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December 12, 2012, 4:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Moves Closer to Making TV Set  —  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) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SnapChat is getting funded.  By Instagram backer Benchmark  —  Yesterday, Dan Primack pointed out that like Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Matt Cohler, who backed Instagram for Benchmark Capital, hasn't done a deal in 2012.  Well, that is all set to change, for Benchmark is very likely …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 launch its newest casino title, Elite Slots, on Facebook.
AppleInsider:
iTunes now selling and renting movies in 42 newly-opened stores  —  Apple on Wednesday activated iTunes movie sales for a bulk of the countries in which the online media storefront launched earlier in December, though film selection and availability is somewhat limited and varies from region to region.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon finally gins up dedicated push messaging system for Kindle Fire apps, now in beta  —  Amazon has announced its new Device Messaging Beta today, bringing a full push notification system to Kindle Fire devices using Amazon's cloud.  The messaging system is necessary as Amazon's forked Android version …
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
The tablet is killing the ebook reader: Study says shipments to fall 36% this year  —  Worldwide shipments of dedicated ebook readers such as the E-Ink Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook will fall by 36 percent to 14.9 million units this year, and plummet to just 7.1 million units by 2016.
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.
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 …
Keith Laing / Hillicon Valley:
McCaskill threatens legislation on airplane electronic device rules  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tuesday to relax its rules for electronic device use on airplanes or face legislation from her forcing it to do so.
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” …

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