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News Corp. cans The Daily

iPad-only newspaper The Daily ends run, texting turns 20, and a Tumblr worm spams popular blogs.

News Corp. axes The Daily.

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The Daily, which was an ambitious tablet-only news publication backed by News Corp., is shutting its doors December 15. Launched back in February 2011, The Daily was an interactive newspaper stylized for consumption on the iPad. Best of all, a year's subscription went for only $40 and offered a wide variety of sections. While there will be no more issues of The Daily, its brand will live on other channels within News Corp.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first text message. On December 3, 1992, SMS pioneer Matti Makkonen successfully sent the message "Merry Christmas" from a PC to a mobile device using the U.K.'s Vodaphone network. Now, an estimated 8 trillion messages are sent each year.

Speaking of texting, a backlog of your text messages may soon be readily available to police according to a request by a number of law enforcement groups, which has been submitted to Congress. The proposal would require wireless carriers to keep two years worth of text messages to help aid any investigations. Such information is not currently mandatory, but the whole idea already has privacy advocates up in arms.

A massive worm hit Tumblr today, which wound up spamming big blogs like USA Today and even us here at CNET. Hacker group GNAA has taken responsibility for the attack claiming that 8,600 Tumblr users were compromised. Security software and hardware provider Sophos believes the worm took advantage of Tumblr's reblogging feature, which is what allowed the worm to spread so quickly.

Google has launched a new version of the company's Maps API which should open the door for more functionality for developers and software makers. The new platform offers tons of new potential, most notably for vector-displayed 2D and 3D maps, which will now allow for tilting and rotating. Also new is the ability to display and manipulate photo spheres, a special camera mode in Android 4.2.

Mitsubishi will become the last TV manufacturer to abandon rear-projection TV technology. While the picture quality was pretty good, these TVs were often bulky and took up too much space. While other companies stopped making them in 2008, give credit to Mitsubishi for holding on so long.

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