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December 15, 2012, 1:55 AM

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KurzweilAI:
Kurzweil joins Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing  —  Ray Kurzweil confirmed today that he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing.  —  “I'm excited to share that I'll be joining Google …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Ray Kurzweil Joins Google In Full-Time Engineering Director Role; Will Focus On Machine Learning, Language Processing  —  Famed inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist Ray Kurzweil announced this afternoon that he has been hired by search engine giant Google as a director of engineering focused …
Elyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Walmart now offers iPhone 5 for $127, 4S for $47, and third-gen iPad for $399; Target to discount Virgin's Prepaid 4S to $399 (updated)  —  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.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Every Apple-Made App On Your iPhone Can Be Replaced By A Better App  —  With yesterday's launch of Google Maps for iOS, I reached the point where I no longer use any of Apple's built-in apps on my iPhone.  —  Well, there are three very basic exceptions: Clock, Messages* (the texting app), and Phone.
Tweets: @panzer, @reckless and @reckless
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 …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Today's Awful Apple Rumor: Retina iPad Mini  —  There's something in the air this week.  Maybe it's that the holidays are coming, or that it's getting colder, or that there's not much actual news to be had three weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show.  But for some reason …
David J. Hill / Singularity Hub:
Patented Book Writing System Creates, Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Books On Amazon  —  Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business School, has had a side project for over 10 years.  He's created a computer system that can write books about specific subjects in about 20 minutes.
More: ExtremeTechTweets: @joshuamcclure
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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Dropbox 2.0 brings a crisp new mobile look and refined photo experience on iOS  —  Dropbox is updating its mobile app today with a fresh new look and a much refined photo browsing experience on iOS.  I was at Dropbox HQ this morning and had a look at the new apps for iPhone and iPad …
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
From Marine Corps general to Microsoft VP  —  Microsoft's new VP for military affairs aims to expand the company's already broad slate of support programs for veterans.
HP:
To Handle the Big Data Deluge, HP Plots a Giant Leap Forward  —  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore published the now-famous prediction that computer processors would double in power every two years.
VMware:
Your Grandfather's Backup Tools Weren't Built for Today's Virtual Environments.  —  When the health of your business rides on the availability of your virtual machines and the applications they run …
Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Syncano:
Signs You Invest in a Backend as a Service  —  When you're trying to build applications quickly and efficiently, your team needs to focus on things like growth, innovation, and rapid development.
 

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