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December 12, 2012, 3:40 PM

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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.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Chairman Says Android Winning Mobile War With Apple: Tech  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Android is extending its lead over Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the mobile-software market at a rate that compares with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s expansion in desktop software in the 1990s, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Facebook Changes Privacy Settings, Again  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before: Facebook is making changes to its privacy settings.  —  First, it is improving some privacy protections.  The company is adding a new top-level control, called Privacy Shortcuts, that will allow people …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Yahoo launches Instagram-inspired Flickr iPhone app update, adds simple sign-ins, 16 filters and more  —  Confirming Marissa Mayer's commitment to a mobile-first strategy, Yahoo has announced the second major overhaul of one of its apps in as many days (following its Yahoo Mail refresh) …
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook Year in Review 2012  —  Today we're releasing Facebook's Year in Review, a look back at the people, moments and things that created the most buzz in 2012 among the billion people around the world on Facebook.  —  We took the pulse of the global community on Facebook in 2012 to assemble …
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Zeitgeist 2012: What piqued your curiosity this year?  —  As 2012 comes to a close, it's time for our 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist—an in-depth look at the “spirit of the times” as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year.  —  On our 2012 Zeitgeist website …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Casey Newton / CNET:
Google tweaks image search to make porn harder to find  —  The company says the move is designed to ensure adult content is shown only to those who explicitly request it.  —  Search for porn using Google Image Search today and you might come up empty-handed.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The LeWeb Conference Sold to Reed Midem  —  Reed Midem, an international trade show organizer, has bought a majority stake in the well-known European Internet conference, LeWeb.  —  The event, which now has two annual gatherings, recently attracted 3,500 people in Paris …
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Marc Andreessen: We're in a tech depression  —  Netscape founder says tech stocks are cheap.  —  FORTUNE — Marc Andreessen, co-head of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and founder of Netscape, says the slump in technology stocks is as bad as he has ever seen it.  And now might be the time to buy in.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga Bringing Free Slots to Facebook First Before Gambling Takes Hold  —  Casino games, like poker and slots, make up one of the most popular categories on Facebook — even though players never get to cash out their winnings.  —  Today, Zynga is announcing that it will soon be launching …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A question that Twitter needs to ask itself  —  Yesterday, Twitter announced that it was launching its own version of photo filters and photo editing tools.  And like all news around social networks — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — it got the treatment normally reserved for the Kardashians.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
FreedomPop launches free home wireless to compete with low-end DSL  —  FreedomPop's new Hub Burst will begin shipping in January 2013.  —  FreedomPop  —  Just over three months after launching its free portable hotspot, FreedomPop now says its ready for the second phase of its expansion plan—a free home wireless connection.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Acer quietly outs $300 boosted C7 Chromebook  —  Acer has quietly rolled out a second version of its C7 Chromebook, a $299.99 premium model that boosts the specification and almost doubles the notebook's runtime.  The Acer C710-2605 keeps the 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and 1.1GHz dualcore Celeron processor …
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” …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Determined to Expose BitTorrent Copyright Trolls  —  Two weeks ago a group of adult movie companies sued Verizon for failing to hand over the personal details of alleged BitTorrent pirates.  —  The Internet provider had ignored court orders and Malibu Media, Patrick Collins …
Steven Musil / CNET:
BlackBerry 10 to feature deep integration of Evernote  —  Developer documentation for RIM's upcoming operating system shows signs of deep integration with the online notes service.  —  It appears that BlackBerry 10 — Research in Motion's next operating system — will support deep integration of the online notes service Evernote.
Reuters:
Guatemala deporting software pioneer McAfee to U.S  —  (Reuters) - Guatemala said on Wednesday it would deport to the United States software pioneer John McAfee, a former Silicon Valley millionaire who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of a fellow American.
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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