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December 24, 2012, 2:55 PM

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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.
Eva Dou / Digits:
Acer Plans to Launch $99 Tablet  —  Acer Inc. is planning to launch an Android tablet priced around US$99 early next year, a person with direct knowledge of the project, said.  —  The world's fourth-largest PC maker by shipments hopes to be the first big-brand company to launch a tablet priced …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Instagram furor triggers first class action lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit to result from changed service terms that prompted howls of protest last week.  —  In a proposed class action lawsuit filed …
More: AllThingsD, Gizmodo and Mashable!Tweets: @reckless
Reuters:
Analysis: Amazon, Google on collision course in 2013  —  (Reuters) - When Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos got word of a project at Google Inc to scan and digitize product catalogs a decade ago, the seeds of a burgeoning rivalry were planted.  —  The news was a “wake-up” call to Bezos, an early investor in Google.
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.
Tweets: @theromit and @cschweitz
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Yes, There Are Layoffs Pending at HP's Autonomy Unit in the U.K.  —  There are layoffs coming at Hewlett-Packard's U.K.-based Autonomy software unit, but not quite so many as a report in the Daily Mail suggests.  —  That newspaper reported today, in a thinly sourced story …
More: Daily Mail
Danny Sullivan / CNET:
iPad is left behind as rival tablets get multiuser support  —  Want to loan your tablet to a child or friend but don't want to provide access to all your data?  Windows, Android, and even Amazon tablets make it easy.  Apple's iPad has some catching up to do.
Tweets: @lessien
Agence France Presse:
Steve Jobs estate pays to free impounded yacht  —  STEVE Jobs' superyacht Venus is free to leave Amsterdam port after the late Apple co-founder's estate paid a deposit to resolve a dispute with designer Philippe Starck, who had the yacht impounded.  —  “The Venus is no longer impounded …

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