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December 20, 2012, 11:00 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Flipboard lands on Android tablets, now supports Nexus 10  —  It's no secret that we're big fans of Flipboard here at Engadget, but there's one thing we've been longing for: a tablet-optimized Android version.  Until now, running the app on the Nexus 10 (by sideloading the APK) or even the Nexus 7 …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Shuffles Top Brass With New COO and CFO Appointments  —  In move that shuffles some of the highest ranking members of the microblogging start-up's executive team, Ali Rowghani has been named chief operating officer of Twitter, according to a change in his Twitter profile …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook starts rolling out new privacy settings, making it easier to control what data is public  —  Facebook announced plans to make its privacy control settings easier to find this month, and now a series of new menus and notifications has begun to roll out to users of the social network, initially in New Zealand.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
‘Cut the Rope’ Creator to Debut First New Game Franchise Since Its Big Hit  —  Two screen shots from “Pudding Monsters,” the first new franchise for ZeptoLab since striking gold with “Cut the Rope.”  —  More than two years after ZeptoLab released the mega-hit mobile game “Cut the Rope,” …
Ron / WinBeta:
Microsoft drops importing/exporting support for .xls and .doc in Outlook 2013  —  In a new Outlook blog post, Microsoft mentions a few features and components that are being dropped from Outlook 2013.  Of the features, Microsoft mentions that Outlook 2013 will no longer support importing …
Hugo Martin / Los Angeles Times:
Boeing uses potatoes to simulate humans in test of Wi-Fi signals  —  Boeing has tested onboard internet signals with potatoes instead of passengers.  (Associated Press / December 19, 2012)  —  Boeing, the Seattle-based company that has built some of the world's most sophisticated aircraft …
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
4 Out of 10 Americans Have Connected Internet to TV  —  Still waiting for the Internet and TV to converge?  It may have already happened.  —  Four out of 10 Americans have connected their TV to the Internet, according to a new Forrester study.  If you're just talking about the whippersnappers …
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter.com login flaw, now corrected, caused passwords to be sent in plain text in some cases  —  A flaw in the design of Twitter.com's security allowed for user passwords to be sent in plain text when entered on the detail page of a Tweet.  That flaw has been addressed by the Twitter security team …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Forrester: 84% Of U.S. Adults Now Use The Web Daily, 50% Own Smartphones, Tablet Ownership Doubled To 19% In 2012  —  Forrester Research just published its annual “State of Consumers and Technology” report.  As usual, it's chock-full of interesting statistics about how U.S. consumers use the Internet …
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.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Kleiner Partners' View Of the Future of Tech  —  Venture capitalists John Doerr and Ted Schlein of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have had a front-row seat at Silicon Valley's recent Web froth and its fallout.  —  Their venture firm in the past decade made a big bet on clean technology.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Court Sentences Web Designer For Creating Infringing Torrent Site  —  After its launch in 2008, the StudentBay e-learning torrent site quickly became associated with The Pirate Bay due to its familiar logo, Swedish roots and other alleged links to the site.  —  StudentBay began with a promise …
More: ZDNet
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Ofcom announces UK 4G auction bidders: seven networks fight it out for 250MHz of new spectrum  —  Just ahead of the auction set to start in January 2013, UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed the networks gunning for next-generation spectrum.  Alongside familiar names like Telefonica (O2) …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Animate your memes with Vimeo creator's new project, Moonbase  —  A plug and play engine for making web animations, no coding skills required  —  Jake Lodwick, a programmer and filmmaker, made a name for himself in tech circles during the first half of the new millenium, helping to create Vimeo and College Humor in New York.
More: Betabeat and Engadget
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Acquires Snapjoy And Puts Photos Into Its Focus  —  Less than one week after Dropbox aqui-hired Audiogalaxy to beef up its cloud music ambitions, today comes news of another acquisition, this time focused on another form of media, photos: the cloud-storage giant is buying Snapjoy …

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