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December 20, 2012, 12:45 AM

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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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Step-By-Step: How To Download All Your Tweets With The New Twitter Archive Service  —  Gone will be the days of scrolling through pages and pages of your Tweets or Twitter's clunky search to find something you once posted.  Twitter is in the process of rolling out a “Download all your Tweets” …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google sells Motorola Home to Arris for $2.35 billion in cash and stock  —  Google announced today that it has sold the Motorola Home business that it acquired earlier this year to the Arris Group for a sum of $2.35 billion in cash and stock.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google Sweetened Motorola Deal With Arris By Promising To Cap Liability In TiVo's Billion Dollar+ Patent Claim  —  During the analyst conference call discussing telecom manufacturer Arris' just-announced acquisition of Motorola Home, one of the big topics (to Arris CEO Bob Stanzione's apparent exasperation) …
More: The Verge
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Stops Its Long-Awaited Ad Network Before It Starts (For Now)  —  Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer to see Facebook's much-anticipated ad network.  —  The social giant is putting the brakes on a test it launched earlier this year that let it place its own ads on other developer's mobile apps.
Jonathan Rochelle / Google Enterprise Blog:
Quickoffice + Google Apps = better document conversion and an iPad app  —  Posted by Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management, Google Drive  —  Since the Quickoffice team joined Google a few months ago, we've been working to make it easier for you to work with your legacy Microsoft Office files …
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Now Highlights Its Indoor Street View Imagery On Search Results Pages  —  A while back, Google started bringing its Street View technology indoors under the name Google Business Photos.  These images, however, were often hard to find and somewhat buried on Google's local listings and Google Maps.
More: CNET and 9to5Google
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Apple Breaks Ground on 1-Million-Square-Foot Texas Outpost  —  You've heard about Apple's Cupertino spaceship.  Now meet the company's Austin, Texas crash pad.  —  Over the past few weeks, Apple has started work on a new 39-acre campus that will be the future home of the company's America's Operations Center.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Another Apple patent rejected by US Patent Office, but its fate is far from certain  —  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected several Apple patents in recent months, and today it added one more to the list — but that doesn't mean the patent is no longer valid.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Windows 8 $14.99 upgrade now requires Windows 7 product key  —  Microsoft now asks you to enter your Windows 7 key during the upgrade process in order to qualify for the offer.  —  People who bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99, but they now have to supply the Windows 7 product ID.
More: Neowin
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Tubular raises $2.5 million to serve burgeoning YouTube industry  —  (Reuters) - Tubular, a small San Francisco start-up that provides analytics for YouTube content creators, has raised $2.5 million in venture capital in the latest sign of how far the business ecosystem has evolved around the Google-owned video repository.
More: TechCrunch and The Wrap
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Mark Cuban and Minecraft Creator Notch give $500k to EFF for software patent reform  —  Minecraft creator Markus Persson, aka Notch, and entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have donated $500,000 to the EFF for software patent reform.  —  The announcement, made on the EFF's site …
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 …
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
LG Magic Remote gets Siri-like voice recognition  —  LG has refined its Magic Remote controller with language recognition so that you can talk to your smart TV remote similar to Siri, the voice assistant feature on iOS.  —  The remote will be compatible will LG's 2013 range of smart TVs …
More: CNET
Erin Bury / BetaKit:
With 3M Parking Spots Across the U.S., ParkWhiz Adds $2M in Series A Funding  —  Today Chicago-based startup ParkWhiz announced it has closed $2 million in funding, led by Hyde Park Venture Partners with participation from investors including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Y Combinator partner Garry Tan, and several others.
Rich Brown / CNET:
MakerBot purges 3D printable gun parts from Thingiverse  —  Citing its Terms of Service, MakerBot has removed designs for AR15 and other weapon components from its 3D printing file library.  —  As of a day ago, MakerBot's Thingiverse Web site hosted the plans for a key component of an AR15 semi automatic rifle.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent Makers Distance Themselves From Piracy  —  BitTorrent Inc. has an image problem, or at least that's what some people appear to believe.  —  Today the San Francisco company launched a website to answer the question of whether or not BitTorrent equals piracy.

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