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December 15, 2012, 4:35 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  —  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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: @reckless, @reckless and @panzer
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
LogMeIn, DocuSign Investigate Breach Claims  —  Customers of remote PC administration service Logmein.com and electronic signature provider Docusign.com are complaining of a possible breach of customer information after receiving malware-laced emails to accounts they registered exclusively for use with those companies.
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.
More: PandoDailyTweets: @dbreger
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
Shopular app pushes real-time deals while you're at the mall  —  As they go about their holiday shopping this year, plenty of consumers will enlist the help of mobile couponing apps.  But Shopular wants to make it as easy as possible for shoppers to retrieve relevant deals.
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 …
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:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Zoho CRM - Discontinuing Integration with LinkedIn  —  Back in 2011, to help our customers focus more on selling and less CRMing, we started offering integration with LinkedIn along with various other important features.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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