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December 19, 2012, 9:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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several Apple patents in recent months, and today it added one more to the list — but that doesn't mean the patent is no longer valid.
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 …
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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Tumblr launches its long-awaited app for iPad  —  Tumblr just pushed out an update to its iOS app which adds full compatibility with the iPad and iPad mini.  Tumblr built for the big screen doesn't look a whole lot different than if you were browsing Tumblr.com inside Safari …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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!) …
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.
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.
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.
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 …

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