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December 20, 2012, 10:15 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
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 …
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,” …
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 …
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.
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.
More: CNET and Mashable!
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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) …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Cloud Sherpas acquires CloudTrigger, raises $40 million  —  Summary: Cloud Sherpas raises a large Series B round and acquires CloudTrigger to boost its footprint integrating cloud applications.  —  Cloud Sherpas, an Atlanta-based cloud integrator, has acquired CloudTrigger in a move …

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