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December 28, 2012, 9:45 AM

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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.
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
The cost of Netflix's political win: $1 million in lobbying over two years and its own PAC  —  Netflix has a win under its belt heading into 2013: its users will soon be able to share their video viewing history through social channels.  A small feature one might think …
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.
Matt Tatham / Experian:
Christmas Day 2012 retail visits increase 27% compared to 2011  —  The home stretch for the holidays is nearing as second wind for retailers is just starting as Experian Marketing Services analyzes the post-Christmas retail trend.  Christmas Day 2012 saw a 27% increase in online traffic to the top 500 retail sites compared to 2011.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Here come the design patents: new law boosts rights in shapes, designs  —  One of Apple's key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance of a product.  Critics have denounced these patents as a way to own “rounded rectangles” …
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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