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December 2, 2013, 7:20 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple acquires Topsy, a company specializing in Twitter search and analytics, for more than $200M  —  Apple Taps Into Twitter, Buying Social Analytics Firm Topsy  —  Apple Inc. has acquired social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs Inc. for more than $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Buys Topsy For Price Reportedly North Of $200M, Could Use Social Signals To Bolster Siri, App Store Relevance  —  Apple has purchased social analytics firm Topsy, which focuses on parsing data from Twitter, reports The Wall Street Journal.  The deal was apparently worth ‘more than $200M’ according to the publication.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft codename ‘Threshold’: The next major Windows wave takes shape  —  Summary: Microsoft's wave of spring 2015 updates to its various Windows-based platforms has a codename: Threshold.  —  When I blogged recently about Microsoft's plans on the operating-systems front following Windows 8.1 …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
U.S. Department of Justice gives Microsoft-Nokia deal the OK  —  Summary: The U.S. DOJ has given its approval to Microsoft's planned $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business.  —  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has given its approval to Microsoft's pending acquisition …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google plans ‘floating retail store,’ builder says  —  It turns out that the mysterious high-tech barge that Google is building at Treasure Island is just the first of three floating wonders the company plans to launch, at a total cost of $35 million.  —  In a confidential budget report we obtained …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn't Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each  —  Microsoft Rolls Out Student Advantage, Giving Students Free Access To Its Office Suite  —  Salesforce has responded to cries of foul play in its $1 million hackathon by announcing …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Amazon Rejected by U.S. High Court on New York Sales Tax  —  The U.S. Supreme Court stayed out of the multibillion-dollar fight over Internet sales taxes, leaving intact a New York law that forces Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) to collect money from customers in that state.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Engadget's Cyber Monday 2013 roundup  —  As tempting as post-Thanksgiving savings are, some of us simply aren't brave enough to face the Black Friday hordes.  That doesn't mean stay-at-home shoppers aren't still looking for a bargain: Cyber Monday is upon us, and there are deals aplenty.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets “Significant Bounce” On 5c, 5s iPhones; Android Still Trumps With 71% Share Of All Sales  —  Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the WPP market research division that provides a rolling check-in on how smartphones are selling in key markets, has put out its latest figures this morning covering the 12 weeks that ended October 31.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Lack of competition, not technological barriers, prevents ISPs from offering gigabit speeds  —  Why Comcast and other cable ISPs aren't selling you gigabit Internet  —  “Perhaps you should switch to another cable company... oh, that's right, we're the only one in town.”  —  Viacom
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook tweaks News Feed to surface more articles and fewer memes, resurface stories when friends comment  —  Facebook today announced tweaks to its News Feed algorithm that focus on articles.  In particular, the company is looking to surface more articles that get clicks on mobile devices …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
BenQ rejoins the smartphone market with two tepid Android models  —  Contrary to what the execs told us back in September last year, BenQ has now decided that it should re-enter the smartphone business, and it's done so in Taiwan with two affordable quad-core models: the recently-launched …

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