December 24, 2012, 1:15 PM

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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 …
Analysis: Amazon, Google on collision course in 2013  —  (Reuters) - When 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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Longtime Microsoft Executive Craig Mundie Cedes Strategy Post, to Retire in 2014  —  Microsoft has quietly shifted Craig Mundie — its former chief research and strategy officer — to a new, vaguely defined role as “Senior Advisor to the CEO.”  —  “In this role, he works on key strategic projects within …
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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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 …
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
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Huawei's 6.1-inch 1080p Ascend Mate flaunted by exec, leaves little surprise for CES  —  How big is too big?  Well, that's clearly not Huawei's concern, as it's about to introduce a 6.1-inch 1080p Android phone at CES.  But even two weeks (before the company's CES press day) …
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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