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December 20, 2012, 2:45 PM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook testing service to let strangers pay to message you  —  Facebook today announced refinements to its Messaging filters, as well as a test for a very small portion of American users to determine if people will pay to get in touch with those they aren't Facebook friends with.
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.
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google Sweetened Motorola Deal With Arris By Promising To Cap Liability In TiVo's Billion Dollar+ Patent Claim  —  During the analyst conference call discussing telecom manufacturer Arris' just-announced acquisition of Motorola Home, one of the big topics (to Arris CEO Bob Stanzione's apparent exasperation) …
Don Melton:
When I first heard the name “Safari”  —  Ten years ago this month, my secret Web browser team at Apple became the “Safari” team — less than 30 days before we debuted the product on January 7, 2003.  —  To this day, I don't know who suggested the name “Safari.”
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Snapguide Comes To The iPad Because The Future Of The How-To Is On The Tablet  —  I wouldn't have an iPad if I didn't have to do two things: Do interviews and cook.  The first I have to do for work but the second I do for fun.  Which is why I think that Snapguide's bold and stylish move …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann to step down, CFO to take over  —  The head of Deutsche Telekom, Rene Obermann, is to step down in a year's time.  He apparently requested that the board set a termination date for his contract of 31 December 2013, and his successor has been chosen.
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 …
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 …
Deepak Dhingra / Engadget:
Dragon Mobile Assistant beta for Android updated, lets your voice launch apps and music  —  Nuance has refreshed its Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android to let you do more stuff using speech alone.  The beta app now allows you to set alarms, launch apps and play music, in addition …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
The Hacker Way: Facebook reveals its top hacks of 2012  —  The culture at Facebook has always been known to be about The Hacker Way.  Through this philosophy, the company has periodically held and participated in numerous hackathons on its campus.  Today, it has shared what it says are the top hacks from the past year.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Google's Head of Shopping Says Company Has No Plans to Become a Retailer  —  If you've visited Google Shopping recently, you might confuse the search giant for a retailer.  —  Google Google's VP of Shopping Sameer Samat  —  At the top of the Shopping page, a photo shows a snowboarder floating …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Verizon responds to AT&T, adds 29 LTE markets  —  Verizon customers in Selma, Al. and Port Angeles, Wa. are among the cities getting access to the company's 4G LTE network.  —  Verizon has added 29 new LTE markets to its service.  —  The company announced today that Selma, Al. and Port Angeles …
Reuters:
Samsung Electronics completes talks for $3.9 billion U.S. chip expansion  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's No.1 memory-chip maker, said on Thursday it has completed talks with the state government of Texas where it plans to invest $3.9 billion to expand system-chip production lines …

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