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December 14, 2012, 6:40 PM

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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed  —  The Woman Charged With Making Windows 8 Succeed  —  In a Q&A, Julie Larson-Green explains why Microsoft felt it was necessary to rethink an operating system used by 1.2 billion people.  —  Why It Matters
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new Windows chief discusses Sinofsky, the iPad, and a transition to touch  —  In an interview with MIT Technology Review, Microsoft's new head of Windows, Julie Larson-Green, has shared some thoughts on Windows 8 after her early experiences leading a post-Sinofsky Windows team.
More: BGR and Neowin
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Google Maps for iPhone violates European data protection law, German watchdog says  —  The issue is that the option to share location data is on by default, says the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein  —  When users install Google Maps on their iPhone …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Elyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Walmart now offers iPhone 5 for $127, 4S for $47, and fourth-gen iPad for $399; Target to discount Virgin's Prepaid 4S to $399  —  Walmart is continuing to slash price tags on Apple products this holiday season, as the global retailer just announced it is now offering the 16GB iPhone 5 for $127.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google launches 18 new Google+ features focusing on mobile, photos, events and Hangouts  —  As Google begins to wind down its operations before Christmas, some of its teams have been working hard to get their new features out before the festive season truly begins.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google to shut down Calendar features, Google Sync, Google Calendar Sync, Issue Tracker Data API, and Punchd  —  Google on Friday announced it is shutting down a slew of features and services as part of its winter cleaning.  Google Calendar will be losing a few features, Google Sync will be axed …
Chris Rayner / Bing:
Bing Social Results Arrive on iPad Today  —  Earlier this week, we started rolling out a new streamlined design for our social sidebar feature making it easier to find people who are relevant to your search based on what they've shared, blogged or tweeted about.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Says He Will Shut Down Podcast Network ThisWeekIn.com, This Week In Startups Will Continue  —  Jason Calacanis has announced via blog post that he's planning to wind down his podcast network ThisWeekIn.com and return the remaining funds to investors.
More: LAUNCHTweets: @jason
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Former HP CEO Shifts Blame for Autonomy Deal to Chairman  —  Ever since Hewlett-Packard said it would write off $5 billion for Autonomy, the British software firm for which it paid north of $11 billion last year, a lot of blame has been cast on Léo Apotheker, the CEO who led HP at the time.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ITU Director General ‘Surprised’ By U.S. Dissent On New Telecoms Treaty, Says Internet And Content Issues Are Not In There  —  The director general of the International Telecommunication Union today spoke of his surprise and disappointment with the US, UK and other nations walking out of a vote …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Head of Google.org Shona Brown leaving to advise nonprofits and startups  —  Shona Brown, a longtime Google executive who currently runs the humanitarian-focused Google.org project, is moving on.  Brown is the Senior Vice President in charge of Google.org, which helps fund nonprofit groups …
More: Mercury News and FortuneTweets: @sacca
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Samsung and Apple Duel in Enterprise Tech  —  Last summer, health-care startup Preventice asked Samsung Electronics if it would create a custom version of its popular Galaxy S II phone.  Preventice was putting the finishing touches on a product that used a smartphone to transmit data …
More: iPhone in Canada BlogTweets: @pburrows
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AngelList Raising A Big Round, To Be Valued at $150 Million Or More  —  AngelList, a service that matches early stage startups with investors, is raising a big round of financing at a valuation that multiple sources say will top $150 million.  Investors may include Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz, among others, say our sources.

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