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December 3, 2013, 4:45 AM

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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 …
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 …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Netflix is balancing its streaming traffic across Amazon's cloud  —  Netflix is fighting back outages in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform with a new architecture that has its streaming-video service running live across multiple regions of the AWS cloud and balancing user traffic between them.
Danielle Kucera / Bloomberg:
Cyber Monday Sales Increase 19%, Aided by Mobile, IBM Says  —  Cyber Monday online sales increased 19 percent compared with last year, setting the foundation for what's projected to be the biggest online shopping day of 2013.  —  Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users are especially benefiting …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Guardian:
Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance  —  UN's senior counter-terrorism official says revelations ‘are at the very apex of public interest concerns’  —  The UN's senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers …
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Year In Review Includes Top Searches For 2013 & First Ever Posting Of Top Tumblr Trends  —  Yahoo has assembled an impressive list of search trends for 2013, covering 38 different “Top Searched” lists on everything from top searches overall to top searched cookies (yes, the ones you eat).
More: The Next Web and Yahoo
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Landmark Princeton Study Sends Bots Across The Web To Track Discrimination  —  Privacy advocates have long argued that the commercialization of our online data is a worrying trend, but it's been hard to argue why since the advertising and marketing firms who track much of what we do, operate in obscurity.
Thanks:@parmy
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 …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Judge: MPAA can't call Hotfile founders “pirates” or “thieves” at trial  —  Action figures that absolutely can't be used in the upcoming MPAA v. Hotfile trial.  —  lamont_cranston / flickr  —  In years past, the Motion Picture Association of America has had success in shutting down peer …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Student Advantage worldwide, lets teachers who bought Office 365 give it to students for free  —  Microsoft today announced the worldwide launch of a program called Student Advantage.  In short, the move lets teachers offer Office 365 to their students for free.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dropping the needle: the life and death of Turntable.fm  —  Meet me in the club, it's going down  —  Tonight at 10PM EST, the virtual DJs at Turntable.fm will be escorted off the stage for the last time.  Two and a half years after founders Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein captivated music fans …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
OCZ Says Toshiba to Buy Assets for $35 Million  —  Defunct flash-storage vendor OCZ Technology Group (OCZ) this afternoon announced that Toshiba (6502JP) will buy the company's assets out of bankruptcy for $35 million, including both OCZ's consumer business and its enterprise solid-state drive business.

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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
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