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December 16, 2012, 1:45 AM

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Elizabeth Wasserman / Politico:
Google to tweak practices to end search probe  —  Federal regulators may end a two-year antitrust probe of Google's search business by letting the company make voluntary changes, such as limiting use of restaurant and travel reviews from other websites and letting search ad campaigns …
More: CNETTweets: @mhelft
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Below the Surface  —  Early data shows that the PC market has not experienced a “pop” from Windows 8.  Market watchers have been anticipating this pop since every previous version of Windows has led to a surge in shipments.  PC vendors have also been hoping for this to lift their volumes.
More: CNET and Guardian
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 …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
The Thriving Bazaar on Instagram  —  Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money.  But some of its users have.  —  These entrepreneurs have realized that they can piggyback on the popularity of Instagram …
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 …
New York Times:
Microsoft Battles Google by Hiring Political Brawler Mark Penn  —  SEATTLE — Mark Penn made a name for himself in Washington by bulldozing enemies of the Clintons.  Now he spends his days trying to do the same to Google, on behalf of its archrival Microsoft.
More: The Verge and NeowinTweets: @akovacs, @fxshaw, @fxshaw, @fxshaw and @fxshaw
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Op-ed—A plea to Google: Protect our e-mail privacy  —  We recently learned that even the director of the CIA, David Petraeus, can't seem to secure his private e-mail conversations properly, and over the past month tech commentators have responded to that discovery with a familiar litany of depressing advice …
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Washington Post Moves Social Reader Off Facebook  —  The Washington Post Company has decided to move its Social Reader app — which displays stories from Washington Post Co. publications and 90 other news organizations, including this one, on Facebook — to a standalone site at socialreader.com, the co...
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Intel Wins First Round in Patent Fight That Threatens Chips  —  Intel Corp. (INTC) won the first round of a patent-infringement case that some lawmakers said may threaten jobs at the company's U.S. manufacturing plants.  —  The world's largest semiconductor maker didn't infringe the patents …
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.

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