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December 29, 2012, 4:20 PM

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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
I Can Has Funding: Cheezburger Raises $5M From Foundry, Madrona , Softbank For LOLcats, FAIL Blog And Other Memes  —  Cheezburger, the internet publisher responsible for LOLcats, FAIL Blog, and other memes, has raised $5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Removed 50 Million “Pirate” Search Results This Year  —  In common with many other websites on the Internet Google has an obligation to remove infringing content upon receiving a valid DMCA request from copyright holders.  —  To give the public insight into the scope and nature of this process …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Michigan Becomes Latest State To Protect Citizens From Employers And Schools Snooping On Private Social Feeds  —  Employers and schools in Michigan, the greatest state in the Nation, are now prohibited from asking employees and students for passwords to their personal email and social media accounts.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Which headline terms trended in 2012 on Techmeme?  —  “Help!  I'm trending!”  —  Forget all those other tacky end-of-year lists, and sit back and enjoy Techmeme's latest awesome end-of-year lists.  Yep, it's finally time to dive into the terms that trended up or down the most in Techmeme headlines this year.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Stanford Students And Professors Are Bridging The CS Gender Gap One Student At A Time  —  “Dude, I think that girl sitting in front of us is a CS major.”  —  “Nah, look at that glittery s**t in her hair.”  —  Bonnie McLindon, a junior computer science major at Stanford University …
Tweets: @sequoia_capitalThanks:@anthonyha
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
GitHub Has Big Dreams for Open-Source Software, and More  —  Software is not merely about automating every aspect of our lives anymore.  Some of its makers want to change the way we all interact, spreading their supposed egalitarian excellence.  —  Whether this is liberation …
Tweets: @gregorywass
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Frog Design's Hartmut Esslinger Reveals Early Apple Designs in New Book  —  Designboom (via The Verge) today got a hold of some photographs of early Apple computer designs from Hartmut Esslinger's new book, Design Forward.  —  Esslinger founded Frog Design, the company that Apple partnered …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Slingbox co-founder abruptly exits Amazon board as his new startup is sold  —  Updated at 2:56 p.m. with Amazon comment.  —  Technology entrepreneur Blake Krikorian, best known for co-founding Slingbox maker Sling Media, has left the Amazon board abruptly, after a little more than a year in the role.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

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