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December 15, 2012, 12:20 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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
More: LAUNCHTweets: @jason
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.

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Microsoft:
Teachers use Bing home page lesson plans to encourage critical thinking skills  —  Find out how free lesson plans based on images like this Siberian tiger from Bing's home page encourage students to explore subjects in creative and thought-provoking ways.
Intel:
Intel Unveils 8-Core Processor Gaming Monster at PAX  —  Intel just announced its first 8 core, 16 thread gaming monster — otherwise known as the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition desktop processor …
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
Sit back and Relax.  Zoho Books brings you Auto Charge.  —  There are features in a product that address small pain points for customers and then there are ones that make life a breeze.
Syncano:
iOS Developers: How to Get Instant Notifications on your App  —  Within minutes, you can create dynamic iOS apps on Syncano that instantly reflect changes in data by “subscribing” to changes on Syncano's Sync Server.
 

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