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December 28, 2012, 7:40 AM

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Reuters:
Analysis: For tech investors, it's hard to know when to bolt  —  (Reuters) - When Hewlett-Packard Co agreed to buy British software company Autonomy in August last year for $11.1 billion, two well-known investors made diametrically different bets on how the big deal would play out.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Adding 415 apps daily, Windows 8 blows past the 35,000 app milestone  —  Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system now has a total of 35,0000 applications in its Store, according to tracking website MetroStore Scanner.  —  The total tally, 35,167, represents a growth of 14,557 in the last 35 days …
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
‘Leaked’ BlackBerry 10 info shows video chat and screen sharing in BBM, new task manager  —  Top dog at RIM Thorsten Heins heavily implied that video chat would be added to BBM when BlackBerry 10 showed up, and now possible confirmation of the feature has come from what are thought to be leaked presentation slides.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM's First Patent Payment to Nokia: $65 Million  —  When Research In Motion settled its patent dispute with Nokia last week, the company agreed to make a “one-time payment and on-going payments” to its Finnish adversary.  But the size of those payments wasn't disclosed, and the terms of the deal kept confidential.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Twitter-owned Posterous finally lets users export their data - will it now close down in 2013?  —  When Posterous was bought by Twitter in March, the team behind the blogging platform said it would introduce a system to allow users to export their data from the service “in the coming weeks”.
Carlos Tejada / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Court Hits Apple in Copyright Dispute  —  BEIJING—A Beijing court ordered Apple Inc. to pay 1.03 million yuan, or about $165,000, to a group of local writers who said the U.S. gadget maker sold unlicensed copies of their books online, according to state media.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Christmas Day 2012 saw a record 17.4m Android and iOS device activations, 2.5x more than in 2011  —  It's no surprise that more Android and iOS devices are activated on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year.  Yet on Christmas Day 2012, more iPhones, iPads, Galaxies, Kindle Fires …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Despite Alibaba Lastest IPO Rumors, Yahoo Deal Creates Incentive to Offering by End of 2015  —  It seems like a month does not pass without another rumor about when Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba Group will have its much-anticipated IPO.  —  Today, in the latest loosely-sourced report …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Falls to Four-Year Low in Online Customer Satisfaction Survey  —  The post-Ron Johnson era did not begin well for Apple.  Earlier this year, the company ousted Johnson's successor, John Browett, as head of its retail operations following a series of rare and embarrassing cockups.

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