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December 12, 2012, 1:55 AM

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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.
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 …
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” …
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.
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:
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” …
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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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 …
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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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.
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.
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:
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 …
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 …

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