December 16, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
As Facebook joins the NASDAQ-100, both RIM and Netflix are dropped  —  Following the news that Facebook joined the NASDAQ-100, an index comprised of the 100 largest non-financial stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Netflix and troubled BlackBerry maker RIM have been dropped.
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 …
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: MacDailyNews and CNETTweets: @timcohn
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
John Gruber / Macworld:
The unlikely persistence of AppleScript  —  First, a little history:  —  Apple acquired NeXT at the end of 1996, with the plan of using that company's OpenStep operating system as the foundation for the future of Mac OS.  The first plan for that OS was called Rhapsody …
More: Daring Fireball and MacStoriesTweets: @lessien
Internet porn: Automatic block rejected  —  Campaigners say it is too easy for children to access explicit adult content  —  Ministers have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported.
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is on the trail to redemption at new startup  —  Scott Thompson was one of Silicon Valley's luminaries — the highly regarded president of PayPal who ascended to the top spot at Yahoo (YHOO) earlier this year before it all came crashing down.
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: Neowin and The VergeTweets: @akovacs, @fxshaw, @fxshaw, @fxshaw and @fxshaw
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Following Adobe user forum breach, hacker claims he has access to some Yahoo servers  —  An Egyptian hacker who calls himself ViruS_HimA is claiming to have breached Yahoo's security systems following similar attacks on other companies.  He allegedly has full access to the servers for at least two of Yahoo's domains.
Wall Street Journal:
Before Japan Votes, Mum's the Word, Twitterwise  —  An Old Law Is Interpreted to Ban Digital Electioneering; Scrubbing Websites  —  TOKYO—Until Dec. 3, Koei Aoto, the Internet guru for Japan's Social Democratic Party, was busy posting information online about candidates for a coming election.

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