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December 12, 2012, 6:55 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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) …
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Dan Worth / V3.co.uk:
Google rules out Gmail and Drive apps for Windows 8  —  Google has revealed that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for its business app products such as Gmail or Drive.  —  Speaking to V3, the firm's product management director at Google Apps …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Searching without searching: Expect Labs taps Nuance for bold predictive computing tech  —  We're now getting the first taste of a world where our computing devices fetch us relevant information without our asking.  Google Now is the most notable example, Google's Siri-esque competitor …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Yellow Cab Hails via Smartphone Apps May Be Tried in New York City  —  With some board members still skeptical about authorizing smartphone apps to hail yellow cabs, the chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission said this week that the panel might instead consider a pilot program …
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
EMC follows VMware, rest of world into OpenStack  —  EMC has joined the OpenStack open-source cloud effort.  The news hits three months after VMware — 80 percent owned by EMC — signaled its intention to back the initiative.  EMC joins as a corporate-level member while VMware is a higher-level gold member.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Revamps Its Currents Mobile Newsreader App To Make It Smarter And More Scannable  —  Google just launched an update to Google Currents, the company's Flipboard competitor, that makes it easier to scan through categories and editions from Google publisher partners like The Guardian and Forbes in the app.
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.
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.

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