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December 3, 2013, 2:00 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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