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December 14, 2012, 8:55 PM

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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 …
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
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.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Liau Yun Qing / ZDNet:
China investigating Amazon's e-book business  —  Summary: The General Administration of Press and Publication of China is looking into whether the U.S. company flouted local laws by piggybacking on the sales license of its Chinese partner, Chineseall.com.  —  Liau Yun Qing
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.
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