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December 19, 2012, 9:10 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 …
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.
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.
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several Apple patents in recent months, and today it added one more to the list — but that doesn't mean the patent is no longer valid.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 …
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.
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.
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!) …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Boost Mobile to start throttling users that exceed data cap on January 20th  —  Prepaid carrier Boost Mobile, owned by Sprint, will soon begin enforcing data throttling for customers that exceed 2.5 gigabytes of usage each month.  Despite advertising their monthly, pay-as-you-go rates as …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Evernote Supersizes Its iOS Food App: Adds iPad Support; Punchfork Recipes And Foursquare Restaurant Search; And Upgraded Meal Archives  —  About a year ago, Evernote branched out from its core mission of being the place to record your life by launching apps tailored to specific purposes …
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.
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.
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.

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