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December 12, 2012, 7:35 AM

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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.
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.
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“Dexter” malware steals credit card data from point-of-sale terminals  —  Enlarge / Administration panel for Dexter, a malicious application that steals credit card data from point-of-sale systems.  The malware was recently found on hundreds of computers around the world.  —  Seculert
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.
Josh Hudgins / Google Drive Blog:
Introducing the Save to Drive extension, plus enhancements to images  —  The new Save to Drive Chrome extension gives you a few new ways to capture content from anywhere on the web and store it neatly in Drive.  After you install the extension, you can click on the Drive extension icon to save:
Sara Morrison / CJR:
The limits of Internet research  —  “Rule number one of the Web: You don't mess with The Oatmeal”  —  Internet research helped Buzzfeed contributor Jack Stuef unmask @ComfortablySmug, the Twitter account that earned ire for posting false information during Hurricane Sandy.  Stuef was praised for his work then.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Google: Copyright removal requests spike to 2.5 million per week  —  Google announced Tuesday that the number of requests it receives each week to remove links to allegedly infringing websites in its search results has grown ten-fold over the past six months.
Kevin Clark / Wall Street Journal:
San Francisco 49ers Raid Silicon Valley, Hiring Former Facebook, YouTube Talent  —  San Francisco 49ers Aim to Change the NFL by Poaching Talent From Tech; ‘Open Source’ Scouting?  —  San Francisco  —  The San Francisco 49ers have a long tradition of borrowing ideas from Silicon Valley.
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” …
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.
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 …
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:
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” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
First OS X fake installer malware spotted, as SMS scams are ported from Windows and Android to Mac  —  A new Trojan for Mac has been discovered that mimics the actions of an installer.  The malware attempts to monetize the attack by having users enter their mobile phone numbers for the purpose of “activation.”
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
In War of Smartphones, The Russians Are Coming  —  MOSCOW—In a country whose best known contribution to global technology may well be the Kalashnikov rifle, a new mobile-phone company once tied to Russia's state-run defense corporation hopes it will have as deep an impact on the world's next generation of smartphones.
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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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