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December 12, 2012, 8:45 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.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Flickr Has the Opportunity to Become the Next Flickr  —  It's quite amazing to think that Flickr, once one of the best photocentric social sites, was purchased by Yahoo in 2005 for, wait for this, around $30 million.  (No, that's not a typo, people used to buy start-ups for million of dollars, not billions.)
Cap Watkins:
Table Stakes Are Dangerous  —  Much has already been written about Twitter and Flickr's recent forays into photo filters.  In particular, my friend MG wrote today that adding filters to Twitter and Flickr is a misguided attempt to catch up to Instagram:
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) …
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 …
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.
More: Betabeat, GeekWire and Business InsiderTweets: @qthrul
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Set to Release iOS Maps App Tonight  —  Google plans to release its much-awaited iOS Maps app tonight, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The app should be a welcome addition for many iPhone users, who have been unhappy with an Apple-made replacement.
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's New Data Highlighter Lets You Add Structured Data To Your Sites Without Touching Any Code  —  Google wants website owners to add as much structured data to their sites as possible in order to improve its search results and Knowledge Graph boxes with rich snippets like event listings, reviews and other information.
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 …
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 …
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.

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