December 15, 2012, 11:30 AM

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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 …
More: GizmodoThanks:@loyalelectron
Geoff Colvin / Fortune:
Comcast CEO: What we learned from Apple  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts applies the Apple model to his business empire: Keep it simple, and reinvent constantly.  —  FORTUNE — America's biggest media company isn't what you think.  Comcast (CMCSA) takes in more revenue and commands …
Elyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Walmart now offers iPhone 5 for $127, 4S for $47, and third-gen iPad for $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.  Walmart also cut the iPhone 4S from $89.97 …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
How the UN's ‘Game-Changing’ Internet Treaty Failed  —  German delegates on the fourth day of the 12-day-long World Conference on International Telecommunications (ITU/Flickr)  —  Did you know that, for the past two weeks, the future of the Internet has been at stake?  —  Yes, it has.
Ben Kersey / The Verge:
Samsung rejects labor claims, says there are no underage workers at its supplier  —  Samsung has responded to allegations of HTNS Shenzhen hiring underage workers following complaints from China Labor Watch.  In a blog post, the company reveals that it met with both HTNS Shenzhen …
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
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 …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
LogMeIn, DocuSign Investigate Breach Claims  —  Customers of remote PC administration service and electronic signature provider are complaining of a possible breach of customer information after receiving malware-laced emails to accounts they registered exclusively for use with those companies.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Biggest Overhaul Of Its Data API Yet Adds Universal Search, Efficiency, And Lets 3rd Party Tools Post To Subscribers  —  YouTube first launched its Data API back in 2007, and it has since become the video giant's most popular API in terms of request volume.
More: YouTube API BlogTweets: @hunterwalkThanks:@ripemp

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