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December 13, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Google Maps Is Better Than Apple Maps  —  There's a simple answer: people.  —  For all of Google's reputation as a data-data-data company, the company's famed mapping product, which arrived on iOS early this morning, is good for a different reason: people.
Daniel Graf / The Official Google Blog:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Speeds Up Android App By Ditching HTML5 And Rebuilding It Natively Just Like The iOS Version  —  Facebook's HTML5 app nightmare is over.  Later today it's releasing Facebook for Android 2., which replaces the hybrid native/webview code with an all-native infrastructure to answer years …
Anil Dash:
The Web We Lost  —  The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win for regular people, a triumph of usability and empowerment.  They seldom talk about what we've lost along the way in this transition …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple rolls out new, far more detailed, status page for general Services, Stores and iCloud systems  —  Apple has today launched a new status page for its iCloud, store and general services that provides far more detail about status and uptimes of its various cloud and backend components.
BBC:
US, UK and Canada refuse to sign UN internet treaty  —  The UN's communication treaty will not be ratified by the US, UK or Canada  —  The US, UK and Canada say they will not sign an international communications treaty under discussion in Dubai.  —  The three countries had objected to calls …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Mailbox for iPhone: a next-generation email app inspired by Sparrow and Clear  —  Cloud to-do list company Orchestra today announced Mailbox, an email client for the iPhone it's been building for the last year.  I've been testing Mailbox for the last few weeks and it's nothing short of spectactular.
Jean-Baptiste Su / Forbes:
Dell Quits Smartphone Business Globally, Drops Android  —  Dell is definitely pulling the plug on the smartphone business, globally.  A tough decision, leaving a market that is expected to reach $150.3 billion in 2014, according to MarketsandMarkets.  However, Jeff Clarke …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Legend Max Levchin Joins Yahoo Board, Intuit's Smith And Weather Channels's Kenny Leave  —  Max Levchin has been many things in his long run in Silicon Valley — PayPal cofounder, Slide founder, angel investor, etc. etc. — but now he's trying on something more traditional.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Quickly Updates Malware Definitions to Detect New SMS Scam Trojan  —  Earlier this week, Russian security firm Dr. Web published a blog post announcing the discovery of a new OS X trojan horse known as “Trojan.SMSSend.3666”.  The malware masquerades as an installer for various software titles …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
MobileMobileMobile: Yahoo Eyes Hipster Teen-Founded Summly News App  —  When she's not board-swapping, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been scouring the landscape for trendy mobile “acqhires” to give the sleepy Silicon Valley Internet giant some sizzle.  —  And you can't get more hot than Summly …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Starts Reporting False DMCA Takedown Requests  —  Ever since Google started publishing a transparency report for the DMCA requests it receives, the number of notices being sent have shot through the roof.  —  During the past month copyright holders asked Google to remove 12,045,130 webpages from its search.
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung to reduce investment in LCD  —  Samsung Electronics is moving to reduce investment in its liquid crystal display (LCD) unit as the firm has shifted the focus of its screen business to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and plastic-based flexible displays.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Puts Instant Video On iPhone And iPod Touch, Cloud Player Music On Roku And Samsung Smart TVs  —  Amazon has announced a number of new platform expansions for its streaming media services today, including Cloud Player apps for Samsung Smart TVs and Roku set top boxes …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
T-Mobile completes iPhone-friendly upgrade in 23 cities  —  T-Mobile on Thursday officially activated its overhauled HSPA+ systems in five more regions of the country, including the greater Chicago area, bringing it that much closer to fielding a nationwide network that can fully support Apple's iPhone.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches Prepaid “PayPal My Cash Card,” Allowing Cash-Preferred Customers To Shop Online  —  PayPal announced today the launch of its first fully branded cash loading card, called the PayPal My Cash Card, which will allow users to load up their PayPal accounts using cash instead of bank transfers.
Steven E.F. Brown / San Francisco Business Times:
Yahoo Inc. signs a search deal with AVG Technologies … Internet giant Yahoo Inc. signed a search and distribution deal with AVG Technologies NV.  —  Amsterdam's AVG (NYSE: AVG) makes antivirus and security software for use on computers and mobile devices and also makes search technology.

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