December 20, 2012, 6:40 AM

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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.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Step-By-Step: How To Download All Your Tweets With The New Twitter Archive Service  —  Gone will be the days of scrolling through pages and pages of your Tweets or Twitter's clunky search to find something you once posted.  Twitter is in the process of rolling out a “Download all your Tweets” …
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 …
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 |
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 …
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.
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:
Facebook Stops Its Long-Awaited Ad Network Before It Starts (For Now)  —  Looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer to see Facebook's much-anticipated ad network.  —  The social giant is putting the brakes on a test it launched earlier this year that let it place its own ads on other developer's mobile apps.
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.
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 …
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: Engadget
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.
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.
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
LG Magic Remote gets Siri-like voice recognition  —  LG has refined its Magic Remote controller with language recognition so that you can talk to your smart TV remote similar to Siri, the voice assistant feature on iOS.  —  The remote will be compatible will LG's 2013 range of smart TVs …
More: CNET
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Windows 8 $14.99 upgrade now requires Windows 7 product key  —  Microsoft now asks you to enter your Windows 7 key during the upgrade process in order to qualify for the offer.  —  People who bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99, but they now have to supply the Windows 7 product ID.
More: Neowin
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 …
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.
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.
Rich Brown / CNET:
MakerBot purges 3D printable gun parts from Thingiverse  —  Citing its Terms of Service, MakerBot has removed designs for AR15 and other weapon components from its 3D printing file library.  —  As of a day ago, MakerBot's Thingiverse Web site hosted the plans for a key component of an AR15 semi automatic rifle.
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 …

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