December 20, 2012, 11:05 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,” …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Rockmelt social browser comes to iPhone, Android version still in development  —  When we heard Rockmelt was going to announce some news about its social browser becoming available to lots more people, we assumed that meant the Android version was finally ready.  Not quite: turns out the company was just referring iPhone users.
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 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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: login flaw, now corrected, caused passwords to be sent in plain text in some cases  —  A flaw in the design of'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 …
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 |
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.
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.
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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