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December 13, 2012, 10:15 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.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Why Google Just Made iPhone King: Ads  —  By releasing new versions of Google Maps and Gmail for iOS this month, Google helped make the iPhone the best mobile phone on the planet.  Why is Google, the owner of Android and Motorola, helping its ostensible rival?  —  The answer boils down to advertising.
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Allen Huang / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
Combating accidental clicks in mobile ads  —  Ads on smartphones are effective, but many of us have at some point clicked on an ad by accident, which ultimately is a bad experience for the user, the publisher, and the advertiser who pays for clicks that may not be valuable.
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 …
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Samsung Exec Admits To Using Apple Products, Calls iDevice Ecosystem “Sticky”  —  The MIT Technology Review sat down with Samsung's Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn, who admitted that Apple devices are hard to beat when it comes to a connected ecosystem.  In fact, the man in charge …
More: DailyTech
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Seattle is the latest city to go around ISPs to get a gigabit network  —  Seattle has teamed up with Gigabit Squared, a startup that wants to invest $200 million in building gigabit broadband networks in six college towns around the country, to build a gigabit network.
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.
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.
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Massive bank cyberattack planned  —  Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that a massive cyberattack on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers' bank accounts.  —  McAfee's research upheld an October report from RSA …
Bill Callahan / Bloomberg:
Apple, LG Electronics Defeat Alcatel-Lucent Patent Claims  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (066570) didn't infringe an Alcatel-Lucent SA (ALU) unit's patents for electronic devices including phones and computers, a jury said.  —  The verdict today came after a trial that began Nov. 27 …
Reuters:
China party chief stresses reform, censors relax grasp on internet  —  (Reuters) - China must deepen reforms to perfect its market economy and strengthen rule of law, Communist Party chief Xi Jinping said in southern Guangdong, echoing groundbreaking comments by reformist senior leader Deng Xiaoping in the same province 20 years ago.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Apple kicks off iPhone 5 sales in China  —  Apple has begun sales of the iPhone 5 in China, its second-largest market.  Doors opened at official retail stores at 8am, though the company's reserve-and-pick-up system dampened launch crowds.  —  A rare Beijing snowstorm didn't help matters …
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 …
More: CNET
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 …
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.
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.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Aereo Adds First Cable Channel: Bloomberg TV  —  Online television service Aereo has added its first cable channel to its lineup, Bloomberg TV.  —  Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, launched an online video service earlier this year that streams broadcast TV signals of New York stations to New York residents.
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 …

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