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December 24, 2012, 5:20 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Websites Vary Prices, Deals Based on Users' Information  —  It was the same Swingline stapler, on the same Staples.com website.  But for Kim Wamble, the price was $15.79, while the price on Trude Frizzell's screen, just a few miles away, was $14.29.  —  A key difference: where Staples seemed to think they were located.
More: The Verge and DigitsTweets: @craigelimeliah
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Report claims next-gen, thinner, lighter full-sized iPad due in March with iPad mini design elements  —  Even with Apple's launch of the fourth-generation iPad last month, Apple is rumored to be preparing to launch yet another new iPad in the coming months.  According to Macotakara, a thinner …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme's top 20 headline terms of 2012, and what they signify  —  We can uncover a variety of patterns analyzing the data Techmeme has accumulated over the years, and given Techmeme's pan-industry focus, these findings can signal large-scale trends developing across the tech industry.
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Book Reviews Deleted in a Purge Aimed at Manipulation  —  Giving raves to family members is no longer acceptable.  Neither is writers' reviewing other writers.  But showering five stars on a book you admittedly have not read is fine.  —  After several well-publicized cases involving writers buying …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
VLC for Windows 8 reaches $65,000 funding goal on Kickstarter with five days to spare  —  A Metro version of VLC, the popular free and open-source media player, is coming to Windows 8.  On Sunday, the VideoLAN organization reached its funding goal on Kickstarter for its Windows 8-specific app.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
After hacker disappears from Twitter, Verizon reveals customer data was leaked by a marketing firm  —  Verizon is sharing more details about the alleged leak of customer data that occurred over the weekend.  The company still insists there was no breach, but the carrier has now revealed …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Inside the nest: After 3 years of Angry Birds, what's next for Rovio?  —  Darkest Fear.  CyberBlood.  Dragon & Jade.  Wolf Moon.  Those are the names of only a handful of the more than 50 games that were developed by a small Finnish upstart called Relude between 2003 and 2009.
Thanks:@martinsfp
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The Fifth-Biggest Site in the World Operated on a Budget of $27M Last Year  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, had expenses of $27 million this past fiscal year, and raised $38.5 million to support them.  —  The only nonprofit organization within the world's Top 40 Web sites …
More: Wikimedia blogTweets: @wikimedia
Tim Wu / New York Times:
The Best Way to Regulate Urban-Living Apps  —  NOBODY ever said that big cities make for easy living.  The apps of the moment, Uber and Airbnb, try to mitigate matters by letting you book a car ride or rent someone's apartment using your smartphone or computer.
More: The Verge and SkiftTweets: @timharv
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Intellectual Ventures: Don't Mind Our 2000 Shell Companies, That's Totally Normal  —  Back in 2010, we wrote about a report suggesting that Intellectual Ventures was using somewhere around 1000 shell companies to hide many of its patent shakedown attempts.  For years, IV itself liked …
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