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December 19, 2012, 5:50 PM

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Mollie Vandor / Twitter Blog:
Your Twitter archive  —  It's no secret: You make Twitter what it is.  And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets.  Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary …
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Expands Child Online Privacy Law to Cover Apps, Social Networks  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday updated its decade-old rules governing children's online privacy to reflect the growth of social networks and smartphone apps, but backed away from earlier proposals …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Kodak Agrees To Sell Digital Imaging Patent Portfolio For $525M To Consortium Of 12 Licensees, Including Apple, Google, Facebook  —  Kodak has agreed to sell its digital imaging portfolio to a consortium of 12 licensees for $525 million, organized by patent-holding company Intellectual Ventures …
Lev Grossman / TIME:
TIME Person of the Year Runner-Up: Tim Cook, the Technologist  —  He inherited the most valuable company in the world from one of the greatest innovators in history.  In 2012 he made Apple his own.  Runner-Up: Tim Cook, the Technologist |  TIME.com.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay to Stop Advertising Inside Mobile Apps: “It's Not Worth It.”  —  EBay is ecstatic about mobile, just not about mobile advertising.  —  Devin Wenig, eBay's president of global marketplaces, said in an interview that next year the company will stop running mobile ads inside of its applications.
Anil Dash:
Rebuilding the Web We Lost  —  We have the obligation to never speak of our concerns without suggesting our solutions.  I've been truly gratified to watch the response to The Web We Lost over the last few days; It's become one of the most popular things I've ever written and has inspired great responses.
Derek Powazek:
I'm Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet  —  “If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.”  —  I don't know who said it first, but the line has achieved a kind of supernatural resonance online.  And for good reason - it describes a kind of modern internet company that provides a free service.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook begins testing ‘Collections’ posts again with more retailers  —  Facebook today began the second phase of testing a new “Collections” feature that lets pages post about their products and lets users save items they want, a spokesperson tells us.  —  Collections posts are similar …
Andrew Nusca / ZDNet:
IBM to acquire StoredIQ in big data play  —  Summary: IBM announced that it will acquire Austin, Texas-based information management firm StoredIQ in a push for more big data capability.  —  Andrew Nusca  —  IBM announced this morning that it will acquire StoredIQ, a privately-held information …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Owner of OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - The owner of interactive television pioneer OpenTV sued Netflix Inc on Wednesday, alleging the company infringed on patents that cover technology underpinning the fast-growing Internet video sector.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Verizon's Redbox Instant launches in private beta: Unlimited streaming, 4 DVD credits a month  —  Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon Communications, is now gradually rolling out to users in private beta after being teased earlier this month.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
After 3 Million Downloads, CloudOn 3.0 Now Brings Microsoft Office To iPhone, iPad Mini & Nexus 7  —  CloudOn, the popular free productivity service that brings Microsoft Office to mobile devices, just launched version 3.0 of its mobile app.  With this launch, CloudOn is bringing its service to the iPhone, iPad Mini and Nexus 7.
Brian McClendon / The Official Google Blog:
Count down to Christmas Eve with Google Santa Tracker  —  While millions of people eagerly await Christmas Day, Santa and his elves are keeping busy at the North Pole.  They're preparing presents, tuning up the sleigh, feeding the reindeer and, of course, checking the list (twice!) …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
USPTO invalidates key Apple patent used against Samsung  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated one of the big patents successfully used by Apple against Samsung in court.  —  A key patent successfully used by Apple against Samsung in its multibillion dollar courtroom brawl earlier …
More: AppleInsider and Slate
Jay Greene / CNET:
Former Windows boss lands teaching gig at Harvard  —  Steven Sinofsky, who ran the Windows division for six years but left after sparring with some Microsoft executives, tweeted that he will return to Harvard Business School to teach this spring.  —  Steven Sinofsky, who recently left Microsoft …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Dell, HP Windows 8 ‘Atom’ Tablets Delayed Until 2013  —  Dell Latitude 10 among Windows 8 systems not yet available, as tablet makers struggle with drivers for energy-efficient Intel Clover Trail chip.  —  Dell and other vendors have pushed back until January the launch of Windows 8 tablets that use a new …

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