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December 20, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
A 2011 law made it easier to challenge Apple's patents  —  The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act opened the door to more post-grant reviews  —  FORTUNE — On Wednesday, Samsung informed a federal court — and the Wall Street Journal dutifully reported — that the U.S. Patent Office had …
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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
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.
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.
Ethan Bilby / Reuters:
EU to make antitrust charges against Samsung soon  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission is set to charge South Korean electronics group Samsung in an antitrust patent case, the European Union's competition chief Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday.  —  The EU competition watchdog …
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” …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ericsson Will Take A $1.2B Hit On Decline Of ST-Ericsson Chip JV; Confirms It Won't Buy STMicro's Stake  —  Earlier this week European Commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke in platitudes about how the EU would be putting more effort into kick-starting the region's hardware industry …
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.

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