazed and humbled by the many ways in which people use Twitter, which range from simply retweeting to igniting conversations with hashtags (even around lesser-known topics) to sharing spectacular and far-flung views.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Taiwan's MediaTek Enters the Quad-Core Chip Race  —  Taiwan's MediaTek, a chipmaker best known for powering low-end Android devices, says it is nearly ready with its first quad-core mobile processor.  —  The chip, known as the MT6589, also includes graphics and wireless communications functions …
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Warner Bros and MGM invest in social-gaming company Kabam  —  (Reuters) - Warner Bros Entertainment Inc and MGM Studios Inc have joined forces to invest an undisclosed amount in the privately-held, social and mobile gaming company, Kabam Inc, the games maker said on Tuesday.
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).
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 …
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.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Tricks & Treats: 5 ways to sweeten your email marketing  —  While Halloween is by tradition the scariest day on the calendar, it's also the official transition into the holiday season.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
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