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tmSome new 21.5-inch iMacs carry a stamp that says Assembled in the USA. iFixit found the stamp in a teardown as have several other consumers. Some made-to-order iMacs have had the stamp in the past but now it's showing up on standrad models. The FTC requires more than just importaing all the parts and "screwdriver" assembly to allow the "assembled in USA" designation. Apple's Tim Cook has expressed his desire to make as many products as possible in the US.http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/03/the-new-imac-designed-by-apple-in-california-assembled-in-usa/

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sliPad magazine The Daily is closing down after 21 months, after dismal subscription numbers, around 100,000. It needs more like 500,000 to break even...instad, was losing $30m a year. Parent company News Corp says the publication will "live on in other channels" and that some staff will move over to the New York Post. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/03/news-corp-close-ipad-the-daily

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tmThe Conference on Telecommunications has kicked off in Dubai with the goal of updating the 1988 treaty governing telecommunications regulation between countries. A lot of controversy has erupted over some proposals to change the way the Internet works or is governed. Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the ITU said the Internet is still a rich world privilege and the ITU wants to change that, but only proposals that receive unanimous consent can be adopted.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20575844

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slDigitimes reports Microsoft has cut orders for the rest of 2012 for the Surface RT tablet in half, from 4 million to 2 million units, and that the price of the Surface Pro might come down too and possibly be released before January. Prices for the Surface Pro currently start at $899 for a 64GB version, and $999 for the 128GB model. A Microsoft spokesperson denied the report, calling it "inconsistent" with comments Steve Ballmer made recently about ramping up supply and distribution for the Surface. http://www.itproportal.com/2012/12/03/report-microsoft-slashes-orders-surface-rt-tablets-2012/

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tmSamsung has argued that the foreman in its famous Apple patent case, Velvin Hogan, withheld key facts—including that he was sued by Seagate Technology, and that Apple knew it. In papers filed late Friday Apple revealed that it only never knew Hogan's relationship with Seagate.http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/12/new-filing-apple-knew-almost-nothing-about-jury-foreman-in-samsung-case/

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slIntel will cut power consumption "significantly" for future versions of its Ivy Bridge chip, a source tells Cnet. Ivy Bridge chips, like the ones in Windows ultrabooks, Macbook Airs, and the upcoming Surface Pro, are 17 watts. Lower wattages would make the chips more power efficient and allow them to go into more versions of tablets. Intel's Z2760 system-on-a-chip is used in a variety of other windows 8 tablets, but an Ivy Bridge version would greatly boost performance.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57556556-92/intel-to-slash-power-consumption-on-ivy-bridge-chip/

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tmTechCrunch reports Facebook is in talk to acquire multiplatform messaging app Whatsapp. Teh service has been successful with ad-free paid messaging in more than 100 countries on 750 mobile networks. Facebook has been focused on improving its mobile presence.http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/02/whats-up-with-whatsapp-facebook-might-want-to-buy-it-thats-what/

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slNow that the iPhone 5 is a go in China, Apple has turned its attention to the rest of the world. The company is launching the iPhone 5 in South Korea on Friday, December 7. A week later, the phone launches in a handful of counties, including Chile, Russia, and Armenia. December 21st is the next big launch, with countries such as Egypt, Kenya, and Vietnam getting iPhone 5 access. All told, the phone will launch in 100 countries in less than three months, the fastest rollout of the iPhone to date.http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/12/03/apple-announces-iphone-5-hitting-south-korea-on-dec-7-50-additional-markets-across-december/

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tmPope Benedict the XVI has posted to Twitter before on the official Vatican accoutn but starting December 12th, the Pope gets his own username @pontifex. The Vatican says the Pope will uise a question and answer format for his first Twitter session and invited people to start sending questions.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20581755

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slScientists build 'super-bulb' out of plastic, it's (apparently) fantastichttp://www.engadget.com/2012/12/03/fipel-bulb/BEST OF

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tmU.N. confab puts focus on control of the Internethttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57556713-93/u.n-confab-puts-focus-on-control-of-the-internet/

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Internet Hangs in Balance as World Governments Meet in Secrethttp://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/12/itc-internet-meetings

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Google campaign pagehttps://www.google.com/takeaction/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=hpp&utm_campaign=12032012freeandopen_enSOURCE

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Vint Cerf's posthttp://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/keep-internet-free-and-open.htmlSOURCE

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- World Conference on International Telecommunications: Update World telecom regs. established in 1988
- ITU wants to increase security and improve accessibility
- over 900 new regulation changes have been proposed by 193 nations
- Google home page hash tage #freeandopen
- freeandopenweb.com asks people to "add your voice"
- Hamadoun Touré, the ITU Secretary-General: no proposal accepted without unanimity
- Biggest issue seems to be the closed nature of the discussion

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slDroplet Plans To Disrupt Mobile Cash With No-Charges Payment App For iPhonehttp://techcrunch.com/2012/12/03/droplet-plans-to-disrupt-mobile-cash-with-no-charges-payment-app-for-iphone/

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- new iOS app called Droplet is competing with Square and other mobile payments companies by not charging transaction fees to buyers or sellers.
- currently live with merchants in Birmingham, UK, but there are plans to roll it out more widely.
- how it works: You and other party both have the app. You can add cash to your side of the app via a debit or credit card. if you're at participating retailer, you can scan a special bar code to pay. Location-based on which merchants nearby are using it.
- stats :50+ merchants in Birmingham City Centre, 1,000+ users, average payment value around 10 pounds sterling
- team says security is military-grade, everything stored on servers using SSL/TLS encryption, no permanent connection to existing bank accounts. former brand director for visa europe is on the team.
$$- i put money in my Droplet account and can access/remove at any time. Droplet makes small amt. of interest from my funds if they sit there. droplet says more and more ppl are doing it this way

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tmSome new iMacs marked as being 'Assembled in USA'http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/12/02/some-new-imacs-marked-as-being-assembled-in-america

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Some iMacs labeled 'Assembled in USA,' teardown showshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57556666-37/some-imacs-labeled-assembled-in-usa-teardown-shows/

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Why (some) manufacturing is returning to the USAhttp://boingboing.net/2012/12/03/why-some-manufacturing-is-re.html

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- iFixit and some other users found "Assembled in USA' stamped on 21.5-inch iMacs.
- Some made-to-order or refurbished products have carried the USA stamp
- FTC regulations mean you can't say assembled in USA w/o qualification if you just imported all the parts
no simple "screwdriver" operation
- Sacramento Business Journal noticed in September that Elk Grove’s workforce had grown 50 percent on the year.
Lenovo's plant in NC assembles with parts from overseas and call sit "Assembled in US with some foreign content"

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tmNews Corp to close iPad newspaper The Dailyhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/03/news-corp-close-ipad-the-daily

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The Daily shutting down Dec. 15 after 21 months (Feb. 2011)
- losing $30m a year and amassed about 100,000 subs
- $0.99 a week or $39.99 a year, needed about 500,000 subs to break even
Q: What would make a digital newspaper successuful?

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tmMicrosoft's domino effect: Poor PC sales could unravel companyhttp://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-domino-effect-poor-pc-sales-could-unravel-company-7000008209/

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ITProPortal reports Microsoft has cut orders for the Surface RT from 4 million to 2 million units on slowing sales.
- DigiTimes thinks it might mean a lower price for the Surface Pro
- "this report is inconsistent with comments Steve Ballmer made several weeks ago regarding Microsoft ramping up supply and distribution for Surface with Windows RT," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement.
- other makers of Windows RT-based tablets—Asus, Samsung, and Dell—are also experiencing "weak" consumer demand for those devices, according to DigiTimes.
- Zack Whitaker on BTL arguing poor PC sales could unravel company
Q: Doom and gloom from haters or real concerns?

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slMobile Drives Adoption Of Social Media In 2012: Apps & Mobile Web Account For Majority Of Growth; Nearly Half Of Social Media Users Access Sites On Smartphoneshttp://techcrunch.com/2012/12/03/mobile-drives-adoption-of-social-media-in-2012-apps-mobile-web-account-for-majority-of-growth-nearly-half-of-social-media-users-access-sites-on-smartphones/

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- report published by Nielsen and NM Incite finds consumers now spend around 20% of their total time online using social networks via PCs & 30% of their time via mobile, the report found. Social media usage in U.S. grew 37% overall. 121 billion minutes in July 2012, up from 88 billion minutes the prev. year
- mobile numbers saw big growth: 46% of social media users say they access via smartphones, and 16% said via tablet
- in the US, U.S. mobile web audience as a whole grew 82% from last July, the mobile app audience jumped up 85%. PC audience fell 4%
FB most popular SN in the US. 152.2 million visitors via PC, 78.4 million visitors using mobile apps, and 74.3 million visitors using the mobile website. Google’s Blogger in 2nd place. (58.5 million), followed by Twitter (37.0 million),
- Pinterest had biggest year-over-year increase (up 1,047 percent to 27.2 million) in unique audience and time spent on social networks across PCs, mobile web and mobile applications.

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Happy 20th Birthday SMS: In a world first, on 3 December 1992, an engineer sent the message "Merry Christmas" from a PC to a mobile device using Vodafone's UK network.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20555620

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iTunes Event Taking Place In Moscow On Dec 4: Is Russia Finally Getting Apple’s Music Service?http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/03/itunes-event-taking-place-in-moscow-on-dec-4-is-russia-finally-getting-apples-music-service/

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NBC’s Brian Williams Gets a Sit-Down With Apple CEO Tim Cook, Interview to Air December 6http://allthingsd.com/20121130/nbcs-brian-williams-gets-a-sit-down-with-apple-ceo-tim-cook-interview-to-air-dec-6/

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