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PayPal President David Marcus On Cyber Monday, In-Store Payments, Data Strategy And Moreview story

http://techcrunch.com – PayPal President David Marcus held an informal sit-down with reporters today in San Francisco to address the recent shopping activity over the holidays, PayPal’s strategy on data and mobile, and the potential for the company to take a stake in in-store payments. The payments giant said earlier today that mobile payments on Cyber Monday were already up 196 percent, and Marcus confirmed that i (IT news)

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China Is Now Angry Birds’ Biggest Market By Daily Users Says Rovio At Slushview story

http://techcrunch.com – Speaking at the new super-sized Slush conference in Helsinki today (seriously, this thing has gotten a lot bigger), Rovio heads Niklas Hed (co-founder) and ‘Mighty Eagle’ Peter Vesterbacka, revealed to TechCrunch’s Kim Mai-Cutler on stage that Chinese players of Angry Birds had recently overtaken the US in terms of daily usage, and that back in the early days the game almost got (IT news)

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China’s Google, Baidu, Raises $1.5B In Bond Sale To Pay Down Debt And Fund M&Aview story

http://techcrunch.com – Baidu, China’s search behemoth, has announced that it is raising $1.5 billion in a two-part bond sale to write down debt and build up its war chest: Baidu remains the country’s biggest search portal but has of late been feeling the heat of competition from domestic rival Qihoo 360, an antivirus software company that launched its own search engine in August. Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director (IT news)

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VeriFone Battles Back Against Square, PayPal With New Technology Partnerships And Moreview story

http://techcrunch.com – VeriFone is no small player in the payments world—the company, which is worth over $3 billion, is actually the largest provider of in-store credit card processing payments terminals in the U.S. (IT news)

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2013 IT Checklist: Top 5 Must-Have Skillsetsview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Well I can’t believe it but ThanksHanuChristmas is upon us. It seems like just yesterday I was BBQing in the yard and lazing by the pool. Well, with three kids, it isn’t really lazing … more like dunking and throwing. (IT news)

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Jive Software Acquires Meetings.io and Producteev To Enhance Social Platform With Real-Time Messaging And Task Managementview story

http://techcrunch.com – Jive Software is acquiring meetings.io, a real-time communications platform, and Producteev, a cloud-based task management provider in a combined deal worth $7.6 million and 460,000 in Jive stock. Meetings.io is a platform that Jive CEO Tony Zingale says fits into the company’s social platform by allowing screen sharing, video conferencing and the loosely fit pieces that make up a unified co (IT news)

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George Lucas: I Sold Lucasfilm To Disney To ‘Protect It’view story

http://techcrunch.com – Though it’s obviously more of a show business story than it is a technology industry story, the news of Lucasfilm’s $4 billion sale to Disney has reverberated throughout the tech world this afternoon. This is partly just because of Star Wars’ cult status among the geeks (and I use that term with all respect and love) who make the web go ’round. (IT news)

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Where Hollywood And Tech Collide: Disney To Buy ‘Star Wars’ Maker Lucasfilm For $4.05 Billionview story

http://techcrunch.com – The worlds of Hollywood, tech, and gaming are getting cozier than ever. The latest evidence of this came this afternoon, with the announcement that entertainment juggernaut Walt Disney Company will buy Lucasfilm, the film production company best known for making the Star Wars series, in a cash-and-stock deal worth $4.05 billion. This is a major payday for George Lucas, the screenwriter, director, (IT news)

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Michael Dell Interview: Windows 8 and So Much Moreview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Michael Dell is in New York this week for customer meetings amid Microsoft‘s big Windows 8 launch. Sure, Dell hopes to cash in on the new operating system across tablets, ultrabooks and PCs. But that’s only one Dell priority within a much grander strategy. Where is Michael taking the company next? The VAR Guy will pursue answers later today during a one-on-one interview with Mr. Dell. (IT news)

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Apple Now Has $121.3 Billion In Cash: More Than Amazon’s Market Cap Or A Space Stationview story

http://techcrunch.com – It’s easy to forget the big picture when you report on a quarterly earnings. Apple has seen a tremendous year. With $156 billion in revenue representing 45 percent growth compared to 2011, and an incredible 61 percent increase of net income compared to 2011. (IT news)